Charles Barkley and Tiger Woods were friends many years ago, but they stopped speaking to one another right around the time Tiger’s sex scandal erupted in 2009. However, that isn’t stopping Barkley from standing up for his former buddy.
With speculation swirling that Woods may have a drug problem after he was arrested for driving while under the influence, Barkley told 97.5 The Fanatic that people need to stop jumping to conclusions.
“Even Jack Nicklaus, somebody I really respect, said, ‘Well, Tiger needs help.’ He don’t know that,” Barkley said, via an audio clip shared by TMZ. “We don’t know if Tiger has a drug problem. Stephen A. said he’s a lost soul. We don’t know that. He just had a bad reaction. He wasn’t out there drinking and driving.”
Barkley also said he believes Tiger is the greatest golfer of all-time even if he never makes it back.
“He’s struggling physically, but if he never touches a golf club again he’s the greatest golfer who ever lived,” he said. “All the haters are in heaven right now, because they get a chance to dump on the guy. That’s what they’ve always been thinking. Now they have a chance to voice their opinion.”
Barkley made a lot of interesting remarks about his former friendship with Woods back in 2014, so it’s somewhat surprising to see him coming to Tiger’s defense. He’s right that we don’t know whether or not Tiger has a drug problem, and that is a pretty serious accusation to throw around. But no matter how you look at it, the video of Tiger’s DUI arrest was disturbing. Nicklaus probably knows him a lot better than Barkley, so that could tell you something.
Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal are no strangers to giving each other a hard time on the air, but Shaq is now taking the friendly rivalry to social media.
On Thursday, Shaq shared a photo on Facebook that showed him in the process of blocking one of Barkley’s shots back when the two played against one another.
“Back when I used to DOMINATE on bum a– Chuck #throwbackthursdays,” O’Neal wrote.
The latest spat between Shaq and Chuck began on Tuesday night. O’Neal became annoyed with Barkley for interrupting him after Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and the “Inside the NBA” co-hosts immediately took things personal with their trash talk (video here).
This is all just another reminder of how TNT has found the perfect crew for its pre- and post-game coverage.
Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal often throw jabs at one another on TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” and they got personal with it once again on Tuesday night.
After the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Shaq became irritated that Chuck interrupted him when he was talking. He went straight for the jugular, and Barkley responded exactly how you’d expect him to.
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“You have no idea what we’re talking about because you’ve only been to the Finals once,” O’Neal said.
“If I had been riding on Kobe’s coat tails, Dwyane Wade’s and Alonzo Morning, too — I forgot about him,” Barkley fired back. “Derek Fisher…”
“People question why you’re in the Hall of Fame anyway,” Shaq said with a laugh. “Bum.”
That may have seemed harsh, but that’s just how Shaq and Chuck operate. It’s one of the main reasons “Inside the NBA” is one of the best things in sports. And, hey, none of that was even close to as aggressive as the time Barkley cracked a joke about O’Neal having so many kids. Never change, guys.
Charles Barkley will forever be associated with Texas churros, and we were reminded of that yet again on Sunday when he opened a surprise package he received in the mail from San Antonio.
The contents? Churros, of course.
The box of churros was shipped by the San Antonio Express-News. The “Inside the NBA” crew got quite the kick out of it, and Barkley and Ernie Johnson were brave enough to try some of the likely stale desserts.
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Barkley has been mocking the women of San Antonio for years, and he once infamously imitated the way he believes they chow down on churros. One of the funnier parts about Sunday’s installment of The Churro Diaries is that Chuck gave a shout-out to Mike Monroe, who retired from the Express-News over a year ago after 47 years in the industry.
@mikecwright Feeling the love from everyone, especially Chuck and Ernie; somebody let 'em know I was (ahem) "retired" at EN but still going strong at 112
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Last week, Barkley said he wanted to “apologize” (he didn’t really) to the women of San Antonio after he had a churro for the first time.
“I see what all the excitement is about! I had churros last night,” he said. “Them damn things good, Ernie. Them churros good. I see why they got all them big ol’ women down in San Antonio. Man, them churros are the bomb!”
This isn’t the first time Barkley has received churros as a gift, as Tim Duncan’s girlfriend sent him some a couple years back. The joke is certainly getting some mileage.
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Draymond Green does not want to be compared to past players, particularly Charles Barkley.
The Golden State Warriors forward was asked Sunday if he saw himself as a modern-day Barkley, and he was not having the comparison.
“Hell no,” Green said, via Chris Haynes of ESPN. “I’m the modern-day Draymond Green. F— no.”
Green and Barkley are both tenacious, trash-talking players who overcame a lack of size to be excellent scorers and rebounders, but Green didn’t take much from Barkley’s demeanor.
“[Chuck] told y’all in ’90-what that he wasn’t your kid’s role model anyway…So there you have it,” Green said. “He wasn’t my role model. I grew up in Saginaw, Michigan…that’s what you do, you talk, you talk junk during basketball. That’s how I was raised. I was raised in a family like that so I didn’t need a Charles Barkley to influence me.
“I was raised by Mary Babers. In the Babers family, that’s what you do. You speak your mind. It ain’t got nothing to do with Chuck. I wasn’t a Charles Barkley fan growing up. No disrespect to Chuck. He’s a great player, but as I got older, I watched his game because I knew he was undersized and the things that he could do, I tried to add some of that stuff to my game. But nah, he didn’t influence me at all.”
Green has been quite critical of Barkley in the past, but it’s clear he wants to be his own man. That comparison did not sit well with him.
Charles Barkley used the first part of “Inside the NBA” on TNT Tuesday to address a matter for which he believes he was unfairly criticized.
TNT on Sunday focused on the difficult matter of Isaiah Thomas playing in the playoffs a day after his younger sister died in a car accident. They showed footage of him crying before the game, which conveyed his emotional experience prior to what would be a big game for his Boston Celtics.
Barkley analyzed the footage and said he was not comfortable watching Thomas cry so close to playing in a playoff game and expressed his belief that the video was an indication that Thomas was not ready to play in the game. It was an opinion that seemed to be proven incorrect as Thomas scored 33 points in the loss, but it was Barkley’s opinion nonetheless.
Opening up Tuesday’s show, Barkley talked about those who criticized him for his comments about Thomas.
“I want to address something that really bothered me,” said Barkley. “I heard that all these nitwit fools idiots were complaining about what I said about Isaiah Thomas the other night making me uncomfortable.
“What I was saying is I’m uncomfortable talking about his pain and then going to basketball. For all you nitwit scumbags idiots punks to try to make that a story because you all don’t have ratings and use my name to draw ratings, don’t do that. If you don’t have any talent, just accept that you don’t have any talent. Let me be me.
“I talked to Isaiah. He didn’t take any offense to that. I was talking about that I wish him and his family nothing but the best.”
Barkley’s actual words on Sunday may not have conveyed his intended point. Using phrases such as “not a good look” makes it seem like you’re criticizing Thomas for crying. Perhaps in this case Chuck simply didn’t express his feelings accurately on Sunday, which led to the backlash. He was much more clear on Tuesday when expressing his message.
Charles Barkley fires back at people saying he "crossed the line" by saying he felt uncomfortable about Isaiah Thomas playing on Sunday pic.twitter.com/p2hNPDyu7y
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The Atlanta Hawks trolled Charles Barkley during the week after the NBA regular season came to a close, and now Barkley has responded.
During “Inside the NBA” on Sunday prior to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoff series between the Hawks and Wizards, Barkley got his chance to respond to Atlanta.
“I saw that the Atlanta Hawks called me out,” said Barkley on TNT. “So listen, I was wrong. But give me credit – on the other end I said the Washington Wizards would be the surprise team in the Eastern Conference.”
Wow, Barkley actually reacting well to a call-out? You don’t say. Well Barkley was done playing nice.
“Hawks: I was wrong. But [the Washington Wizards] are going to beat you like dogs! The Washington Wizards are going to the Eastern Conference Finals.”
And there was the rub. Yes, Barkley was able to admit he was wrong about saying the Hawks wouldn’t make the playoffs, but then he got a shot in on the Hawks by saying they would get clobbered by the Wizards.
We’ll be on the lookout for a response from the Hawks. Here is what they originally said to troll Chuck.
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