Tag:Charles Oakley
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:48 am
Edited on: February 22, 2012 1:51 pm

Charles Oakley calls out Garnett, Barkley

Charles Oakley called out KG and Charles Barkley over their behavior on Jime Rome's show. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore

Charles Oakley has opinions. And he will tell you them. And you will listen. Or he will destroy you. And now the former Knick has turned his attention to two outspoken NBA personalities in Kevin Garnett and the Chuckster, Charles Barkley. 

Oakley appeared on "The Jim Rome Show"with Jim Rome Tuesday and spoke about the two. He did not hold back. You are not surprised. To the quotes! From Sports Talk Network:
"Garnett left Minnesota and hollered and screamed and all that but he's not a tough guy. He’s one of the weakest guys to ever play the game. He’s a complimentary player and went to Paul Pierce’s team and won a championship. I wouldn’t consider him a top 10 tough guy."
via Charles Oakley rips KG, Barkley.

Oakley's claims are harsh, no shock there, but they are reflective of the other side of KG. Garnett comes off as so intense because of the screaming and pounding his head against the stanchion and whatnot. And he has been known to get into some physical altercations... usually with diminutive point guards. His M.O is usually to reach out and slap or shove someone, then to back off while being "restrained" by his teammates. 

Thing is, that's a good thing.

Garnett shows restraint, which helps his team win ball games. He protects his reputation, gets in the head of his opponents, and doesn't get ejected. It's the best of all worlds. And while Garnett is certainly not as tough as the character he portrays when the arena lights come on, to say he's one of the weakest to ever play is absurd. You can't be as great a defender as he is without being at least slightly-above-average tough.

But I'll let you tell Oakley that. Because he terrifies me.

Oaklay also weighed in on legend Charles Barkley, a friend of Michael Jordan who Oakley is also notoriously close with. He was not much nicer to the Round Mound Who Isn't So Round Anymore: 
 Barkley for his size was a good player but he’s a coward though. He was a good player for his size but, he wasn’t a leader and wasn’t a role model. Now he talks so bad about younger guys, I don’t respect that from him…He’s a fraud, he can criticize all the younger kids and if he got something to say, call them and talk to them before you just blast them. He’s wants to be funny, that whole TNT thing and all that, they’re like some clowns on that show.
via Charles Oakley rips KG, Barkley.

As Jim Rome would say, "strong."

Jeez, Oak, don't hold back. Tell us how you feel. 

("ROME with Jim Rome" debuts on CBS Sports Network April 3rd.  You can follow him on Twitter @JimRome.
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:48 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2011 7:01 pm

Oakley: LeBron missing what Michael Jordan had

Posted by Ben Golliver


If your goal is to measure a man's worth, you probably want to talk to Ernest Hemingway, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Charles Oakley. Those guys pretty clearly established themselves as the experts at sizing people up. Hemingway would take the subject to the bar to see how much he could drink, King would distill a man's soul in a few lines of speech, and Oakley, one of the NBA's most notorious tough guys, would just stand there, glaring, seeing if the guy flinched. What more do you need to know?

As such, HoopsWorld.com asked Oakley to chime in with his thoughts about much-maligned Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James. Earlier this year, former Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen declared that James would go down as the greatest basketball player of all time, ranking ahead of The Greatest Player Of All Time, Bulls guard Michael Jordan. Pippen later walked back the comments but the damage was done.

Here's what Oakley had to say.
"I wouldn’t put [James and Jordan] in the same conversation."

"It took a while for Michael to win championships too, but they have a different swagger, a different demeanor. If I would compare anybody to Michael Jordan, it would be Kobe Bryant. Point blank. I know LeBron well; he don’t have what Michael have so I’m not even gonna discuss that one." 

"To be a superstar (LeBron) has to go back to his fundamentals… work on his post game, work off the ball."
Not in the same converation. Not even going to discuss it. Has to get back to his fundamentals. Wham. Bam. Thank you, ma'am.

It goes without saying that Oakley is about as biased as one can get in this particular evaluation. After all, he was Jordan's teammate with the Bulls and Wizards, serving as an on-court bodyguard and off-court gambling buddy. He also served as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats, a team Jordan owns, and the two are reportedly close friends. Nothing has changed since the Bad Boy Detroit Pistons tried to rough up Jordan back in the day; Oakley still has his buddy's back.

But we shouldn't dismiss the finer points of Oakley's account simply because of his relationship with Jordan. After all, he's not really covering new ground in attacking James' psyche, polish and determination. His is just another voice repeating similar nit-picks of James' game that have persisted for years. It doesn't sound personal to Oakley. Just frank talk, as always. 

It's worth noting that Oakley and Pippen, who both spent significant time around Jordan, have such divergent opinions. Perhaps that's because Pippen was still around to win six titles with the Bulls while Oakley retired having never won a ring. It would be easy -- perhaps even natural -- for Pippen to take all that winning for granted or to assign himself an outsized portion of the credit for those six titles. Oakley, though, has no such luxury. He can only view Jordan as The Greatest through the lens of a man who saw him develop first-hand and then was defeated, time and again after he was traded to the New York Knicks, by the fully-formed product. Perspective is a mother!
Posted on: October 17, 2011 10:17 am
Edited on: October 17, 2011 11:35 am

Charles Oakley goes off on Knicks, Isiah

By Matt Moore

The list of things Charles Oakley is afraid of is pretty much death and giant spiders (everyone's afraid of giant spiders). Not on that list? The New York Knicks and their current organization. Oakley teed off over the weekend on all manner of Knicks personnel. And he started by replying to us, actually. 

We shared our post last week on Stoudemire's comments the players regarding starting a new league. Oakley replied: 
@EyeOnBasketball he need to win a playoff game first
via Twitter / @CharlesOakley34: @EyeOnBasketball he need t ....


(Stoudemire of course does have lots of playoff wins... but none in New York after their sweep by the Celtics this past spring.)

And Oak wasn't done. At the opening of his clothing collection at a store in New York, the former Knickerbocker unloaded on the Knicks, saying they have nothing but hype,  that Mike D'Antoni's system can't be successful, and criticizing upper management for not hiring Patrick Ewing or himself. He commented that instead they prefer to have Isiah Thomas around... who Oakley has some strong words for in particular. From the New York Post:
“Y’all should have tried to call me and talk to me, and maybe we could have gotten LeBron to New York. You went to Isiah [Thomas], and some of these other guys that don’t know the guy.”

Speaking of Thomas, Oakley did little to hide his feelings about the former team president.

“I don’t understand how he even got a job with management,” said Oakley, 47. “He had nothing to do with the Knicks, then he talked bad about the Knicks ... If I see him, he’d better turn around and go the other way.”
via Former Knicks star rips everyone from Amar’e to Isiah - NYPOST.com.

Let's see. Where does Oakley rank on the list of people I want saying they would confront me if they saw me? Ah, here we go:

2,664,868: Michael Myers
2,664,869: Charles Oakley
2,664,870: Bill Romanowski circa 1997

Good luck with that, Zeke. 

The Knicks are under no obligation to keep Oakley in the loop or even in good relations. But it doesn't look good for the organization to keep him at arm's length. But then again, if he's going to make comments like that, it's hard to see what kind of relationship they could have with him. Guy's not exactly known for not speaking his mind, you know?
Posted on: August 12, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 4:30 pm

Shaquille O'Neal's NBA MMA hit list

Posted by Ben Gollivershaq-barkley-fight

The ongoing NBA lockout has Shaquille O'Neal stuck in an awkward purgatory between "ruining the Boston Celtics' season" and "getting paid to make fun of Kenny Smith on a full-time basis".

How is O'Neal spending his days now that he's retired from the NBA as a player but not yet able to offer television commentary? By dabbling in Mixed Martial Arts, of course.

O'Neal joined a panel of fringe characters who operate on the margins of society on HDNet's Inside MMA program to discuss who he would like to take on in an MMA fight. Who made up O'Neal's hit list? A bunch of the usual suspect -- retired power forwards -- and one surprise: O'Neal's most recent boss, the President of the Boston Celtics.

"I don't know about this new NBA," O'Neal said. "I'm going to answer that with some old school players. Charles Oakley, definitely. [Charles] Barkley, [Karl] Malone, Xavier McDaniel and I'm going to throw a white guy in there. Who should I pick for a white guy? Not Larry Bird. I'm going to go with Danny Ainge. Because Danny Ainge one time bit Tree Rollins' finger almost off." 

There was one current player who O'Neal could see entering the ring.

"Ron Artest, you know you could probably put in there," O'Neal said. "But other than that, I'm not sure."

Here's the video of O'Neal's appearance courtesy of YouTube user HDNetFights.

Hat tip: Los Angeles Times
Posted on: December 23, 2010 12:40 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:47 pm

Jordan's Bobcats add Charles Oakley as assistant

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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