In this "incredible read on some incredible days and nights in the old association" (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN senior NBA insider) Charles Oakley--one of the toughest and most loyal players in NBA history--tells his unfiltered stories about his basketball journey and his relationships with Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, James Dolan, Donald Trump, George Floyd, and many others.
If you ask a New York Knicks fan about Charles Oakley, you better prepare to hear the love and a favorite story or two. But his individual stats weren't remarkable, and while he helped power the Knicks to ten consecutive playoffs, he never won a championship. So why does he hold such a special place in the minds, hearts, and memories of NBA players and fans?
Because over the course of nineteen years in the league, Oakley was at the center of more unbelievable encounters than Forrest Gump, and nearly as many fights as Mike Tyson. He was the friend you wish you had, and the enemy you wish you'd never made. If any opposing player was crazy enough to start a fight with him, or God forbid one of his teammates, Oakley would end it.
"I can't remember every rebound I grabbed but I do have a story--the true story--of just about every punch and slap on my resume," he says.
In The Last Enforcer
, Oakley shares one incredible story after the next--all in his signature "unflinchingly tough, honest, and ultimately endearing" (Harvey Araton, New York Times
bestselling author) style--about his life in the paint and beyond, fighting for rebounds and respect. You'll look back on the era of the 1990s NBA, when tough guys with rugged attitudes, unflinching loyalty, and hard-nosed work ethics were just as important as three-point sharpshooters. You'll feel like you were on the court, in the room, can't believe what you just saw, and need to tell everyone you know about it.Author:
9.10h x 6.10w x 1.20dISBN:
9781982175641Review Citation(s): Publishers Weekly
12/01/2021 pg. 87Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Charles Oakley played nineteen seasons in the NBA. He started his professional career in 1985 with the Chicago Bulls, where he became teammate, protector, and close friend to Michael Jordan, and was selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In 1988, he was traded to the New York Knicks, where he formed a starting lineup with fellow NBA All-Stars Patrick Ewing, John Starks, and Mark Jackson. The Knicks made the playoffs in each of the ten seasons Oakley was there. Oakley continued his career with three seasons on the Toronto Raptors, and retired in 2004 after playing additional seasons with Chicago, Washington, and Houston. He has given time and support to more than a hundred charities, and today can often be found cooking for people in impoverished and underprivileged communities through his Charles Oakley Foundation, a nonprofit that organizes fundraisers and community-building events. He splits his time between Atlanta, New York, and Cleveland, where he grew up.
Frank Isola spent twenty-five years covering the NBA and the New York Knicks at the Daily News
(New York). His coverage earned him both an APSE sports writing award, as well a Deadline Club award. In 2015 he was voted New York Sportswriter of the Year. He currently is a regular on ESPN programs Around the Horn
and PTI. He also serves as the cohost on a morning show for SiriusXM NBA Radio, and as a studio analyst for the Nets in the YES Network.