He may be retired but Charles Oakley is not a name to overlook in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The former American professional basketball player who played as a power forward had his presence duly felt in various teams of the league including the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, and many others.
After almost 20 years in the league, Oakley took a bow in 2004. He made a glorious return in 2017 at the BIG3 league which centers on 3-on-3 basketball. Oakley in his professional career recorded great achievements and set amazing records for his successors. There is so much more to learn about the career and post-career life of the renowned NBA player. Here are lesser-known facts about him.
Charles Oakley Bio
He was born on December 18, 1963, in Cleveland Ohio to his parents. Always a sports enthusiast, Chares Oakley started from a young age to exhibit his inclination towards the game of basketball. He attended John Hay High School in Cleaveland Ohio and played in the school’s team. After high school, Oakley proceeded to Virginia Union University where he also excelled in the school’s basketball team.
A pioneer in the game, Oakley was at the first NBA draft of the lottery era in 1985. He was selected with the 9th overall pick in the first round, by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the 1985 NBA Draft but had his rights traded to the Chicago Bulls which was led by Michael Jordan at the time. He was assigned the duty of protecting Jordan from opponents and also recorded awesome defensive and offensive records at the team. In 1988, Oakley was traded by the Bulls to the New York Knicks and played alongside NBA stars John Starks, Mark Jackson, and many others. Oakley was known as a defensive specialist at the Knicks and recorded 107 starts in a season.
He was again traded to the Toronto Raptors in 1998 and made impressive records at the team. Charles Oakley returned to the Chicago Bulls in 2001 after he was traded by the Raptors. Oakley made the best of his one-year stay with the Bulls. Starting 36 out of 57 games, he recorded 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3.8 points as his average per game. Oakley spent his last days in the league with the Houston Rockets in the 2003-04 season. After recording 1.3 points per game, 0.7 rebounds, and 0.3 assists as his average per game he retired from the NBA after that season.
He has rendered coaching services to the Charlotte Bobcats which he became an assistant coach in, in October 2010 but left the following year on health grounds.
Oakley ventured into business and entrepreneurship after his professional career and made wise investments with his income. After his retirement, The former Bulls player went ahead to establish several business enterprises. Some of his establishments include; Oakley’s Car Wash, Oakley’s Wash House, which is a combined Laundromat and car wash, a beauty shop – Hair Solutions and Nails EtCetera, a restaurant – Red, the Steakhouse and many others.
Family – Parents, Siblings, Married, Wife, Children
Not much is known about the parents of the retired NBA player but Charles was born to Charles Oakley II, his father, and Corine Oakley, his mother. Charles has a brother Curtis and two sisters Saralene Oakley and Diane Oakley.
It may have been his busy schedules during his professional career or that Oakley just didn’t give love a chance when he was young, but the retired NBA player chose to settle down long after his retirement. Oakley is married to Angela Reed. After dating for several years, the couple got married in 2016 ending Oakley’s long years of bachelorhood. Together they have a daughter named Ahmauri Anderson.
Reed who hails from Harvey, Illinois is a reputable businesswoman and co-owns some establishments with her husband. Mrs. Oakley alongside the former NBA player established A Lucrative Life –a financial boutique and financial lifestyle consulting firm. Asides from being a financial consultant, Reed is a business professional known for her unparalleled expertise in fields of wealth management, accounting, and tax preparation.
Body Measurements – Height, Weight
For a basketball player, a tall height of 6ft 8in (2.03 m) is a big plus and of great advantage. Charles Oakley has a proportional weight of 111kg or 244lbs which goes with his height. There are no specific body stats recorded for the retired NBA player.