Washington Wizards veteran forward Charles Oakley said he has no plans to retire after the season but he will weigh his options before playing an 18th season. One of those options could be coaching.
"I'm going to leave it open," said Oakley, 39, who signed a one-year, free agent contract with the Wizards last fall. "I think I can still do some things on the court. If I was slow and old and broke down, then . . . I've had some conversations about coaching jobs but I've got to wait and see."
Oakley said his main motivation to play would be, well, to play.
"I'm not going to rush into somebody's training camp unless I can get about 20 minutes a night," Oakley said.
Oakley has played in 25 of 49 games, averaging 11.3 minutes and 1.4 points. At one point he was used to close out games but, with the improved play of young big men Kwame Brown and Etan Thomas, Oakley has not played in the past four games.
"I haven't given up on the situation but it's made me think, 'Is my time over?' " Oakley said. "But every morning, when I get my work in, I realize my time is still here. I still want to come and practice and play. I still have the motivation. I'm not letting sitting down every night take over my body and mind."
Though leading scorer Jerry Stackhouse (pulled left groin) would like to return for Washington's game next Tuesday at Sacramento, he said he might not be back until later in the three-game road trip, which includes stops at the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz.
"I just don't know," Stackhouse said. "I'm not coming back until it feels good but when it does, I'll be out there."
Stackhouse missed four games earlier this season and missed his second game with the injury after aggravating it late last week . . .
Brown came to practice Monday sick to his stomach and spent part of the two-hour workout vomiting. He finished the practice and actually performed well, Coach Doug Collins said.
"Last year he wouldn't have even practiced," Collins said.