Oak-speak has never sounded quite so good before

After “whiffing” yesterday … Dave Feschuk returns to form and goes yard with his column today, featuring the rambled musings of none other than “The Oakster”, himself:

Feschuk: The Oakley show rolls back into town
“You ain’t going nowhere with 7-footers shooting three-pointers. You can’t put four or five scorers on the floor at one time. You can, but you ain’t going nowhere. You got four or five scorers on the floor, ain’t enough shots in a game, in a quarter, for everybody to be consistent. You need your two scorers, outside threat and a post-up threat. You need your sixth man who can score. You need another guy that can just be an all-around energy guy, and you need another guy who can just, you know, play basketball.”

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Do yourself a favour and read the whole thing.

In each and every instance, what Charles has to say is 100% accurate.

The next time yours truly gets asked the following question:

“Who do you think would succeed as the next GM for the Toronto Raptors?”

The first name they will now receive has been clearly identified. ;)

If former NBA players like Mitch Kupchak, Danny Ainge, Otis Smith, Kevin Pritchard, Geoff Petrie, Ernie Grunfeld, Jim Paxson, Danny Ferry, etc., can succeed as executives in this league … then, why, oh, why, can’t someone like Mr. Charles Oakley. :-)

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8 Responses to “Oak-speak has never sounded quite so good before”

  1. Raps Fan Says:

    Danny Ferry hasn’t really succeeded at all as a GM. He has survived as a GM, but not succeeded, there is a difference IMHO. What he is doing well is wasting LeBron’s youth.

  2. Sorael Says:

    who of these guys has actually done any that could be called success, “Mitch Kupchak, Danny Ainge, Otis Smith, Kevin Pritchard, Geoff Petrie, Ernie Grunfeld, Jim Paxson, Danny Ferry, etc.”? Kupchak and Ainge have teams that have won championship, but they were gifted elite power forwards. The rest haven’t even come close. So tell me how great a job they’ve done???

  3. The Oak is funny Says:

    I thought you were in favour of giving Bosh the max extension? Oak was not.

  4. FLUXLAND Says:

    I’m going to assume that during his playing days he rubbed some people the wrong way… ala Bill Laimbeer, MJ, Dr J or even Karrem maybe.

    What’s great about this is that Oak just comes out and states the obvious, something people in the Raptor community are either too scared to do or simply do not see. I guess there’s a price to pay for stating the truth.

    Present parties excluded, of course.

  5. khandor Says:

    Raps Fan,

    Although I haven’t liked what Danny Ferry has chosen to do with the Cavs from a player personnel and coaching standpoint this, alone, does not mean that he has failed to succeed there, since becoming their GM. The fact is that during his tenure their team has consistently performed as one of the best squads in the league in the regular season, made the playoffs on multiple occasions, advanced past the 1st Round on multiple occasions, and lost in the NBA Finals.

  6. khandor Says:

    Sorael,

    I didn’t say that each one of those former NBA players has in fact done a “great job” as a GM in the NBA.

    What I said is that each one has been “successful” running, in the NBA, as an executive.

  7. khandor Says:

    TOIF,

    I’m in favour of the Raptors doing what’s necessary to build a championship team in Toronto.

    If that takes signing Chris Bosh to a maximum dollar value contract … then, so be it.

    In the NBA, teams do not evolve into legitimate championship contenders by being UNABLE/UNWILLING to re-sign their own best players who become eligible for unrestricted free agency.

    IMO, someone like Charles Oakley … based on his experience in the game … would actually be in 100% agreement with that exact perspective, even though he would like to see Chris Bosh develop more of a back-to-basket post-up game and continue to improve defensively. [Hint: So would I. :-) ]

  8. khandor Says:

    Flux,

    re: I guess there’s a price to pay for stating the truth.

    In my experience, there is always a heavy price to pay for those who make accurate observations.

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