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I’m an Oakley fan. When the Bulls drafted him - he looked at Bulls team stats and said “Michael Jordan will not lead the bulls in rebounding again.” As a rookie, he had several games where he pulled down more than 20 rebounds and MJ no longer was the bulls leading rebounder.
This book is at its best in the stories such as where Oaklay complains that the Knicks lost an advantage when the referees forced his teammate Xavier MAcdaniels to cut his fingernails in the post season for a playoff series. Really Charles? But the book needed more stories like that or how Tyrone Hills gambling debts starting affecting tram play and a coach had to tell him “pay up”.
Instead, the Oak talkstoo much about hanging with celebrities (dropping names) or telling about LeBron James - but the Oak is no longer playing so this part of the book is boring. One boring chapter details how the Oak was screwed by the Knicks idiot owner 20 years after his playing days are over. I think he was pissed he could not be the last enforcer to the Owner, and this chapter was uninspired. The last part of the book was not that interesting as a result.
A good autobiography needs to be more introspective or tell a bunch of entertaining stories, and this book did not hit the mark enough.
Quick read, my only complaint is that it wasn't a little longer. Oakley doesn't pull any punches when discussing his tale of being one of the most feared NBA enforcers off all time. 90s Knick fans are in for a treat as Oakley gives his account on key moments during his tenure on the team as New York's battled against playoff rivals The Heat , Pacers and of course Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.