Oakley calls Charles Barkley a 'coward'
February, 22, 2012
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Former Knick Charles Oakley doesn't like Charles Barkley -- and he isn't afraid to let you know about it.
Oakley went after Barkley during an appearance on the Jim Rome Show. Barkley has been an outspoken critic of the Knicks under Mike D'Antoni.
Here's what Oakley had to say about Sir Charles:
"Barkley for his size was a good player but he's a coward, though. ... He wasn't a leader and wasn't a role model. Now he talks so bad about younger guys, I don't respect that from him. … He wants to be funny, that whole TNT thing and all that, they're like some clowns on that show."
He also went after Boston's Kevin Garnett and Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins.
Here's Oakley on Garnett: "He's one of the weakest guys to ever play the game. He's a complementary player and went to Paul Pierce's team and won a championship. I wouldn't consider him a top 10 tough guy."
Here's Oakley on Perkins: "He's just like Garnett. They holler and complain. If Kendrick Perkins would play basketball, Oklahoma City would win a championship the next three or four years. … You're a power forward, you don't let guys dunk on you. I played 18, 19 years I got dunked on three times ..."
Thanks to Reid Cherner at USA Today for the heads-up.