Charles Oakley

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Charles Oakley
Charles Oakley.jpg
Oakley in 2007
Personal information
Born (1963-12-18) December 18, 1963 (age 53)
Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school John Hay (Cleveland, Ohio)
College Virginia Union (1981–1985)
NBA draft 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing career 1985–2004
Position Power forward / Center
Number 34, 33
Career history
As player:
19851988 Chicago Bulls
19881998 New York Knicks
19992001 Toronto Raptors
2001–2002 Chicago Bulls
2002–2003 Washington Wizards
2004 Houston Rockets
As coach:
2010–2011 Charlotte Bobcats (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 12,417 (9.7 ppg)
Rebounds 12,205 (9.5 rpg)
Assists 3,217 (2.5 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Charles Oakley (born December 18, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player. Oakley was a member of the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets. A power forward, he consistently ranked as one of the best rebounders in the NBA.

Early life and education[edit]

Oakley was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Virginia Union University.

Career[edit]

Chicago Bulls (1985–1988)[edit]

Oakley was drafted with the 9th overall pick in the 1985 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his draft rights were traded to the Chicago Bulls. Oakley provided another scoring option and steady offensive and defensive performances to an up-and-coming Bulls squad led by Michael Jordan. He also assumed the role of the team "cop" whose duty primarily was to protect young Jordan against cheap shots and roughhousing tactics of opposing players. Oakley earned All-Rookie Team honors in 1986.[1]

Charles Oakley during the 1986-87 season with the Chicago Bulls

New York Knicks (1988–1998)[edit]

With the drafting and development of Horace Grant, the Bulls traded Oakley to the New York Knicks for 7'1" center Bill Cartwright.[2] Oakley eventually became a part of the core which the Knicks built around, which also featured Patrick Ewing, John Starks, and point guard Mark Jackson. During the Knicks' 1994 season, which included a record 25 playoff games, Oakley started every regular season and playoff game for a record 107 starts in a single season. During his tenure with the Knicks, Oakley was primarily known as a defensive specialist.

Toronto Raptors (1998–2001)[edit]

In 1998, Oakley was traded by New York to the Toronto Raptors for blossoming star Marcus Camby.[3] For the Raptors, he provided a veteran presence to a young team that included Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady.

Return to Chicago (2001–2002)[edit]

In 2001, Oakley was traded by the Toronto Raptors with a 2002 2nd-round pick to the Chicago Bulls for Brian Skinner. This was his second tenure with the Bulls. Starting 36 of his 57 played games, he averaged 3.8 points per game, 6 rebounds per game, and 2 assists per game.[4]

Washington Wizards (2002–2003)[edit]

In 2002, Oakley signed as a free agent with the Washington Wizards. He was reunited with former teammate Michael Jordan. Oakley played 42 games during the 2002–03 season, averaging 1.8 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game, and 1 assist per game.[4]

Houston Rockets (2004)[edit]

The 2003–04 season was Oakley's last. On March 18, 2004, Oakley signed the first of two 10-day contracts with the Houston Rockets. Oakley only played 7 games, in which he averaged 1.3 points per game, 0.7 rebounds per game, and 0.3 assists per game.[4] At the end of the season, Oakley retired from the NBA.

Rumors of a return to the NBA[edit]

In 2007 Oakley was reported to be attempting an NBA comeback, at age 44. He claimed Dallas, Miami, Cleveland and New York were interested but said he would "not [come] back cheap".[5]

Post-playing career[edit]

On December 26, 2010, Oakley was hired as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats under then-head coach Paul Silas.[6]

He left that position on December 1, 2011 after experiencing health issues with back pain during the 2010–11 season.[7]

Legacy[edit]

Oakley was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in honor of his 19-year professional basketball career. The induction ceremony was held on April 30, 2016.[8]

In September 2016, a portion of Deering Street in Oakley's hometown of Cleveland (near his alma mater of John Hay High School) was renamed Charles Oakley Way in his honor.[9]

Career highlights[edit]

  • He placed in the top ten in rebounds per game five times between 1987 and 1994 (second in 1987 and 1988).
  • Due to his durability he actually placed in the top ten in total rebounds 6 times and led the league in total rebounds twice (1987 and 1988).
  • In 1994, he became an NBA All-Star and was chosen to the league's All-Defense 1st team.
  • Oakley currently ranks 18th all-time in NBA games played with 1,282 games, and 21st all-time in career rebounds with 12,205 rebounds.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In 2011, Oakley filed a lawsuit against the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, alleging a group assault by five security guards employed by the casino on May 28, 2010.[10] On July 30, 2016 Oakley married his wife Angela Reed.

Madison Square Garden arrest[edit]

On February 8, 2017, Oakley was involved in an altercation at Madison Square Garden as the Knicks faced the visiting Los Angeles Clippers. According to the Knicks, Oakley was ejected from the arena after he is alleged to have yelled at Dolan and refused to stop, an allegation he denies.[11] He was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and criminal trespassing. In a statement, the Knicks stated that Oakley "came to the game tonight and behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner. He has been ejected and is currently being arrested by the New York City Police Department."[12] According to the New York Post Charles Oakley has a different description of the events. He claims that he sat down in his seat and he saw the Knicks owner James Dolan look at him and within four minutes he was being asked to leave the arena. He says that he didn't become combative until he was asked to leave for no apparent reason. [13]While admitting "I shouldn't have put my hands on anyone," Oakley disputed the Knicks' rendition of events in an interview with ESPN's "The Undefeated," which reported that Oakley says he "never said a word to Dolan" and "was minding his own business when he was confronted by Madison Square Garden Security, who asked why he was sitting so close to Dolan before demanding that he leave the building."[14]On February 13, 2017, NBA legend Michael Jordan and NBA commissioner Adam Silver met with both Dolan and Oakley at NBA headquarters. Oakley and Dolan both apologized for the fallout and both were currently negotiating a truce. "Both Mr. Oakley and Mr. Dolan were apologetic about the incident and subsequent comments, and their negative impact on the Knicks organization and the NBA," Silver said. The statement says Dolan hopes Oakley can return to MSG as his guest in the near future. On February 14, 2017, the ban from Madison Square Garden was lifted. Oakley still wants an apology.[15]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1985–86 Chicago 77 30 23.0 .519 .000 .662 8.6 1.7 .9 .4 9.6
1986–87 Chicago 82 81 36.3 .445 .367 .686 13.1 3.6 1.0 .4 14.5
1987–88 Chicago 82 82 34.3 .483 .250 .727 13.0 3.0 .8 .3 12.4
1988–89 New York 82 82 31.8 .510 .250 .773 10.5 2.3 1.3 .2 12.9
1989–90 New York 61 61 36.0 .524 .000 .761 11.9 2.4 1.0 .3 14.6
1990–91 New York 76 74 36.0 .516 .000 .784 12.1 2.7 .8 .2 11.2
1991–92 New York 82 82 28.2 .522 .000 .735 8.5 1.6 .8 .2 6.2
1992–93 New York 82 82 27.2 .508 .000 .722 8.6 1.5 1.0 .2 6.9
1993–94 New York 82 82 35.8 .478 .000 .776 11.8 2.7 1.3 .2 11.8
1994–95 New York 50 49 31.3 .489 .250 .793 8.9 2.5 1.2 .1 10.1
1995–96 New York 53 51 33.5 .471 .269 .833 8.7 2.6 1.1 .3 11.4
1996–97 New York 80 80 35.9 .488 .263 .808 9.8 2.8 1.4 .3 10.8
1997–98 New York 79 79 34.6 .440 .000 .851 9.2 2.5 1.6 .3 9.0
1998–99 Toronto 50 50 32.9 .428 .200 .807 7.5 3.4 .9 .4 7.0
1999–2000 Toronto 80 80 30.4 .418 .341 .776 6.8 3.2 1.3 .6 6.9
2000–01 Toronto 78 77 35.5 .388 .224 .836 9.5 3.4 1.0 .6 9.6
2001–02 Chicago 57 26 34.3 .369 .167 .750 6.0 2.0 .9 .2 3.8
2002–03 Washington 42 1 12.2 .418 .824 2.5 1.0 .3 .1 1.8
2003–04 Houston 7 0 3.6 .333 .833 .7 .3 .0 .0 1.3
All-Star 1 0 11.0 .333 3.0 3.0 .0 .0 2.0
Career 1,282 1,159 31.4 .471 .253 .761 9.5 2.5 1.1 .3 9.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1986 Chicago 3 29.3 .524 .615 10.0 1.0 2.0 .7 10.0
1987 Chicago 3 43.0 .380 .500 .833 15.3 2.0 1.3 .3 20.0
1988 Chicago 10 37.3 .440 .000 .875 12.8 3.2 .6 .4 10.1
1989 New York 9 33.2 .479 .500 .667 11.2 1.2 1.3 .1 9.7
1990 New York 10 33.6 .512 1.000 .654 11.0 2.7 1.1 .2 12.1
1991 New York 3 3 33.3 .476 .500 10.3 1.0 .7 .3 7.7
1992 New York 12 12 29.5 .379 .741 9.0 .7 .7 .4 5.3
1993 New York 15 15 33.8 .481 .727 11.0 1.1 1.1 .1 11.1
1994 New York 25 25 39.7 .477 .775 11.7 2.4 1.4 .2 13.2
1995 New York 11 11 38.3 .450 .400 .824 8.5 3.7 1.7 .5 13.1
1996 New York 8 8 38.5 .500 .333 .694 8.6 1.8 1.0 .0 13.1
1997 New York 10 10 35.8 .442 .000 .759 8.8 1.6 2.2 .3 9.8
1998 New York 10 10 34.2 .408 .920 8.5 1.4 1.1 .2 8.1
2000 Toronto 3 3 36.7 .483 .286 .000 7.7 3.7 2.0 .3 10.0
2001 Toronto 12 12 32.6 .435 .375 .824 6.3 1.8 1.0 .6 9.3
Career 144 35.5 .459 .366 .755 10.0 2.0 1.2 .3 10.8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Year by Year All Rookie Teams". NBA. 19 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bill Cartwright traded to Bulls for Oakley". NY Times. 19 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Knicks Part With Oakley to Get Toronto's Camby". NY Times. 19 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Charles Oakley Stats - Basketball-Reference.com". Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Stein: Is coming out of retirement the new fad?". 25 August 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Bobcats Announce New Assistant Coaches". NBA. 26 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Bobcats want Maggette to take up scoring slack". Charlotte Observer. 11 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Charles Oakley Inducted into Virginia Sports Hall of Fame". vuusports.com. May 1, 2016. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ "NBA All-Star Charles Oakley says 'it's a special honor' on street dedication". Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  10. ^ Green, Steve (13 May 2011). "NBA's Charles Oakley sues Aria, security officers over alleged 'beatdown'". VegasInc. Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  11. ^ http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/charles-oakley-denies-wrongdoing-following-ejection-arrest-at-knicks-game/
  12. ^ "Charles Oakley arrested at Madison Square Garden for altercation with security guard". Sports Illustrated. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 9 Feb 2017. 
  13. ^ http://nypost.com/2017/02/09/charles-oakley-tells-his-side-more-security-kept-coming-at-me/
  14. ^ Mike Wise, "Former New York Knick Charles Oakley recounts his side of the arrest at Madison Square Garden," Feb. 9, 2017, http://theundefeated.com/features/new-york-knicks-charles-oakley/
  15. ^ http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18679332/adam-silver-michael-jordan-step-help-repair-james-dolan-charles-oakley-relationship

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