Charles Oakley had a very successful career in the NBA that spanned nearly 20 years.
Along the way, he earned a reputation for himself as being one of the toughest and grittiest players the league had ever seen.
It’s a reputation that Oakley is deeply proud of and has continued to promote to this day, as evidenced by his recent Zion Williamson comments.
That being said, he still isn’t above admitting that there were certain players in the league that consistently got the better of him.
During an interview with Jack Green of Betway Insider, Oakley acknowledged that Shaquille O’Neal gave him a lot of problems when they faced off.
“Shaq was tough,” he acknowledged. “He was just big, and the one thing he liked to do was dunk on you. He never dunked on me, but he was a force, though. I give him credit. Skill-wise, Kevin McHale in the post, Tim Duncan. Karl Malone, but he just flopped too much for me.”
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Over the course of their 25 meetings, O’Neal went 14-11 against Oakley. In the process, he averaged 25.8 points and 11.7 rebounds.
In light of how disrespectful Scottie Pippen recently was about Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, it’s refreshing to see an NBA legend give props to a younger player without any shade or hate being thrown in as well.