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Oakley being Oakley: LeBron should not go to New York

Jun 4, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

LeBron_stares.jpgIf you’re looking for some crazy, look no farther than Charles Oakley.

The 15-year NBA veteran has been out of the league for six seasons, but he still has plenty of opinions about it. The kind of opinions usually heard from overnight sports talk radio callers. Oakley was on recently with Sid Rosenberg of WQAM in Miami — not an overnight show — and he was talking.

He had thoughts on LeBron and why he should not go to New York.

“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?”

He had thoughts on how soft Dwight Howard is mentally.

“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?”

And he had some advice for the two sides contemplating a lockout.

“With the product you got now, you better hope somebody watches you next year… The league’s bad.”

It’s just Oakley being Oakley.

  1. D. - Jun 4, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    If the league was so bad then how come tv ratings (check Sports Media for this year’s season, both regular season and playoffs, were some of the highest in years? Case in point, TNT, ESPN and ABC had their most watched NBA seasons in history (tied with last year), the playoffs were the 2nd highest rated since ’03 (2nd only to last year) and NBA playoffs games are the top rated programs on cable tv for the entire month of May. Oh and lets not forget that the league is much, much better than it was 10 years ago or so. There’s a whole new generation of good players who entered the league in the past few years and nearly every team has at least a few players worth watching.
    As far as LeBron, I agree with Oakley.

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