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Charles Barkley rips Pacers, calls them ‘wussies’

Charles-BarkleyThe Indiana Pacers played very poorly throughout the final two months of the regular season, and the trend continued in Game 1 of their playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. Despite their disappointing play down the stretch, Indiana still secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. You wouldn’t know it by watching them on the court.

Like many others, Charles Barkley is fed up with watching such a talented team struggle to score points. He went off on the Pacers on Sunday’s “Inside the NBA” halftime show.

“You guys talk all that noise all year,” Barkley said. “‘We want home court.’ Then you come out (Saturday) night and play like dogs.”

Barkley then complimented the Pacers for having a great front office presence in Larry Bird and a great head coach in Frank Vogel.

“But to come out and play like wussies the last month of the season, get a fresh start and then come out at home (Saturday) night… I was disappointed because I’m an Indiana fan,” he continued. “But to come out and play like flat wussies… Come on man, ya’ll are better than that. You’re embarrassing coach Vogel and the great Larry Bird.”

I’m sure Indiana fans feel the same way as Sir Charles. The No. 1 seed has lost in the first round just 8% of the time in the NBA playoffs, but the Pacers look incredibly vulnerable. They have seemingly had chemistry issues for a while and have lost their identity. With the way Jeff Teague played in Game 1, Indiana fans have every right to be concerned.

H/T Eye on Basketball

Charles Barkley calls fans who don’t understand ‘teamcast’ idiots

Charles Barkley teamcastIf you tuned into the Final Four games on Saturday and ended up watching what you thought was a biased telecast, that’s probably because you were unwittingly on the wrong channel.

See, Turner decided to experiment with a new concept for the Final Four games called the “teamcast.” They had team-oriented/biased telecasts for one team on TNT and the other team on TruTV. To find the unbiased CBS call, you had to watch on TBS.

Many fans didn’t understand what was going on and were tweeting Kenny Smith and Reggie Miller to complain about the biased announcing. And even guys like former NBA player Detlef Schrempf complained that the announcers were slanted towards Kentucky.

Luckily we all had Charles Barkley to set us straight at halftime of the Kentucky-Wisconsin game.

“Some of you people are idiots. Y’all are tweeting Kenny and Reggie complaining about the ‘teamcasts.’ They’re supposed to be homers. Stop complaining!” said Barkley.

“They’re killing Kenny and Reggie on their tweets. Listen you idiots: that’s why we call them homecasts,” said Charles, who got the name of the product wrong.

Right after Charles went through his diatribe, Kenny Smith stepped in to save the viewers by pointing out to Charles that if they were able to hear Charles say that, then they were already in the right place, meaning Charles was preaching to the wrong people. He was right.

I’m sorry, but I thought Turner did a terrible job letting people know what was going on. Had my TV channel guide menu explained what was on each channel, I would have known which one to tune into. And then I would have known to put on TBS to get insulted by Charles Barkley.

Charles Barkley swears he has more money than Boomer Esiason (Video)

Charles Barkley was in peak, peak form during halftime of the Florida-UCLA NCAA Tournament game on CBS Thursday night. He seriously had me laughing so hard my neighbors were wondering what was going on.

It all started before the game when CBS showed a picture of Barkley at Auburn in 1984. Chuck joked that he remembered that year well because it was the last time he was poor. So when they returned for more analysis at the half, CBS shared a list of other now-famous people who hadn’t “made” it in 1984. Chuck, of course, proceeded to dish on each person on the list, but he was quite confused when they showed Boomer Esiason.

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Chuck swore he had more money than Boomer and his reasoning was great.

But the fun didn’t end there!

CBS then shared the “tweet of the night,” which came from Shaq. That led Chuck to rip on his “Inside the NBA” partner in hilarious form:

By the way, looks like Chuck was right:

Charles Barkley nearly falls asleep during Inside the NBA (Video)

Charles Barkley must have had a rough day on Thursday, because when it came time to work he almost couldn’t keep his eyes open. Sir Charles was caught on camera damn near nodding off during TNT’s “Inside the NBA” on Thursday night.

“I’m bored, man,” a seemingly embarrassed Barkley explained while his coworkers howled. “After watching those two games…”

Barkley was trying to excuse himself by saying the night’s NBA action was boring him, but he couldn’t seem to get a complete sentence out with Shaq repeatedly accusing him of having “Chuckolepsy” and Kenny Smith giving him just as much grief. Our man @cjzero put together a hilarious GIF of Shaq mocking Chuck:

Barkley didn’t exactly need to be woken up like a certain NFL analyst last season, but it was still hilarious. He’ll never live that one down.

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Video via @cjzero

Charles Barkley bags on Ben McLemore for having nappy hair

Ben McLemore hair

Charles Barkley has no filter. No filter whatsoever.

As TNT was getting ready for the Slam Dunk contest on Saturday night, the crew was asked to give their picks to win it. Shaq said his pick to win the competition was Ben McLemore, which led Chuck to take a shot at McLemore for having some nappy hair, in his opinion.

“Ben McLemore needs some of that green grease that people used to put in their hair back in the hood where I grew up. Get some of the naps out of there.”

Thanks Chuck. At least that dude has hair on his head. And it’s better looking than that taco meat on your chest.

Ben McLemore hair nappy

As far as that green grease he mentioned, was he talking about Dax Pomade? This is what all the homies used back in the day.

Dax Pomade

If Chuck were so concerned about McLemore’s hair, he should have just given him some of that Vaseline he carries around in his belly button to help a brother out.

Charles Barkley gives funniest pronunciation of Jonas Valanciunas (Video)

Jonas ValanciunasOnce you hear how Jonas Valanciunas’ last name is pronounced, it’s not as hard to say as it looks. It’s pretty simple: val-un-chew-nas. But don’t tell that to Charles Barkley. Listening to him try to pronounce Valanciunas’ last name was pure gold.

Shaq and Chuck picked teams for the Rising Stars Challenge game next weekend where they oppose each other as coaches. Barkley decided to select Valanciunas, and he did it with the best pronunciation of Jonas’ name possible. I always knew there was a sauce somewhere in there.

Video via @BenGolliver

Charles Barkley: Nets stink, are beating up on ‘ugly chicks’

Charles Barkley eyebrowsThe Brooklyn Nets have rallied after a terrible start to the season that put head coach Jason Kidd’s job in jeopardy. Brooklyn was 10-21 at one point and reports said Kidd could be fired before the All-Star break. But the Nets have played well since the new year, going 11-4 to improve to 21-25 for the season. Though they’ve improved and are in position to make the playoffs out of the terrible Eastern Conference, Charles Barkley isn’t about to praise them. Matter of fact, he’s not buying them at all.

During a conference call Thursday to promote TNT’s coverage of the NBA’s All-Star weekend, Barkley ripped into the Nets in a way only he can.

“When you play in the Eastern Conference, you’re going to go on winning streaks. Listen, the Nets stink, man,” Barkley said via the NY Daily News. “They lost their best player in Brook Lopez. Deron Williams has been inconsistent. They’re beating up on a bunch of ugly chicks in the Eastern Conference. Don’t act like they have a good team, stop it.”

Classic Barkley.

Chuck is also down on Kevin Garnett and D-Will, saying KG is too old and that father time has caught up with him. He says Williams has been hit by too many injuries.

“He’s never going to get back to Utah. His best days are behind him,” Barkley said of D-Will.

I disagree with Barkley on most accounts here. I’ve said even when the Nets were struggling that they’d get a lot better once their players were healthy. I still believe Williams can get back to being a top point guard. And one thing Chuck left out is how good Mirza Teletovic has been from long distance this season. He’s a weapon as a 3-point shooter. They won’t win a playoff series, but they’re not as bad as Chuck is making them out to be.

By the way, the Nets have beaten the Hawks twice, the Thunder, Dallas, Miami and Golden State since the new year. That’s not too bad.