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July 15, 2011 Updates

Silas said assistant coach Charles Oakley has had one operation to address the back pain he's suffered in recent months and will have another procedure this month. It's still undetermined whether Oakley will recover enough to resume coaching responsibilities. The Bobcats added another coach, Rob Werdann, who could oversee big men, as Oakley has. Charlotte Observer

June 28, 2011 Updates

The Bobcats added an assistant coach for next season on Tuesday amid concerns Charles Oakley won’t be able to return to the bench because of health issues. Coach Paul Silas announced former Golden State assistant Rob Werdann will join his staff. The former St. John’s big man who played briefly in the NBA has also been an assistant in New Orleans. “I was told they were going to add a coach and I jumped at the chance,” Werdann said. New York Post

June 4, 2011 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach Charles Oakley isn't sure he'll be able to return to his job because of a painful back condition he says was caused during an assault last year in Las Vegas. Oakley has sued the Aria hotel-casino, claiming he was beaten by security guards in May 2010. Oakley said Saturday that two slipped disks from the incident led to a painful sciatic nerve condition that forced him to miss the Bobcats' final 13 games. He's still having trouble walking. CBSSports.com

May 31, 2011 Updates

Silas said assistant coach Charles Oakley's back spasms have not subsided. That could cause Oakley to need back surgery, Silas said, and it's uncertain at this point whether Oakley can return as an assistant coach. Charlotte Observer

May 14, 2011 Updates

Charles Oakley, one of the NBA's all-time tough guys and now a Charlotte Bobcats assistant, has sued a Las Vegas resort over what he calls a May 2010 "gang-style beatdown" by security guards that injured him. The Las Vegas Sun reports Oakley filed the lawsuit Thursday in Clark County District Court against the Aria hotel-casino at MGM Resorts International's CityCenter complex and five security officers. San Antonio Express-News

May 7, 2011 Updates
April 7, 2011 Updates

Charles Oakley, one of the NBA's all-time tough guys, doesn't want to talk about his excruciating back pain. "I'm good," the Charlotte Bobcats assistant said recently before brushing off further questions. Yet one quick look at Oakley shows he's not. He hasn't returned to the bench since having to be carried from the court before a game in San Antonio last month with a sciatic nerve problem that's made it difficult to walk. "He's not doing too good right now," Bobcats coach Paul Silas said Thursday. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The 47-year-old Oakley is the latest example of an NBA coach walking the fine line of teaching from the sidelines and hands-on instruction. There's plenty of other harsh examples, ranging from Patrick Ewing's broken foot to Nate McMillan's ruptured Achilles' tendon to the sight of Bobcats owner Michael Jordan icing both knees after practicing with his team. "It catches up with you. I've been through that. You forget," said Golden State coach Keith Smart, who when he was an assistant regularly banged with players. "It gets to the point where your body tells you that can't do it anymore but your mind tells you that you can. So you start having the pains players are having, but you're older." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

March 27, 2011 Updates

Charles Oakley , the NBA 's toughest assistant coach, has been troubled by a back injury that caused him to miss the last three games, including last night's game against the Knicks . Oakley, 47, who joined the Charlotte staff when Paul Silas took over for Larry Brown on Dec. 22, suffered the injury -- a sciatic nerve irritation -- while working out his team's big men before the March 19 game in San Antonio . Newsday

"It's important because not too many coaches do that," Silas said. "Players have all the power and I think they're kind of afraid to confront them and make them adhere to the principles that you're putting out there. Oak, in no uncertain terms, lets them know. "He's had it out with a few guys here," Silas added. "He gains their respect, and that's what's most important." Newsday

A few minutes after going into the Bobcats’ locker room Jordan emerges to shake my hand as I stand in the hallway talking to Charles Oakley, another of Jordan’s longtime friends and former teammates who is a Bobcats assistant coach. “He’s a good guy,” Oakley is saying as MJ steps up behind him. Jordan smiles and tells me that if Oakley can just get 10 rebounds a night, then he’ll come back to the game and score big. “If he can get 10, I can get 20,” he says gamely. He’s kidding, of course. If only if were that easy. No, Jordan well knows he’s facing a long, narrow path to success, one where respect is won one step at a time. HoopsHype

March 14, 2011 Updates

Darren Andrade: Charles Oakley with some words for Reggie Evans on that air ball buzzer-beater attempt. Oakley: "That was some bullshit you put up there." Twitter

February 1, 2011 Updates
January 12, 2011 Updates

"Tom's just a feisty guy," Oakley said. "He made sure the drills and situations were right. He got the right head for a head coach. I'm glad he got a chance. I know he will put his work in and give his team a chance. "The Bulls are well-coached. You got probably the best post-up in the East in (Carlos) Boozer and the best point guard in (Derrick) Rose. The Bulls are going to be a top-four seed. I think they will beat Atlanta out. Atlanta is playing good now. But once Noah comes back, the Bulls can pass them. "Boston is dying down a little because of (Kevin) Garnett. The game has a little more speed now. They say Boston is getting ready for the playoffs. But it's a long way from the playoffs." Chicago Tribune

December 27, 2010 Updates

The Bobcats named Ralph Lewis, Charles Oakley and Stephen Silas as assistant coaches. Lewis played professionally for 10 years, including three seasons in the NBA. He was an assistant with the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma Thunder from 2005 to 2009. Previously, he coached the Huntsville Flight in the NBA Development League. Charlotte Observer

December 24, 2010 Updates

Interim Paul Silas is being permitted to assemble his own aides, as long as he hires Jordan's partners in pleasure and punishment. Charles Oakley already is on board. Wide World Wes and cherished au pair re Ahmad Rashard can't be far behind. New York Post

December 23, 2010 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Charles Oakley had been telling league friends that PJ Brown and Muggsy Bogues were joining staff too, but it doesn't appear to be the case. Twitter

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