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Charles Barkley introduces the world to ‘Leroy Jetson’ the black Jetson (Video)

Oh. My. God.

“Inside the NBA” on TNT regularly puts out some of the best sports programming each week, but this impromptu segment where Charles Barkley introduced the world to “Leroy Jetson” might have been the best segment ever on the show.

Chuck was talking about how easy the NBA is these days and said on Thursday’s show that if he were in the NBA today, he’d be so revered that he’d arrive to games in a spaceship like one of the Jetsons. Fortunately for us, Barkley mistakenly said “Leroy” Jetson instead of son “Elroy,” before quickly correcting himself. His brief blunder resulted in a truly hilarious meme for the crew.

Shaq just totally ran with the whole “Leroy” Jetson thing. He called Leroy the black Jetson, said Leroy’s wife was “Juanita” and that Leroy Jetson has dubs on his whip.

The whole thing had me dying. I was just in tears watching the segment.

But was also awesome is how TNT played the theme song from the Jetsons during the segment and began speaking in that cadence. They also did their typical fantastic Photoshop job and created an image of how “Leroy” Jetson would look:

Leroy Jetson

Leroy Jetson, man. They should give him his own spinoff show.

This is just the latest example of why “Inside the NBA” is the best sports show on TV and often more entertaining than the actual games on the network.

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Charles Barkley rides subway for the first time, rags on Knicks and Nets (Video)

Charles-Barkley-subwayCharles 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.

H/T Deadspin

Kenny Smith does great impression of Charles Barkley’s golf swing

Kenny Smith Charles Barkley golf swingKenny Smith has taken more than his share of ribbing from the TNT “Inside the NBA” crew this season, so he decided to get some revenge.

Following the Chicago Bulls-Miami Heat game on Thursday, “Inside the NBA” played a video clip of The Jet doing the Charles Barkley golf swing. His impression of Chuck’s hideous swing was fantastic, but the best part was when someone called it the “stanky leg.”

After the way the guys have ragged on Smith’s knee-knocking running style, it was about time he had some fun.

Below is a montage of Barkley’s terrible golf swing:

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Charles Barkley doesn’t want White America dictating N-word rules (Video)

charles-barkleyCharles Barkley expressed his thoughts on the N-word and says he doesn’t want White America dictating his use of the word.

Barkley shared his thoughts on TNT Thursday. The subject came up because of Matt Barnes, who was fined $20,000 on Thursday in part for his foul language in a tweet sent after his ejection from Wednesday’s game. In the tweet, Barnes called his teammates “niggas.

Barkley defended Barnes’ use of the term, but he said Twitter was not the proper forum to use the word.

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Charles Barkley: Amar’e Stoudemire has lost his talent

Amare StoudemireCharles Barkley doesn’t mince words, and he surely didn’t when talking about New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire.

During an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 Wednesday, Barkley said the Knicks are in big trouble when it comes to Stoudemire, because the forward has lost all his talent and skill.

“You all in trouble with Amar’e,” Barkley told host Mike Lupica. “I like Amar’e as a person, but I don’t see him doing anything in the NBA, to be honest with you. I think he’s lost his skill. He lost his talent. He played the game on talent when he was younger. He played the game 100 percent on talent. And now he has lost his talent and he is in serious trouble.”

Thankfully for the Knicks, Amar’e is only signed for one more season after this one. He was a risky signing to begin with because of his knee problems, and his health issues have only gotten worse. He only played in 47 games two seasons ago, 29 last year and he’s playing limited minutes this season since he’s recovering from knee surgery.

Amar’e says his goal is to be able to contribute minutes in the postseason, but I have my doubts. Barkley is probably right on about Amar’e. Knicks fans will tell you they just can’t expect to receive anything from him. Enjoy paying him that $23.4 million option next season.

Charles Barkley: LeBron James not in my all-time top five, probably never will be

LeBron-James-HeatLeBron James is already considered by many to be one of the greatest NBA players of all time. Should he win several more championships before his career ends, some would argue that LeBron is No. 1. Charles Barkley does not envision that happening.

In a recent interview with SI.com’s Richard Deitsch, Barkley said he currently ranks LeBron just outside of his top-five NBA players of all time. And he suspects James will remain there.

“I have him there. But he can’t get any higher than where he is,” Barkley explained. “I have Michael [Jordan] at No. 1. Oscar [Robertson] at No. 2. Then Wilt [Chamberlain], Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] and [Bill] Russell. I have Kobe [Bryant], LeBron, Tim Duncan, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor after that. Those are my top 10. Those second five fluctuate, but who do I take off my top five?”

Barkley then raised what he believes is a bigger issue — why people don’t give Kobe Bryant and his five championship rings more respect.

“LeBron can get to No. 6 on my list, but here’s the thing that bothers me about the whole LeBron debate: I want to know why y’all killed Kobe Bryant!” Barkley added. “Y’all don’t even compare him to LeBron anymore. You are skipping him for LeBron and going right to Michael. I’m still going to take five [titles] over two. It makes me laugh with my friends — the media just kills Kobe Bryant. Like he’s dead! Five still is a lot more than two!”

I agree. Jason Kidd named his all-time starting five a few months ago and left Kobe out. Karl Malone rattled his off and put Scottie Pippen in over Michael Jordan, and he included LeBron. Still, no Kobe.

If LeBron wins three more championships before retiring, I’m sure Barkley will change his mind. But for now, his argument makes perfect sense.

Charles Barkley: Johnny Manziel could make me root for Alabama

Johnny Manziel OVO DrakeCharles Barkley spent four seasons playing college basketball at Auburn. During that time, he developed a hatred for Alabama like any other loyal Auburn student would. However, he may be willing to cast that hatred aside if it means seeing Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M lose on Saturday.

During an interview with ESPN 1000 in Chicago’s Waddle and Silvy on Wednesday, Barkley said Manziel’s antics over the past several months have made the star quarterback impossible to root for — even when he is facing the Crimson Tide.

“Johnny Manziel, he’s doing something I never thought was possible,” Barkley said, per AL.com’s Mark Heim. “He’s going to make me root for Alabama this weekend. I never thought I would say those words. I am so close to saying ‘Roll Tide.’ Johnny Manziel is annoying me so much. I’m really close to saying ‘Roll Tide.’”

Coming from a guy who tends to cross the line when ragging on Alabama, that says a lot. Manziel has become incredibly easy to hate, and it’s not just because he is a Heisman Trophy winner who has dominated college football. People are also annoyed at the fact that he acted like a jackass after being suspended for a half against Rice. Others think it’s ridiculous that he has a Drake ‘OVO’ tattoo on his wrist.

“(Auburn Nation is) not going to be happy,” Barkley added. “But let me tell you something. Johnny Manziel, oh my God, the only thing saving Manziel is Miley Cyrus. I just think that Johnny Manziel has done a lot of stupid stuff in the last three or four months.”

That he has, Chuck. That he has. Manziel is under a brighter spotlight than most 20-year-olds, but he does very little to deflect the attention. As long as he continues to back it up, there won’t be much anyone can say.