Back in the 90′s, the New York Knicks were a force to be reckoned with thanks largely in part to big man Charles Oakley. Oakley brought a tough and gritty element to basketball which is a far cry from the caliber of play found in the league today.
During a recent radio interview with Jim Rome, Oakley let it all hang out and decided to hurl a couple jabs at a few current and formers players in the league who claim to be “tough guys.”
Oakley on Celtics’ big man Kevin Garnett:
Garnett left Minnesota and hollered and screamed and all that but hes 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.
Oakley on Charles Barkley:
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.
Oakley on Thunder big man Kendrick Perkins:
He’s just like Garnett. They holler and complain. If Kendrick Perkins would play basketball, Oklahoma City would win a championship in the next 3 or 4 years…[He brings] Nothing [to the table]. That’s why he got dunked on and he got mad about someone tweeting about it, you’re a power forward, you don’t let guys dunk on you. I played 18, 19 years I got dunked on 3 times, you’re limited on offense do something on defense, get a rebound make some free throws.-Source
The Oakster does make some valid points, you can’t call yourself a tough guy and then cry about fouls to the referees. It just doesn’t work like that.