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5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE:
Former NBA player Charles Oakley was the definition of a tough player. He was so tough that Michael Jordan trusted him to protect him from the rough style of basketball from the 1980′s. These days, those types of players are hard to come by. The league has become soft with all their rules to “speed up” the game. Nowadays, players have the power to dictate the team they want to play for.
In an article by USA Today, they transcribed an ESPN interview of Charles Oakley. Oakley ripped Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic for the fiasco that has occurred in this past year. Oakley said,
A lot of guys cry in this league these days. I try not to get caught up in that. The management in Orlando let him get away with it. Most times, they put kids in timeout. They never put him in timeout. He just kept crying and got his way. Now he’s in LA with Kobe, so they got a chance to win a couple championships in the next two or three years.
Oakley makes a great point with his subtle jabs at the Orlando Magic’s front office and also at Dwight Howard for being a little baby. The NBA definitely needs to let go of this ”good guy” image and instill the glory days of when players wanted to lead their own team and create a rivalry that way. Instead, rivalries these days are all about the names on the back of jerseys.
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