Assistant Coach Charles Oakley?

by July 27, 2009
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Please, please allow this to happen: “But Oakley is willing to give it all up — at least for nine months a year — to return to the hard life of the hardwood as an N.B.A. assistant and help a team with player development. ‘I think I have a lot to teach these young guys,’ Oakley, 46, said. “Especially on the defensive end.’ Oakley said his former teammate Patrick Ewing did a great job this season as an assistant with the Orlando Magic. He said he could have similar success with the Knicks, and told the team’s president, Donnie Walsh, just that. ‘Nowadays, you may have better athletes,’ he said. ‘But unless they’re taught, they aren’t going to do anything in the league. I talked with Donnie after the last home game and told him that I think I have a lot to offer this team. You can’t just score more points than last year without playing defense.”’