TORONTO (AP) – The Raptors paid tribute to Charles Oakley on Friday night, handing out bobbleheads to the first 5,000 fans.
Oakley played 208 games for Toronto between 1998 and 2001. Oakley, 51, was asked if he could have imagined having a bobblehead day.
”Well, I had a head so you never know what could happen,” he said before the game against Miami. ”It’s great to come back up here and see the guys.”
But the power forward who also played for Chicago, New York, Washington and Houston in a career that stretched from 1985-2004 had little good to say about today’s game.
”Who do I like watching? It’s hard to watch,” he said. ”I don’t know, it’s just, it’s a different game. It’s some good games and a lot of bad games. More bad games than good games these days.”
That’s why he thinks he and former fellow Knicks Patrick Ewing and the late Anthony Mason would have done well today.
”I know we would win a lot of games and you never know what could happen,” he said, ”but we would come out and play hard and, the way that they shoot now, we’d have a lot of rebounds every night and we’d have a chance every night to win games.”