Charles Oakley was one of the baddest men to ever hit the court, proving to be a nightmare matchup for every team in the league. So it’s no surprise when asked his thoughts about the NBA today that he feels it’s gotten “girly”.
Slam Magazine sat down with the highly opinionated star to get his take on the current state of the game, here’s what he had to say:
Slam: How do you think your teams in the ’80s and ’90s would fare today?
Oakley: We’d kill these little girly teams they’ve got today. Come on. The Miami Heat, the best team today, they make Roy Hibbert look like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.”
Slam: When LeBron, Melo, D-Wade, and Bosh were all on the court together in the playoffs, people said the ’03 draft was the best ever. How do you compare it to yours in ’84?
Oakley: “I like our draft class better, to be honest. No disrespect to those guys; they’re all terrific players. They have LeBron, who is a once-in-a-lifetime player, but we had Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Stockton. But any discussion about this stuff is dictated by LeBron James, because he’s just special.”
Slam: Do you think he could go down as the best ever? Jordan says he would have taken LeBron one-on-one.
Oakley: I haven’t put LeBron past Kobe Bryant yet. He’s won a couple of rings, and now everybody is trying to compare him to Michael, who won six. What happened to Kobe? Kobe’s still got five. LeBron has to win three more championships before he’s in the Kobe Bryant class.”
Via Slam Online