When Hollywood Howard was shipped from Orlando to Los Angeles for virtually nothing, it was a given that there would be detractors to the trade and to Dwight Howard. One of those people is former NBA star Charles Oakley.
In a recent interview the former Chicago Bull and New York Knick Charles Oakley referred to Howard as a child and said the Magic needed to put him in a timeout.
“A lot of guys cry in this league these days.” said Oakley. “I try not to get caught up in that. The management in Orlando let him get away with it. Most times, they put kids in timeout. They never put him in timeout.”
Oakley, who was traded from the Bulls in 1988 to the New York Knicks where he ran along side Patrick Ewing. And although Oakley was blessed to have running mates in Micheal Jordan and Patrick Ewing, he claims he never asked to be traded to a different team and was happy to play wherever he was asked, unlike the NBA stars he sees today.
“He just kept crying and got his way. Now he’s in LA with Kobe so they got a chance to win a couple championships in the next two or three years.
Another thorn in Oakley’s side is the fact that the Magic got almost entirely ripped off in the deal that sent Howard to the Lakers for bit players from the Nuggets. Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bynum both were moved, but to Denver and Philadelphia respectively, not Orlando.
He also wasn’t happy with the fact that the main reason the Magic got nothing in return for Howard, was Hollywood himself and the fact he forced the Magic to pander his ever desire.
“They could have traded him and got something better for him last year. I think they just tried to play along. They just pleased him anyway they could but he never did anything to please them.”
Oakley’s obviously got a bone to pick with stars that move to different teams to align their championship chances. The center played with both Micheal Jordan and Patrick Ewing and managed to only play in one NBA Finals and failed to win a ring. Howard, on the other hand, now has the pressure to back up his demands to be traded with a ring, something that Oakley isn’t wishing on the center anytime soon.