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Charles Barkley rips Lakers ‘they stink’ (Video)

I post this video not necessarily because of the content, but mostly because of the delivery.

Charles BarkleyDuring an interview with ESPN on Friday, Charles Barkley discussed some of the offseason moves around the NBA. He defended Dwight Howard for going to Houston, saying the Rockets are a good basketball fit for the center. He said the Boston Celtics will do better than most people think. He thinks the Eastern Conference will be competitive and fun to watch. And then he got to the Los Angeles Lakers. While Barkley thinks Kobe Bryant will return from his Achilles injury and do fine, he’s less optimistic about the Lakers. In fact, Barkley thinks the Lakers “stink.”

When ESPN interviewer Cole Wright brought up the notion that the Lakers’ “championship window” was closing, Barkley interjected.

“Window closing? It’s boarded up. Let me tell you something … the windows ain’t closed, the window’s boarded up like a hurricane’s coming. The Lakers are gone.”

Wright then began to bring up that Kobe is expected to return early from his injury, and Barkley humorously interrupted again.

“IT DON’T EVEN MATTER. IT DON’T EVEN MATTER,” Barkley said when talk about Bryant returning earlier than expected came up. “I love Kobe Bryant. He’s going to come back and probably play pretty good, but the Lakers are gonna stink, bro. The Lakers stink.

“The Lakers … they’re finished for next year.”

Most people agree, which is why they’re already talking about what moves the Lakers will make in 2014 rather than now. Man, Barkley is just the best.

Charles Barkley believes right decision was made in George Zimmerman trial

Charles-BarkleyThe George Zimmerman verdict has been the most controversial topic in America over the past week since the Florida man was acquitted on Saturday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Several powerful figures from the sports world have voiced their opinions on the matter, with most of them bashing the legal system and ripping the jury.

Charles Barkley took a different approach on Thursday. During an appearance on CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” Barkley said he agrees with the verdict and that the media has a “hidden agenda” and are using the case as an avenue to discuss racism.

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Charles Barkley rips Skip Bayless, fat women of San Antonio, Kazaam (Video)

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Charles Barkley had himself quite a night on Monday and made the last episode of “Inside the NBA” this season a memorable one. The excitement of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals had Chuck in rare form before the game, and he continued to deliver the goods in the postgame show after the Miami Heat dominated the Indiana Pacers to advance to the NBA Finals.

For starters, there was the shot Barkley took at Skip Bayless during TNT’s pregame show. Sir Charles was making the point that there are going to be people who blame LeBron James if the Heat lose, despite the fact that Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and others have played so poorly. Barkley said Bayless, who he called “the idiot,” would be one of those people.

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Charles Barkley on Brittney Griner in the NBA: ‘A girl can’t play against men’

Brittney GrinerBrittney Griner is set to become a member of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, who have the first overall pick in the upcoming WNBA draft. That is basically a foregone conclusion at this point, but what about the possibility of pursuing an NBA career?

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban created quite the stir last week when he said he was considering drafting Griner in the second round of the NBA Draft. Griner certainly seems excited about the possibility, but many people feel that it is insane to think a woman could physically compete with men. During an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday, Barkley let it be known that he is one of those people.

“She can’t play against guys,” Barkley said, via Nick Birdsong of AI.com. “I mean, you’re going to go at her, probably aggressively, cause you’re offended that she’s trying to play against you cause it’s kind of an insult to you. But she can’t play with men and I think whether she plays against a guy who has no…cause most of those guys, let’s…who are we kidding? Ninety to 95 percent of those guys who pay in the summer league are never going to play in the NBA.”

UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma shared some similar thoughts earlier this week, saying it would be a publicity “sham” if Cuban ever did give Griner a chance to play for the Mavericks.

“I agree with Geno,” Barkley continued. “I mean, if you brought her in, yeah they’d sell some tickets to the summer league which I don’t understand what type of loser would go to the summer league anyway. But I agree with Geno 100 percent. A girl can’t play against men. It’s just a publicity (stunt). Mark’s one of my great friends, great friends. But a woman can’t play against a man.”

My gut tells me Barkley and Auriemma are right. WNBA legend Lisa Leslie told Larry Brown Sports earlier this week that Griner would have to bulk up to play in the NBA. I’m not sure how easy that would be and I’m skeptical Griner even has the skill set needed to compete against some of the best male basketball players in the world.

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Charles Barkley goes on ‘Conan’ and rags on Michael Jordan for his looks (Video)

Charles-Barkley-ConanCharles Barkley made an appearance on “Conan” on Thursday night and covered a wide range of topics. Conan O’Brien had Sir Charles talking about everything from his personal hygiene to the prospect of him working as a general manager in the NBA in the near future. Conan also brought up how Barkley has been critical of Michael Jordan’s looks in the past, and Charles was happy to elaborate.

“People tell me he’s good looking,” Barkley said. “First of all, he’s not good looking. He’s not. Every man who’s got $500 million is good looking. But seriously, if he was a plumber people wouldn’t be saying he’s good looking.”

And then there was the manscaping talk. Apparently Barkley is big into keeping himself groomed, which Conan couldn’t resist poking fun at him for.

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Kevin Ware received phone calls from Dwight Howard and Charles Barkley

Luke-Hancock-Kevin-WareLouisville guard Kevin Ware has begun his road to recovery in the wake of suffering one of the most gruesome injuries you will ever see in sports. The sophomore is a long way away from playing basketball again, but he has undergone successful surgery and already begun moving around on crutches. The amazing amount of support he has received has undoubtedly helped accelerate the process.

Ware told the Courier-Journal that he received phone calls in the hospital from Dwight Howard and Charles Barkley, who lent words of encouragement. He also got a visit from NCAA President Mark Emmert and browsed through hundreds of tweets from pro athletes like Michael Bush, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo.

“I’ve never had this much support in my life,” Ware said. “Like, I’m just so grateful for it, you know?”

Ware said that just being able to move around — even if it is with his leg in a cast and on crutches — brought his spirits up. After his body went into shock when he saw his bone sticking through his skin, he said the only thing on his mind was making sure his teammates won the game.

“And that made me just go into Kevin mode,” he explained. “I just told Luke (Hancock), ‘I’m good. Just win this game.’ I just kept repeating that. I got louder and louder, and Russ was there and I’m pulling their jerseys, trying to get in their face like, ‘Y’all got to win this game.’ When they took me off the court, I heard so many cheers, and I’m like ‘When I’m out of surgery, there’s gonna be some good news.’”

There was indeed very good news, as Louisville dominated Duke to advance to the Final Four. Ware said he didn’t remember his teammates putting the  Midwest Regional trophy in his hospital bed with him because he was so heavily medicated after surgery. However, the memories came back the next morning when the trophy was still sitting next to him.

Assuming his leg does not become infected, Ware should be released from the hospital on Tuesday and there’s a good chance he’ll be able to join his teammates in Atlanta. Having him on the sidelines could give the Cardinals a shot in the arm that they may not even need.

Charles Barkley defends Doug Gottlieb after ‘white man’s perspective’ comment (Video)

Doug-GottliebDoug Gottlieb tried to make a joke during CBS’ broadcast of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night, and he ended up hearing nothing but crickets and Twitter outrage. If he could do it over, I’m sure Gottlieb would take back his comment about bringing the “white man’s perspective” to CBS’ panel of tournament analysts. He later apologized.

“It was not a smart thing to say and I apologize,” Gottlieb said according to the Associated Press.

However, Charles Barkley was not offended. After catching wind of the way Gottlieb was being torn apart on Twitter and other social media sites, Barkley decided to take a few moments to defend his colleague later in the broadcast.

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