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Charles Oakley Says He’d Reasonably Play with LeBron over ‘Greatest Pal’ Michael Jordan

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIMarch 31, 2023MICHAEL TRAN/AFP via Getty ImagesFormer NBA power forward Charles Oakley said on the latest edition of Showtime Basketball’s KG Certified that he’d rather play with LeBron James than Michael Jordan.”They asked me, ‘Who’d you rather play with, LeBron or Mike?’ I said, LeBron, but Mike my best friend. Mike ain’t

Charles Oakley Says He’d Reasonably Play with LeBron over ‘Greatest Pal’ Michael Jordan

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIMarch 31, 2023

Former NBA basketball player Charles Oakley arrives for the 36th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on March 4, 2023. (Photo by Michael Tran / AFP) (Photo by MICHAEL TRAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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Former NBA energy ahead Charles Oakley stated on the newest version of Showtime Basketball’s KG Certified that he’d moderately play with LeBron James than Michael Jordan.

“They requested me, ‘Who’d you moderately play with, LeBron or Mike?’ I stated, LeBron, however Mike my greatest pal. Mike ain’t passing me the ball. He do not care if I get a shot as we speak or tomorrow. However, you realize, that is how he acquired to be Mike.”

Oakley was Jordan’s teammate for 3 seasons on the Bulls (1985-88) earlier than changing into his rival on the New York Knicks for the following decade. The 2 teamed up as soon as extra on the 2002-03 Washington Wizards.

The 2 have been close friends relationship again to their Bulls days.

“Me and him, we simply clicked,” Oakley advised Ok.C. Johnson on the Bulls Talk Podcast. “He took me to the All-Star recreation my rookie 12 months and it simply stored going from there. We (had been) simply all the time chilling, all the time collectively. We simply acquired tight.”

So far as on the court docket goes, Oakley additionally used a artistic analogy to clarify himself.

“Once they all the time make the comparability, ‘Who you want? LeBron or Mike?’ I says, ‘Frosted Flakes, Corn Flakes. Mike, LeBron.’ So, LeBron acquired no sugar, Mike acquired the sugar. I am LeBron as a result of I used to be Corn Flakes. So it is all the time going to be a comparability.”

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Oakley additionally supplied some sincere ideas on load administration, saying the next to indicate host and Basketball Corridor of Famer Kevin Garnett:

Kevin Garnett @KevinGarnett5KG

“The league achieved acquired so smooth… They (gamers) get what they need. So I really feel sorry for the followers. I’m apologizing from the old fashioned guys that y’all must undergo this.”

Charles Oakley sounds off on the present load administration problem within the NBA. Do y’all agree with Oak?

Oakley practically averaged a double-double (9.7 PPG, 9.5 RPG) over his 19 NBA seasons. His accolades embrace making the 1985-86 All-Rookie crew and the 1993-94 Japanese Convention All-Star crew. Oakley additionally made the NBA All-Defensive Crew twice.

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