Bobcats assistant coach Oakley will not return

Bobcats assistant coach Oakley will not return

FILE - This Jan. 20, 2011 file photo shows Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach Charles Oakley, right, talking with Eduardo Najera, left, of Mexico, in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo, file)

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff and Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 6:50 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach Charles Oakley will not return to the team this season, the squad announced Thursday night.

“I’ve known Charles Oakley for a long time and his work ethic as a coach mirrored the intensity he displayed during his playing career,” President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins said in a statement.  “While we are disappointed that things did not work out the way we had hoped, we want to thank Charles for his efforts last season and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Oakley missed the final 13 games last season with a back problem he claims was caused when he was assaulted at a Las Vegas resort in May 2010.

The Bobcats will open a 66-game schedule later this month.  Players were allowed in to the practice facilities for the first time on Thursday.

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