No one wanted to mess with Shaquille O'Neal. Very few wanted a piece of Charles Barkley. But at some point in his career, Charles Oakley got into it with both of them. And nearing his 60s, he'd do it again.
The Last Enforcer
Oak, known as the NBA's "last enforcer," is one of the toughest guys the league has ever seen. As the ultimate "you'd love to have him on your team, but hate to play against him" type of player, he was the epitome of on-court altercations. And some of them got ugly.
The only way you'll see a fight like that, back in the 80s and 90s, you gonna have to google it.
Charles Oakley, Club Shay Shay
Today, almost two decades removed from his retirement, Oakley would like to add to that search results page. The last time he did it was in 2017 when Oak hit and shove an MSG security member, resulting in an indefinite ban from the arena.
This time, Charles wants the environment to be more controlled. And he wants one of the aforementioned NBA legends on the other side of the ring.
Celebrity boxing match
With the emergence of celebrity boxing matches -- a trend started by famous YouTubers -- more and more athletes are willing to test themselves in a ring. NBA players are no different, and the likes of Deron Williams and Nate Robinson each already have an exhibition match under their belt.
If the right opportunity presents itself, Oakley wouldn't mind being the next to do it. And he knows exactly who he would square up against.
"I know he's about 75 pounds heavy I'll take him," Oak said about fighting O'Neal. "I got pretty good hands. I'm gonna be moving though, so. But it'll be fun, I would definitely do that with the "NBA x" player. I still got the little bob and weave in me."
Would any of the TNT NBA analysts be willing to do it again, this time in a boxing ring? I doubt it. So we'll have to settle for the old-school footage of each of them throwing hands while still playing. Trust me, it'll do.