"I'm doing the rock star life right now," he said yesterday during a short swing through Toronto to judge the dunk contest at the Raptor 3-on-3 tournament at the Ex. "Travelling, chilling, hangin' out."

But Oakley, 43 years old and three years removed from a stellar 19-year NBA playing career, is never one without a project gurgling in his mind. As he criss-crosses the continent, thoughts run the gamut.

He thinks about a comeback his 6-foot-9 frame looks in better shape than the day he left Toronto in 2002 but only under the right circumstances. Toronto would be nice, but so would Dallas, Miami, Cleveland or New York, as long as the price is right.

"I'm not coming back cheap," he said. "If you read this article and you think you can get me cheap, there's another thought coming."

He's not quite sure what to make of the Tim Donaghy mess the NBA finds itself in, although he wonders if a league so controlled at the top could really be in serious trouble.
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