Charles Oakley apparently had his arm broken by Aria Hotel and Casino security in Las Vegas – not too long before he talked to Sid Rosenberg in on WQAM in Miami. The incident was never mentioned – and it didn’t really matter. The former Chicago and New York tough guy who remains very close friends with Michael Jordan and lives just 30 miles from LeBron James near Cleveland lets loose with some incriminating comments on the current state of the game, Dwight Howard, Patrick Ewing, Isiah Thomas and the New York Knicks.
That may just be “Charles being Charles,” but one has to wonder if the alleged scrum rattled enough to put Oakley in rare form. Either way it’s about 18 minutes of sports radio gold. Charles Oakley joined Sid Rosenberg on WQAM in Miami to discuss LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Scottie Pippen, his Knicks, and Isiah Thomas.
On where he thinks his friend LeBron James will play next year:
“I said maybe Chicago or Miami… I think him and Wade would be great together. I can’t tell him to go to New York. New York treated me bad… When I go to the Knicks games, do you know that they have somebody that follows me around to see what I say to the press?”
On Dwight Howard:
“Dwight Howard is embarrassing Patrick (Ewing) if you ask me. He doesn’t have a ball player’s mind. And they tell me he is one of the best centers in the game. He wouldn’t have even made the league ten years ago. He would be on the bench. They say he won’t listen. Dwight won’t listen. How can you not listen to Patrick Ewing?”
On if he blames the Knicks lack of championships on Patrick Ewing:
“When we lose, they only point at us, never point at Patrick. Patrick was our leader as far as press and people who are watching TV, but the Knicks were made of a lot of tough guys and a lot of heart. I think that sometimes we let our heart get in the way instead of playing the game. A lot of times when we play the Bulls, decision making, Pat Riley was a great coach, but sometimes he didn’t make the best decisions. Sometimes players on the court, we didn’t make the best decisions. It was everybody why we didn’t win a championship. Pat was a our main leader. We stand behind him 100%. Patrick could have been more vocal for the team, but he wasn’t. I think that hurt us a little bit.”
On Sid Rosenberg, the host, admitting to being friends with Isiah Thomas:
“Not too many people like Isiah these days. You ain’t gay are you?… If you see a man kiss me, I better be in my casket.”
On Scottie Pippen:
“He’s the best athlete all-around ever to play in the NBA. Tell me somebody who can do what he could do for 48 minutes on the basketball court. He was the best all-around. He could play three positions, four positions, rebound, assists, steals… Michael was the singer and Scottie was the drummer. The didn’t need no backup singers.”
And on the possibility of a lockout in the NBA:
“With the product you got now, you better hope somebody watches you next year… The league’s bad.”