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Publisher's Summary

In this “incredible read on some incredible days and nights in the old association” (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN senior NBA insider) Charles Oakley - one of the toughest and most loyal players in NBA history - tells his unfiltered stories about his basketball journey and his relationships with Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, James Dolan, Donald Trump, George Floyd, and many others.

If you ask a New York Knicks fan about Charles Oakley, you better prepare to hear the love and a favorite story or two. But his individual stats weren’t remarkable, and while he helped power the Knicks to 10 consecutive playoffs, he never won a championship. So why does he hold such a special place in the minds, hearts, and memories of NBA players and fans?

Because over the course of 19 years in the league, Oakley was at the center of more unbelievable encounters than Forrest Gump, and nearly as many fights as Mike Tyson. He was the friend you wish you had, and the enemy you wish you’d never made. If any opposing player was crazy enough to start a fight with him, or God forbid one of his teammates, Oakley would end it.

“I can’t remember every rebound I grabbed but I do have a story - the true story - of just about every punch and slap on my resume,” he says.

In The Last Enforcer, Oakley shares one incredible story after the next - all in his signature “unflinchingly tough, honest, and ultimately endearing” (Harvey Araton, New York Times best-selling author) style - about his life in the paint and beyond, fighting for rebounds and respect. You’ll look back on the era of the 1990s NBA, when tough guys with rugged attitudes, unflinching loyalty, and hard-nosed work ethics were just as important as three-point sharpshooters. You’ll feel like you were on the court, in the room, can’t believe what you just saw, and need to tell everyone you know about it.

©2022 Charles Oakley. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Story about a guy who played with famous people

Man. This was a hard one to get through. If you would just fill the book with pages about Oak - the book would have been 15 pages. It’s an account of story’s about MJ, Ewing and LeBron. Written from the pov of a teammate with a bad temper. The story isn’t thrilling or spectacular, it’s poorly written and all about MJ and Ewing.

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Another Awesome biography

once again an awesome, completing tasks of the life of the last enforce Charles Oakley. great read

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good book

I really appreciated the good ride down memory lane on this great book will read again

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Truly, The Last Enforcer

Charles Oakley was a bit before my time, but his aura and the stories that were told were always intriguing! Watching his highlights on YouTube and seeing him in interviews he’s such an open book. In 2018 he was on the Bill Simmons podcast and said he’d write a book. It’s here and it did not disappoint! Incredible story from an incredible Individual.

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Loyal Fan

As a Fan of Oakley/Knicks I Loved it from beginning to end!! Great Book!!

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Fire Entertainment 🔥🔥🔥

Simply a great read (listen)!

Well written, well read, insightful and entertaining.

Growing up in 80’s and 90’s basketball, this was a refreshing regaining of the game during that time.

More importantly, Oak allows a glimpse into who and what he is, represents and why. A straight up Human Being with codes and values to be appreciated.

Thank you for the story!

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Funny stories

This was a good book that chronicles the good days of the NBA. It doesn't get any better than the NBA in the 90s for me...especially the Knicks/Bulls rivalry. It was fun reliving alot of these memories.

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great book

Love when people speak their truth the good and bad. it was funny as well

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Great book

I really enjoyed the book. great stories and insight from the man who is unfiltered. tell it like it is

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Great revisiting classic basketball

Great revisiting classic basketball from the 80s thru the early 2000s. Oakley is the perfect person to represent what it was all about