TNT crew makes fun of Charles Barkley for waxing his eyebrows (Video)

Charles Barkley is a loose cannon who delivers some of the most biting criticism in sports, but the former NBA All-Star also has a softer side. Barkley freely admits that he gets his eyebrows waxed. Anytime he mentions on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” that he gets his eyebrows waxed, co-host Kenny Smith mocks him.

Barkley was actually away from TNT’s Atlanta studios and in Phoenix to provide color commentary during Thursday’s Phoenix Suns-Los Angeles Clippers game when the subject of his waxed eyebrows came up.

“See, Kenny (Smith) hates on me because I’ve been getting my eyebrows waxed,” Barkley said during the telecast. “Ain’t no shame in my game! I get my eyebrows done!” he stated proudly.

“Just for the record, I get other things waxed too. I do,” said Barkley. “I get other things waxed.”

Barkley says he gets his eyebrows waxed at the same place where he gets his manicure and pedicure, or “mani and pedi” as he called it.

When the game went to halftime, the rest of the crew was prepared to pounce on Barkley for his admission.

Shaq used duct tape to pretend like he was waxing his eyebrows; Chris Webber put on some lip gloss; and Smith showed off his nails. The result was a hilarious couple of minutes of television that had viewers rolling in laughter.

Video via @cjzero

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Charles Barkley: Lakers have ‘zero chance’ of winning an NBA title

Steve-Nash-LakersThe Los Angeles Lakers may have plenty of time left in the season to turn their early struggles around, but Charles Barkley does not see that happening. L.A. is currently toting a 15-16 record. Mike D’Antoni is hoping that Steve Nash, who returned from injury a couple of weeks ago, will give the team a much-needed boost. Again, Barkley does not see it happening.

During an appearance on The Dan Lebatard Show on 790 The Ticket in Miami, Barkley talked about how old and slow the Lakers look — something even Kobe Bryant recently admitted.

“When I broadcast the game two weeks ago, Steve Kerr said I was talking to the Lakers before the game and Kobe said he’s not sure what team they are going to get night after night,” Barkley said, via Sports Radio Interviews. “I said they are going to get an old, slow team every night. I just think Kobe got around to TiVoing the games and just got around to watching it.

“I think three weeks ago when I broadcast the game against the Knicks, I said, ‘Man these Lakers … are old and slow on television. They are even older and slower in person.’”

When asked if he believed the Lakers had a shot at contending in the West, Barkley said he doesn’t even think they’re in the top four teams in the conference.

“None. Zero. Zero chance,” he said. “I think Oklahoma City, Memphis and the Spurs are the three best teams in the West.”

The Miami Heat started slowly two year ago, but two of their three superstars weren’t 34 and 38 years old. Nash recently said L.A. lacks chemistry, but it also lacks youth. Age is the biggest obstacle the Lakers will have to overcome if they want to prove Barkley wrong.

Charles Barkley: Fans shouldn’t be allowed to vote for All-Star game

Fan voting for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game is underway, and Charles Barkley is disgusted with some of the results thus far. Because of the way things are going, Barkley believes the fans should no longer decide who the starters for the All-Star game will be in the future. In particular, he’s baffled that Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett are receiving so many votes.

“I don’t think the fans should ever vote because they just vote for their favorite players,” Barkley told WMSF-FM in South Florida earlier this week, via FOX Sports’ Chris Tomasson. “I’m a big Kevin Garnett fan. But there’s no way in the world he should be starting the All-Star game right now. And the same way with Dwight Howard. Those fans who have penciled those two guys in (to) start… that’s a travesty to be honest. I like Dwight Howard but he ain’t played like no All-Star this year and Kevin Garnett (the same).”

K.G. and Dwight are having rough seasons. Garnett, who is 36 years old and at the tail end of his career, is showing his age. He is averaging 14.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, which certainly aren’t All-Star numbers. Howard has yet to find his groove with the Lakers, as he’s averaging 17.3 points and 11.9 rebounds — his lowest totals in seven years.

While you could still argue that Howard is one of the best centers in the league and doesn’t have much competition (an argument Shaq lives off of), the All-Star format has changed this season. Fans can now vote for three forwards and two guards and omit a center if they so choose, meaning they don’t have to vote for Howard at all.

At the end of the day, the outcome of the All-Star Game is meaningless. Like the MLB, the NBA cares more about keeping fans involved and making them a part of the process than it does about whether or not the best players are chosen. That’s part of the business end of professional sports.

H/T SI Tracking Blog
Photo Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Charles Barkley celebrates Christmas with the Dream Team … sort of

charles-barkley-christmasThe folks at Funny or Die wrangled up Charles Barkley to do a video Christmas card, and just like most things Charles Barkley does, this was pretty funny. Watch as Chuck breaks out some cardboard cutouts of his former Dream Team teammates Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and John Stockton to celebrate the holidays. Stay for the Shaq appearance as well.

A few fun facts about Barkley on the Dream Team – Sir Charles was one of the last players added to the team because of his attitude/personality, yet he still wound up being the team’s leading scorer.

Charles Barkley: The Knicks are closer to a Playboy bunny than a rabbit this year

Charles Barkley has never been a big fan of the New York Knicks. As far as he is concerned, New York is a team that creates a ton of buzz every season only to fall short of expectations. Last season, he shot down rumors of John Calipari potentially returning to the NBA to coach the Knicks by saying Coach Cal would never be drunk enough to take such a horrible job.

Sir Charles is singing a slightly different tune about Carmelo Anthony and company’s 16-5 start this year. In fact, he’s almost ready to compare them to hot women.

“Everybody in New York thinks the Knicks are Playboy bunnies, and I have been telling them for years the Knicks are a rabbit,” Barkley said according to Newsday. “They’re closer to a Playboy bunny this year but for the last few years these guys are like, ‘We have a really good team!’ And I say, ‘You really think that?’ And I say, ‘No, they don’t.’ But this is the best team they’ve had in a while.”

However, Barkley is not quite ready to crown the Knicks. While they have gotten off to a tremendous start, he pointed to their lack of rebounding and unrealistic numbers from beyond the arc.

“But when I look at their stats, they only outrebounded the teams they’ve played like twice,” Barkley said. “That concerns me. And I don’t know if they can keep shooting threes like that. That’s my only critique. It’s not a criticism, it’s a critique.”

Amar’e Stoudemire could help New York’s rebounding problem when he returns, but there have been concerns about whether or not he will throw off the chemistry and defensive ability the Knicks have established through the early part of the season. He is willing to accept a new role if needed, but how he will fit in remains to be seen. Hopefully he doesn’t turn the Playboy bunnies back into rabbits.

More of the crazy things Charles Barkley says:
I wish I could give Tiger Woods some of my blackness
Ugly women have no chance of landing jobs in TV
I illegally recruited Dirk Nowitzki

H/T Game On!
Photo Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

LeBron James: ‘Charles Barkley needs to shut up’ after criticizing Dwyane Wade

Charles Barkley called out Dwyane Wade the past two weeks, and LeBron James says the TNT analyst needs to “shut up” now that Wade proved him wrong.

The Miami Heat have appeared on TNT’s nationally televised game the past two Thursdays. Barkley has gone after Wade’s play while discussing the games on “Inside the NBA.” He has said that the Miami Heat guard is older and no longer attacks the basket the way he used to. He also has said that the Heat won’t win another title the way Wade has been playing.

Wade shot 10-for-30 in those two TNT games, averaging just 16 points.

When asked on Saturday about Barkley’s criticism, Wade seemed to indicate there was a rift between them.

“I forgot all about that guy,” he said, according to FOX Sports Florida’s Chris Tomasson.

Though Wade brushed aside Barkley’s criticism, the comments seemed to inspire him.

Wade shot 9-of-12 for 26 points in a win over the Hornets on Saturday, and he went 11-of-13 for 26 points in a win over the Hawks on Monday. The strong performances prompted LeBron James to come to his defense.

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Gregg Popovich shuts down Charles Barkley interview after two questions (Video)

Gregg Popovich does not hide his disdain for in-game interviews, and that position did not change even when he was interviewed by Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley.

Barkley was serving as a color commentator for the Miami Heat-San Antonio Spurs game on TNT and conducted an interview with the Spurs coach after the first quarter. He asked Pop about the play and pace of the game, and when he attempted to ask a third question, he was shut down by Pop, who pointed out that only two questions are supposed to be asked.

Barkley gave a sheepish grin and said, “My bad.”

Popovich then gave Barkley a playful slap on the back and muttered, “I love you” to him.

It was clear Pop was messing around with Barkley rather than hassling him the way he has with other reporters. Pop acts so disrespectfully towards interviewers that his wife has asked him to cut it out, but he says he can’t help it. I guess he finds it too amusing.

Video via @cjzero