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Former New York Knick, Charles Oakley is making headlines again. This time he is making comments on Stat and Melo and their roles as leaders on the Knicks. He questions their ability to be able to blend their teamwork and bring out the best in each of the other players. Yet, Stat and Melo are getting off easy. Back in February, Oakley made some pretty harsh comments on Charles Barkley, KG, and Kendrick Perkins. It’s clear he isn’t a fan when it comes to those three.
It seems that Oakley earned the right to speak his mind after his career performance in the NBA. My parents (Knicks fans) always talk of him as the NBA legend that represented the true spirit of New York – determined, strong, gritty, relentless, fearless and built like an oak tree. To hear my parents tell it, Oakley always gave “110% every game” and he was a “defensive monster” who intimidated the other team just by being on the court. He was known for his rebounding abilities and pure hustle on the floor.
I wanted to find out more about Oakley, so I checked out his career stats. Oakley came to the Knicks in 1988 in a trade that sent Bill Cartwright to the Bulls. He spent 10 years playing at MSG before being traded to the Toronto Raptors in 1998. In 1994, he was named to both the All-Defense team and the All-Star team. Some of his career highlights that stood out to me is that he averaged an impressive 9.6 rebounds per game, averaged 1.1 steals per game, which is very good for a power forward, and had a more than decent field goal percentage, averaging 47.1%.
So, I am wondering, is the legend of Charles Oakley as great as my parents tell it? Or does their love for the player cloud their judgment? Was he the ultimate defensive NYer? Would you want him on the Knicks today? Who has the attitude and skills of Oakley in today’s NBA? What player would you compare to him today?
My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.