Charles Barkley decided to be a man of the people on Thursday night before joining TNT’s “Inside the NBA” crew for a game between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. With two police officers, a PR executive, a couple of Turner Sports employees and Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch in tow, Barkley took a journey through the underground world of New York.
It was Barkley’s first time riding the subway, as evidence by the moment where he almost smacked his head while going through the turnstyle. A number of people noticed Sir Charles during his travels, and he was very polite while fulfilling a number of photograph requests. At one point, a person who was riding the subway asked him for his Nets-Knicks prediction.
“It don’t matter, man,” Barkley said. “Zero plus zero equals zero.”
Earlier, someone had asked Barkley if he was going to the Nets-Knicks game, to which he responded, “I’m going to a pillow fight.” Deitsch put together a timeline that chronicles the rest of Barkley’s journey, which you can read here.
The Knicks beat the Nets to snap a nine-game losing streak, but Barkley’s subway adventure was easily the most entertaining segment of the night. Either that, or Kenny Smith’s impersonation of Chuck’s golf swing. That, too, was pretty hilarious.