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.