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Charles Barkley: Atlanta Hawks Aren’t Hood Enough (Video)

Charles Barkley is not a fan of the Atlanta Hawks. He made that clear on Thursday night when he was serving as a commentator during the Hawks-Heat game on TNT. What does he believe is the problem with Atlanta? They’re not hood enough.

“I think the Atlanta Hawks got too many nice guys, that’s one of their bigger problems,” Barkley said. “They got some good players, but some of their guys just really nice guys. You’ve got to have some hood in you. You’ve got to have some hood in you to be a great player.”

The comment sure is funny, but like many things Barkley says, it’s offensive, not to mention inaccurate. Last I checked, Dirk wasn’t hood but he won a championship last year. Tim Duncan has won four rings and I don’t think people consider him hood. How bout Dwyane Wade? He’s a great player, but I don’t think he’s hood either.

Keep swinging Charles, and keep entertaining us with your commentary. Whether it’s pounding tequila or wearing sombreros, Chuck sure knows how to make us laugh.

Charles Barkley Has a Crush on Sarah Palin, So Glen Rice is Now his Hero

Charles Barkley freely admits that he has a crush on Sarah Palin. You may recall this January video of Barkley asking for Tracy Morgan’s opinion of Palin, to which the comedian replied “she’s great masturbation material.” That came up because Barkley was trying to convince fellow TNT analyst Kenny Smith that Palin was hot.

Well Barkley joined the Waddle and Silvy show on Thursday and one of the topics that came up was Glen Rice and Sarah Palin. Barkley could not contain his excitement.

“You know, I have a thing for Sarah Palin,” Barkley stated shamelessly. “I think she’s hot. I wouldn’t vote for her, but she is hot. I’ve always said I’ve got a crush on Sarah Palin.

“When I read that [story] … Glen Rice is my new hero. He’s my new hero. If that story is true, more power to Glen Rice.”

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Charles Barkley Antagonizes Miami Heat Fans Again

We’ve previously touched on the NBA Finals side story involving Charles Barkley, the Miami Heat, and their fans. Barkley was one of the loudest critics of LeBron James when he left Cleveland for Miami and that disgust spilled into the season when he called the Heat a “whiny bunch.” Then TNT had to move their pre and post game show indoors during the playoffs in Miami because Barkley was being heckled by fans outside the arena. If you thought that incident would have taught him to lay off the fans, you’d be wrong. During a visit on the Waddle & Silvy Show, Barkley let Heat fans have it.

“There’s something about that team that annoys me,” Barkley said. “They’re just a whiny bunch and I can’t root for them. Yeah, they got the worst fans, no question. It’s not even loud in there. You’re at the game and you’re like ‘Man, it’s not even loud.’”

That last complaint is something I’ve previously mentioned. When the Heat were behind in playoff games, it was silent at American Airlines Arena. It really is pathetic sometimes. And the wealthy fans who show up wearing ugg boots and sunglasses to sit in the front row show up late, leaving plenty of empty spots. It honestly makes them look worse than LA fans, and that’s hard to do. Are Heat fans the worst fans? I don’t know about that — they’re pretty passionate about their team now, but they’re not exactly your die hard version. And you definitely wouldn’t see ugg boots on men in the front row at too many other arenas, so that automatically places them in poor company.

Nike Called Charles Barkley About his LeBron James Negativity

Somehow this NBA postseason has turned into a clash between Charles Barkley and the Miami Heat. Last week Chuck called the Miami Heat a whiny bunch which didn’t sit well with fans. They also didn’t like that he picked the Chicago Bulls to win the series, so they let him have it during TNT’s postgame show after Game 3. Chuck responded with a double bird to the fans.

Most of the problems between the sides date back to last summer when Barkley criticized LeBron James for leaving the Cavs to join the Heat, completely disregarding that he had actually sold out and joined the Rockets in search of a ring late in his career! Putting the hypocrisy aside, Barkley’s negativity towards LeBron was enough to get the suits from the swoosh on the phone.

Check out what Barkley told Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald as shared by Royce Young at CBS Sports:

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Charles Barkley Flips Off Heat Fans in Response to Profanity-Laced Heckling

Charles Barkley has made very few friends in Miami after criticizing the Heat this season. Last week he called them a whiny bunch. Before the season began, he ripped LeBron for leaving Cleveland to join Dwyane Wade, resulting in a response from Pat Riley. Miami Heat fans, whom we’ve criticized for showing up so late to games and not being too boisterous, remembered the criticism and let Barkley hear it prior to Game 3 Sunday.

Heat fans taunted Barkley with “F*** you Chuck” chants and got a reaction. Here’s the video courtesy of Miami radio host Jorge Sedano who shared it on his Miami Herald blog (language is offensive and NSFW):

I’d say I was surprised by Barkley’s reaction, but if he’s not afraid to flip someone off on national TV, why would this come as a shock? The only surprise is that TNT is moving its pregame show inside as a response. I figured they would just let Chuck end up fighting the fans.

Charles Barkley Was Willing to Write Dirk Nowitzki Blank Check to Play at Auburn

Former All-Star and current NBA analyst Charles Barkley has been on the Dirk Nowitzki bandwagon for a long time. Before picking the Mavs to beat the Thunder, Barkley said about Dirk “In my 30 years around the NBA, he has the most unique game. He’s a 7-foot guy who can shoot 3s, he can put it on the floor” and that was only part of his praise for the German. If you don’t understand where his love for Dirk comes from, it actually goes back several years ago when Barkley saw Dirk play as a teenager. He related the story as a guest on PTI Thursday.

“We’re on one of those Nike trips and I had Scottie Pippen and Gary Payton, and a bunch of great players,” Barkley recalled. “Dirk had 28 at halftime. He was like 16 years old. He finished up with about 42. I told him ‘You name your price, you’re going to Auburn University.’ I said ‘Here’s a blank check, just fill it in. Just fill it in. You’re going to Auburn.’ He said ‘I gotta go into the army.’ I took his information, called a couple months later, and Don Nelson drafts him for the Mavs. You know how great we would have been? Can you imagine how great Auburn would have been if we had the white mamba?”

The main point of the story was to explain how good Dirk was at such an early age, and how obvious to Barkley it was that Dirk was a special player. But if you think he was joking about writing a blank check to get Dirk to Auburn, you’re wrong. Barkley freely admits he took money from agents when he played, and he’ll probably tell you Auburn got Cam Newton cheaply if they only paid $180,000 for him.

And just for factual information, Dirk was actually drafted by Milwaukee and traded for Tractor Traylor. It was easily one of the worst draft-day trades ever, all respect to the late Tractor.

Charles Barkley: the Miami Heat are a ‘Whiny Bunch’

Charles Barkley has something to say about the Miami Heat? I know, it’s shocking. The same guy who sees no problem with college athletes taking money from agents and thinks truTV is the white BET is still flapping his gums about America’s most hated team.  At least Sir Charles has taken a step back from calling LeBron and company a bunch of punks.  In fact, Barkley’s latest comments actually make perfect sense for a change.

Pro Basketball Talk passed along Barkley’s insight about the Heat on Tuesday, in which he voices his belief that the Big Three paved the way for people to root against them, and not simply because they are great players.

“[The Heat players] say [the people in the media] don’t like the Miami Heat. First of all, that’s not true at all,” Barkley said. “Those guys are actually a whiny bunch. They said a couple times this year, ‘Well the world is happy the Miami Heat [is losing].’ Please don’t flatter yourself. C’mon man.

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