Former NBA players Charles Oakley and Tim Hardaway recently gave an interview for VladTV, where they talked about multiple things about their career and the current status of the NBA. Both Hardaway and Oakley had long and successful careers and had the opportunity to play against and alongside numerous great NBA players. Since Oakley was known as a tremendous defender and rebounder during his career, he was asked how he would compare to the likes of Dennis Rodman, who is still to this considered the greatest rebounder in NBA history.
Oakley and Rodman had their share of battles for a bit more than a decade, and during those years, Oakley was able to understand what kind of approach Rodman has when playing against his competition. Even though they were rivals, Oakley thinks Rodman was a great player that had the right mindset when approaching different opponents. According to Oakley, Rodman’s most essential qualities on the court were rebounding and getting in other players’ heads playing mind games, which caused them to be totally out of their game.
Rodman could play basketball, I would give him that. I think he brought a lot of other stuff to the court. I played defense, offense whatever it took that night. He did a lot, night in and night out he played with a lot of energy. He could rebound and act crazy. That was him, and I had a different approach.Charles Oakley, via VladTV
The main difference between Oakley and Rodman from a playing perspective was his ability to shot the ball. Even though Oakley’s role wasn’t so important on the offensive side of things, his shooting was solid, and when needed, he could take mid-range shots and consistently make them. On the other hand, Rodman never shot the ball and was mostly in charge of rebounding, defending, and one aspect of his game that is underrated was his passing ability.
Oakley said Rodman never messed with tough and mentally stable players because they wouldn’t buy into his mind games. Oakley was one of those tough guys that even Rodman couldn’t agitate because he knew how to handle that type of pressure.
I could probably shot better, jump shots, free throws. He was a problem, especially since he played hard and played with energy. He would kill you every night because he had that every night. He knew who wore the dress and who wore the pants.Charles Oakley, via VladTV