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Monday, January 22, 2018

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Kenny Smith advises Charles Barkley to apologize to Michael Jordan

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Kenny Smith is sort of caught in the middle of the feud between Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, but the former NBA point guard is not afraid to say who he thinks is right and who is wrong in the ongoing beef.

In a brief interview with TMZ over the weekend, Smith said he believes Barkley should apologize to Jordan.

“All he has to do is make a phone call if he misses him,” Smith said. “I think the one thing both Charles and Michael have is a lot of pride. Once the pride settles down … I do think Charles was wrong. Mike’s doing a great job. (Barkley) should apologize. (Jordan’s) doing a great job.”

Barkley has maintained that he was only doing his job, and it’s hard to argue with him. Barkley said his relationship with Jordan went south when Sir Charles criticized the job his former Dream Team teammate has done running the then-Charlotte Bobcats.

“I think some people, when you’re their friend, they expect you to have their back no matter what,” Barkley explained previously. “Part of my job sucks, but I have to criticize people I like or are friends. … He took it personal and got really angry.”

Charlotte has made the playoffs just three times since Jordan became an owner in 2006, and they have lost in the first round each time. Last season, they took their series against the Miami Heat to seven games. They were swept the two times before that, so you can understand why Barkley was critical of the direction of the franchise.

We know Barkley’s outspokenness can rub people the wrong way, and that is obviously also true for his friends. The story of why he is no longer friends with Tiger Woods is even more interesting.

Steve Kerr has great response to latest Charles Barkley criticism

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Charles Barkley has been a longtime critic of the Golden State Warriors, and coach Steve Kerr had a strong response to his latest criticism.

On Thursday night, Barkley went after the Warriors again, saying that he was “never going to like that little girly basketball” that he believes they play. It’s only the latest in a long list of criticisms of Golden State that have usually gone ignored by those associated with the team.

On Friday, though, Kerr could not resist a response.

Possibly not far from the truth.

Barkley has derided the Warriors as a jump-shooting team that would never win a championship, even though they eventually did. He’s never let up on that criticism despite their remarkable success. At this point, it’s kind of an old take, and good on Kerr for jabbing back and having a little fun with it.

Charles Barkley says he has not smoothed things over with Michael Jordan

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Michael Jordan may have put his arm around Charles Barkley while posing for a photo recently, but that does not mean His Airness has forgiven his old friend.

The photo, which was taken at the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame ceremony last month, led to speculation that Barkley and Jordan are finally speaking to one another again. Featured in the same photo was Kenny Smith, who later bragged about playing peacemaker between the old Dream Team teammates. Unfortunately, Barkley told “The Dan Le Batard Show” on Tuesday that there was no burying of the hatchet.

“I love Michael. I miss Michael’s friendship. He was a great friend to me for a long period of time and I love him and miss him like a brother,” Barkley said. “I would love to mend that relationship, but we just happened to be at the same place and took a picture together. We are not back to where we used to be.”

Barkley said that was actually the first time he had spoken to Jordan in years.

“I think some people, when you’re their friend, they expect you to have their back no matter what,” he explained. “Part of my job sucks, but I have to criticize people I like or are friends. … He took it personal and got really angry.”

Jordan and Barkley were close when they played in the NBA together, but their relationship soured several years ago when Barkley criticized some of the decisions Jordan had made as owner of the then-Charlotte Bobcats. Barkley opened up about the demise of the friendship in detail a couple of years back.

Barkley is one of the most outspoken guys in sports, and that can rub those close to him the wrong way. The story of why he is no longer friends with Tiger Woods is even more interesting.

Charles Barkley has funny comment about Ryan Lochte incident

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Never could we have imagined the Ryan Lochte robbery situation getting this out of control, but here we are. Why not share Charles Barkley’s thoughts on the incident since we’ve come this far?

In an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show” Thursday, Barkley described being famous as a great thing “two out of three times.” Allow him to explain:

Amen, Chuck.

Granted, we really don’t know how stupid whatever Lochte did is at this point. The story has morphed so much over the past several days that it’s hard to keep up. After Lochte initially said he and three U.S. swimming teammates were robbed at gunpoint, we learned that there was some sort of incident at a gas station in which the four swimmers may have vandalized property. You can read all the latest surrounding the incident here.

Charles Barkley: Team USA struggling due to flawed roster

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After a pair of early blowouts, Team USA has found it much tougher with a trio of tight wins. The inevitable questions have started, and Charles Barkley thinks the issue is inherent in the roster.

Barkley told Sports360AZ.com that the Americans play too much isolation.

“It’s not a good team to put together,” Barkley said, via ESPN. “If you take away DeAndre Jordan, every guy on that team is a ball-dominant guy. You see them playing a lot of one-on-one basketball.

“That’s the thing I’ve noticed more than anything. Like, you have to understand when you put a team together like that, you have to have some role players.”

Barkley thinks the team has too many players who want to shoot.

“You take a guy like Kyle Lowry, who is a hell of a player, he wants to score. Kyrie [Irving] wants to score. Kevin [Durant] wants to score. DeMar [DeRozan] wants to score. So, I think they have been really stagnant offensively.

“When they put that team together in the future, they have to realize we can’t have just really, really great offensive players. They gotta have players that if they don’t get a shot, they’re not just gonna stand around and mope.”

At least one of Team USA’s players has diagnosed some of the problems. We’ll see if they have an easier time with Argentina on Wednesday.

Charles Barkley on Dream Team II: ‘One of the worst experiences of my life’

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Much has been made of the renowned 1992 United States men’s basketball team (a.k.a “The Dream Team”) that won gold at the Barcelona Olympics. But what about the significantly less celebrated second Dream Team that also took home Olympic gold in Atlanta four years later? To Charles Barkley, who was a part of both rosters, it’s absolutely no comparison.

In an interview with Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report on Tuesday, Barkley spoke critically of his time with Dream Team II.

“The first Dream Team was one of the greatest experiences of my life,” said Barkley. “The second Dream Team was one of the worst experiences of my life. [In ’92,] for a couple of months, we got along like it was the greatest thing. In ’96, guys started complaining about playing time; guys were, like, ‘Well, I should be starting,’ and I was, like, ‘Wait a minute. You all ain’t even that good compared to the team I used to be on.’

“We had a couple guys—I’m not going to throw anyone under the bus—who skipped practice because they didn’t start or weren’t getting enough practice time,” Barkley continued. “It was not a lot of fun hearing guys bitch all the time about who was starting.”

By 1996, gone were the legendary leaders from the original Dream Team such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird. In their place entered then-unproven youngsters like Shaquille O’Neal and Grant Hill as well as strong, abrasive personalities like Gary Payton and Reggie Miller.

Dream Team II still went largely unchallenged on their way to gold in Atlanta (with an average margin of victory of 33.0 points per game). But nevertheless, it just goes to show the precarious balancing act of managing superstar egos in Olympic play, as well as how special the first Dream Team, arguably the greatest collection of basketball talent ever assembled, truly was.

Jason Williams calls Charles Barkley a ‘loser’ over Kevin Durant criticism

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Former NBA point guard Jason Williams had some very strong thoughts about Charles Barkley in a recent interview.

Williams spoke to Mike Ortiz Jr. of DYST Now and was asked if he would have gone to the Golden State Warriors had he been in Kevin Durant’s shoes.

“Ah man, you can’t put me on Kevin Durant’s level first and foremost,” Williams said. “If I was Kevin Durant and that’s what I wanted to do, then that’s what I would’ve done. I wouldn’t have made a decision based on anybody else. Because it seems like he’s done that for 8 or 9 years now. You know you’ve gotta take care of yourself and make yourself happy at the end of the day. I mean all these guys, [Charles] Barkley and them talking about, oh they wouldn’t have done it, well they was never free agents back in the day — like they didn’t have the choice. Nobody wanted his ass on their team because he was a loser. So that’s what I think about that.”

Barkley, of course, had some sharp criticism for Durant, which he had to defend himself against. Funnily enough, another former NBA player with a very similar name might agree that Barkley qualifies as a loser.

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