Oakley May Not Return to Bobcats Staff
More than a year since Charles Oakley suffered a sciatic nerve condition in a run-in with Las Vegas security, the former Knicks power forward says he’s still in some pain and may not return to the Charlotte Bobcats bench — if the NBA lockout is resolved.
Over the summer, Oakley, who finished his first season as an assistant coach, underwent surgery to address the back pain he was experiencing, which came from a May 2010 incident at the Aria Resort & Casino.
“I don’t want to be out there if I can’t be 100 percent,” Oakley said. “I want them to give me their full attention. I don’t want to have them second guessing me if I can’t tell them what to do. I think that’s the most important thing to the game. A lot of coaches cut corners; they’re not really giving details.