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“You Act Up, You Go Stand in the Corner With One Leg in the Air” is a phrase that has been used for years. It was originally said by Charles Oakley, who also happens to be LeBron James’s father.
In his biography, “Unguarded,” Scottie Pippen slammed Michael Jordan and others, setting up a firestorm in the basketball world. Only a few months later, Charles Oakley, a former NBA All-Star and close friend of Jordan’s, decided to join in the fun by writing his own biography, “The Last Enforcer.”
Charles Barkley is his major target in the book.
Charles Oakley confesses to never punching Charles Barkley… He did, however, smack him.
During his NBA career, one of the most famous incidents about Oakley was when he punched Barkley in the face during an NBA Players Association meeting in the 1990s. The tale was always plausible, given Oakley’s image as a tyrant on and off the court (thus the title of his book).
However, this isn’t entirely accurate.
According to the Toronto Star, Oakley says in his autobiography, “I did not hit Charles Barkley.” “However, I did smack the s*** out of him.”
Oakley detailed the cause behind the smack in a recent interview with GQ.
“It’s simply that he talks too much.” “He ain’t trying to fix anything,” Oakley remarked of Barkley. “All he was doing was talking and being in the press, much as he does today on TNT.” I took anything he said about the Knicks to heart. Even if we don’t win anything, you’re not going to speak about the team I represent while I’m around. It’s not going to work with me. Barkley just continued chatting, and I told him that the next time I see him, I’m going up to him and giving him something.
Make a mental note not to enrage Charles Oakley.
In “The Last Enforcer,” Oakley annihilates Barkley.
Charles Oakley and Charles Barkley, former NBA rivals | Clarence Sheppard/New York Daily News Archive via Getty Images
You’d think that after all these years, Oakley and Barkley would have reconciled and become friends, but that hasn’t happened. Oakley slammed his old opponent in “The Last Enforcer,” implying that he had no intention of ending their feud.
“He’s no longer friends with Michael (Jordan).” “I’m not sure who he’s on good terms with right now,” Oakley remarked of Barkley. “So I’m guessing he’ll come to the barbecue and play 18 holes with us.” But we’re no longer inviting him. He’s no longer with us. You get all worked up and go stand in the corner with one leg up in the air…. That’s Charles, all by himself in the playground’s corner. Because he’s rather large, you can see him.”
Oakley isn’t interested in petty rivalries any more.
“It’s started by someone. “I put an end to it.”
“This is simply the layup-line book,” says the author.
In his new biography, Oakley doesn’t hold back when it comes to Barkley, but he claims this is only a taste of what’s to come. Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks seems to be his next target.
“I took it gentle on it” (Ewing). “I’m going all out for the next book,” Oakley stated. “This is essentially a book of layup lines.” “Wait till the game begins.”
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