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avoidingtheclowns
08-03-2007, 09:51 AM
well i had suggested him as an assistant but we seem to be looking for a mysterious PF

:D



At 43, Oakley wants to play again


BY FRANK ISOLA
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Friday, August 3rd 2007, 4:00 AM

Charles Oakley is so old that he calls Dikembe Mutombo "Junior." As a matter of fact, Oakley is so old that he broke into the league two years before Knicks rookie Wilson Chandler was born.

But the rugged power forward who played against Isiah Thomas and with Eddy Curry is serious about making a comeback. The 43-year-old, one of the most beloved players ever to wear a Knicks uniform, believes there are plenty of teams that could use his toughness, leadership and defense.
He specifically mentioned the Knicks, Nets, Cavs and Mavs. "Look at how bad Cleveland was in the NBA Finals," said Oakley, proving his tongue is still as sharp as his elbows. "They had big guys who couldn't move and can't shoot. They never knocked Tony Parker on his butt.

"I'm not saying I'm better than guys who play every day. But I can play 20 minutes a night. I understand the game. I can shoot, make free throws and defend. A lot of teams don't have a general on the floor. I'm not trying to steal from anybody. Give me a tryout and if you don't think I can do it, then just cut me."

Since telling the Toronto Star last week about his plans to play again, Oakley claims that he's attracted the interest of several teams but declined to name any.

It is unlikely that the Knicks, with 16 players under contract, could find a spot for Oakley. Two seasons ago, Thomas and former coach Larry Brown considered signing him but Oakley passed.

Oakley and Curry have remained close since being teammates in 2001-02 with the Bulls. Curry even asked Oakley for permission to wear Oakley's old No. 34 when Curry joined the Knicks.

Oakley thinks that Curry could be a franchise-caliber player, but not until he improves his conditioning.

"I didn't think he was in shape all year," Oakley said over the telephone yesterday. "He's got to get in better shape."

As for his own fitness, Oakley claims that he is in top form despite being out of the league for three years. He weighs 245 pounds, which is five pounds less than his usual playing weight.

"I'm in better shape than 70 or 80% of the guys in the league," he said.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2007/08/03/2007-08-03_at_43_oakley_wants_to_play_again-1.html

Robobtowncolt
08-03-2007, 09:53 AM
He should hire himself a big man coach to get in shape.

naptownmenace
08-03-2007, 10:14 AM
I'm down. Oakley is a great locker room guy and the type of tough nosed player the Pacers could use off the bench.

Actually I think he'd be best back in Chicago, in LA, or Miami. Boston really should consider giving him a call.

Doddage
08-03-2007, 10:47 AM
He's got attitude... any team would benefit from having a guy like him on it.

Trader Joe
08-03-2007, 11:18 AM
I want him as a big man coach.

GrangerRanger
08-03-2007, 01:43 PM
I don't know if he could be a big man coach. His game actually reminds me more of a small forward, and his low post moves weren't great from what I remember. I'd pass on that.

JayRedd
08-03-2007, 01:57 PM
I think we should hire him to fight Troy Murphy everyday until the season starts. Toughen him up a bit. Dunleavy too.

Trader Joe
08-03-2007, 05:57 PM
I think we should hire him to fight Troy Murphy everyday until the season starts. Toughen him up a bit. Dunleavy too.

Yeah thats basically what I meant by big man coach...

idioteque
08-04-2007, 04:27 PM
I loved to hate Oakley during the glory days of the Knicks rivalry. If he could light a fire under Murphleavy's *** and get the milkdrinkers to play aggressively, somehow, I'd be up for it.

BlueNGold
08-04-2007, 07:28 PM
I don't see a 43 yo making it in the NBA after several years off especially. Nice try though.

Young
08-04-2007, 07:36 PM
If we sign Oakley to play 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there i'm fine with that. I mentioned another thread how i'd love to keep DA and sign another veteran or two like him, Oakley would be perfect.

He has attitude but I love it. He is a leader. I don't care if he is 43, he knows what it takes to succeed in the NBA. He sure as hell can't be any worse at 43 than John Edwards and David Harrison are at 23. Sure Oakley ain't going to come in a make a huge impact with stats but he can influence the other players in a positive way. That is more important then any points he can score, rebounds he can grab, or shots he can block, etc.

spreedom
08-04-2007, 08:57 PM
I think this team would be wise to sign ANYONE that's going to go full-tilt and play his *** off everytime he's on the floor, and a vet like the Oak would certainly match that description...

Eindar
08-04-2007, 09:05 PM
I'd pay to watch Oakley interact with Dunleavy on a daily basis.

BlueNGold
08-04-2007, 09:52 PM
Oakley will be 44 in a few months. I heard Bill Russell was available for the MLE. Heck, why don't we just dig up Wilt Chamberlain... ;<)

We already have a great locker room guy in Army....one that can actually still play. I don't care what kind of shape Oakley is in, he will not be effective at all in the NBA at the age of 44 after sitting out for several years. He's also not coming to Indiana so this is all moot.

GrangerRanger
08-05-2007, 01:28 PM
If Charles comes back, it will not be to a team like the Pacers, so just get that thought out of your head right now. If anything, he would go to the Knicks (Thats where he played most of his career) or a championship team. Pacers are netiher of those.

spreedom
08-05-2007, 02:02 PM
If Charles comes back, it will not be to a team like the Pacers, so just get that thought out of your head right now. If anything, he would go to the Knicks (Thats where he played most of his career) or a championship team. Pacers are netiher of those.


The Pacers are arguably the Knicks. :-p


I agree that he'd probably be a 12th man on a championship contender.. I think a lot of FAs (I guess that's what Oaktree is, LOL) are buying into the Celtics hype, so that might be a possible location if he's willing to play for the vet minimum (which, for whatever reason, he doesn't sound like he's willing to do).