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Jordan's Bobcats add Charles Oakley as assistant

Posted on: December 23, 2010 12:40 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:47 pm
 
The Charlotte Bobcats have added owner Michael Jordan's long-time friend, Charles Oakley, as an assistant coach. Posted by Ben Golliver jordan-oakley

Michael Jordan and Charles Oakley go back a long time. Before getting traded to the New York Knicks, Oakley was famously Young Jordan's basketball bodyguard, an enforcer tasked with protecting the high-flying star from nightly drubbings. The pair teamed up briefly again during Jordan's comeback with the Washington Wizards, and they've long been known for their hard-partying off-court exploits.  On Thursday, Yahoo! Sports reports that Jordan has tabbed Oakley as one of the assistants to join interim head coach Paul Silas, on a staff which will reportedly also include Stephen Silas and Ralph Lewis.

At first glance, this looks like an uber-rich friend doing a favor for his rich friend, but this might not be the worst idea in the world. With former head coach Larry Brown departing so quickly after making comments about problems in the locker room, it's difficult to think of a better head-cracking enforcer than Oakley. If getting young players to behave and play harder is what's needed, nobody can scare some sense into them quite like Oakley, who made his reputation as a physical rebounder on the tough-as-nails Knicks teams of the 1990s.  I always thought Oakley could wind up as the single best high school security officer of all time, and that's pretty much what he'll be asked to do with the Bobcats, so this feels like a natural fit. To be honest, I'm sitting here at my desk, 3,000 miles away from Charlotte, afraid to cross the line on any more quips, lest Oakley hunt me down. If I was sitting next to him on the bench, or having him glower at me during practices, I would be giving 100 percent, no questions asked. Surely the Bobcats will fall in line. For Oakley, the position will require that he exercise a bit more prudence in his public comments. Earlier this week, in an interview with Miami radio station WQAM, for example, he referred to TNT commentator Charles Barkley as a "***hole" and cursed repeatedly, according to a transcript posted on SportsRadioInterviews.com.  That kind of thing will get you fined right out of the league by NBA Commissioner David Stern. Charlotte isn't going anywhere anyway, so this move rates an A+ based on the potential entertainment factor alone.
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Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2010 5:32 pm
 

Jordan's Bobcats add Charles Oakley as assistant

And what player's have made the better head coach, (Phil Jackson, Pat Riley), it appears that they were role players when they werec in the league.



Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2010 4:05 pm
 

Jordan's Bobcats add Charles Oakley as assistant

Once again Jordan shows he is a savvy trendsetter, and a jetsetter who has reinvented and set the tone for a chic lifestyle. I can see that following this appointment Mark Cuban will Hire Chuck Norris and Jerry Reinsdorf will bring in Mr T to add to their benches. I pity the players.
But seriously though this has a strong wiff of nepotism about it, Oakley did some things very well and I admired his hardworking game. Charlotte needs a lot right now, but a bit of heart, a team ethic and aggressive defence around the basket are all things that Oakley could bring to the group.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2010 3:55 pm
 

Jordan's Bobcats add Charles Oakley as assistant

Oakley is considered one of if not the best help defender during his era. His defensive talents and grit could go a long way. Positioning, playing in space, rebounding all are a huge part of what Oakley did. If he can relate to them, it certainly could work. Just dont let oak talk to the media when hes mad



Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2010 3:25 pm
 

Jordan's Bobcats add Charles Oakley as assistant

I think its a horrible move by MJ. Oakley really? I know ya'll good friends and all, but this is clearly a bad decision. Oakley can't coach. He was an alright role player.



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2010 3:16 pm
 

Jordan's Bobcats add Charles Oakley as assistant

I think this is a great hire and will propel the Bobcats to 12 NBA titles in a row with DJ Augustin winning 12 straight MVP crowns. Man!! The Egg Nog is really kicking in! Whew!! What the hell did I just write! What the hell is in my Nog!



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2010 2:33 pm
 

Jordan's Bobcats add Charles Oakley as assistant

They look like they fell out of one of those "Spy vs. Spy" cartoons. MJ is rocking the black and Oak is going with the white. Now they just need fedoras and a few bombs.



Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2010 2:02 pm
 

Jordan's Bobcats add Charles Oakley as assistant

Oakley has said many times that the knicks want nothing to do with him and he wants to coach good for him to get the opportunity.




Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2010 1:15 pm
 

Jordan's Bobcats add Charles Oakley as assistant

Michael gettin' his drink on in the pic -- great pic by the way -- those two dudes are about to partaaaaayyyy.  




Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2010 1:08 pm
 

Jordan's Bobcats add Charles Oakley as assistant

That's a good look for the Oak Tree who is my favorite ALL-TIME Knick. I just wished it was for the Knicks players that could of used that kind of knowledgeable hustler on their staff.


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