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Charles Barkley: Michael Jordan was selective about who he bullied

Charles Barkley

Michael Jordan’s treatment of his teammates came into focus over the weekend after the airing of the latest episodes of “The Last Dance.” Jordan knew that the documentary would make him look bad in this regard, and to some extent, he was right. Some feel Jordan’s treatment of his teammates was unnecessarily harsh, while others believe it was the price of winning.

Charles Barkley believes that results aside, Jordan was selective about whom he picked on. The answer came in response to a question about how Barkley would have felt being Jordan’s teammate.

“You know he has selective prosecution over there, right? He knows who to pick on,” Barkley said during an interview with Dan Le Batard Monday. “Michael is awesome, but there’s certain guys you can’t treat like that. You have to know what guys you can treat badly and they’re gonna accept it. Screaming at guys all the time and punching guys? Come on, man. there’s certain guys that would whoop the hell out of you if you tried doing that. He has selective prosecution. I mean, Scott Burrell and Steve Kerr. I mean, come on, man.”

This is definitely another way of looking at things. Maybe Jordan did pick on guys he knew he could. But maybe Jordan’s argument would be that he picked on the guys he knew needed to be picked on in order to toughen them up for competition.

You can’t argue with Jordan’s results — the six championships say it all. But some of the stories about the way MJ treated his teammates really are ugly.

H/T CBS Sports

Charles Barkley explains what bothers him most about rift with Michael Jordan

Charles Barkley

The relationship between Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan has been fractured for several years, and Barkley does not see that changing anytime soon.

The latest episodes of ESPN’s documentary series “The Last Dance” served as a reminder that Barkley and Jordan once had a close friendship. Things soured years ago when Barkley criticized Jordan for the way he was running the then-Charlotte Bobcats. Barkley and Jordan have basically been estranged since, and Chuck said on ESPN 100’s “Waddle & Silvy Show” Tuesday that he’s still bothered by his rift with MJ.

“The guy was like a brother to me for, shoot, 20-something years,” Barkley said, as transcribed by ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “At least 20-something years. And I do, I feel sadness. But to me he’s still the greatest basketball player ever. I wish him nothing but the best. But, there’s nothing I can do about it, brother.”

Barkley indicated that he has no plans to reach out to Jordan, though he says MJ has his number and “can call me” anytime. Barkley said what bothers him most about the situation is that he was just trying to be honest with Jordan like he always has.

“The thing that bothered me the most about that whole thing, I don’t think that I said anything that bad,” Barkley said. “I’m pretty sure I said, ‘As much as I love Michael, until he stops hiring them kiss-a–es, and his best friends, he’s never going to be successful as a general manager.’ And I remember pretty much verbatim I said that. And the thing that really pissed me off about it later is Phil Jackson said the exact same thing.”

Barkley has never felt the need to apologize to Jordan, which may be one of the reasons MJ is not interested in smoothing things over. Barkley has enthusiastically sided with Jordan in the LeBron vs. MJ debate, but that apparently is not enough to win back his former friend.

The Hornets (formerly the Bobcats) have reached the postseason just three times and never won a playoff series since Jordan joined their ownership group in 2006. As an analyst, Barkley’s job is to give honest opinions about the NBA. Jordan clearly feels Barkley should have put friendship first, and he has not gotten over the remarks nearly a decade later.

Charles Barkley rips Draymond Green again ‘worst member of the boy band’

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley had some more funny comments for Draymond Green.

Barkley was on “Coffee With Cal” with Kentucky coach John Calipari and was asked about his ongoing beef with Green. The TNT analyst has been going back-and-forth with the Golden State Warriors forward for a while as they trade barbs.

In February, Barkley roasted Green for putting up a triple-single in his stats. Green has responded recently by saying he has a bigger impact on the game than Barkley.

That led Barkley to call Green the “worst member of the boy band.”

“He’s the worst member of the boy band who doesn’t realize he’s standing next to Justin Timberlake,” Barkley said. “When the girls are throwing panties at his head, he’s going to get hit by some drive-by panties, but they’re really throwing panties at Justin Timberlake.”

Barkley is saying that Green has ridden the coattails of his much superior teammates like Klay Thompson and Steph Curry.

Green definitely would not receive the notoriety he has without playing for the loaded Warriors, but he is a good player regardless. Barkley knows that, but he enjoys teasing Green anyway.

H/T CBS Sports

Charles Barkley reveals he tested negative for coronavirus

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley went into self-quarantine over a week ago after he began feeling ill and was unsure if he had contracted the coronavirus. Fortunately, his test results revealed good news.

Barkley issued a statement on Monday revealing that he received the results of his COVID-19 test and they were negative.

Barkley did not say whether or not he is feeling better or if he has been diagnosed with another illness, but it is certainly good news that he did not contract the coronavirus. He said previously that he was also tested for the flu.

Several members of the NBA community have tested positive for COVID-19, so we’re glad Barkley didn’t add to the total

Charles Barkley on quarantine, took test for coronavirus

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley says that he has self-quarantined and is awaiting results of his test for coronavirus.

The NBA on TNT held a special edition of the program Thursday considering that the league is currently on suspension. Barkley was not in his usual spot on the set of the show. Instead, he was interviewed by telephone and shared that he was feeling ill upon returning to Atlanta from New York. Doctors recommended he self-quarantine for 48 hours. Barkley says he is on his second day of the quarantine and took a test for coronavirus Thursday. He says he is awaiting results of that test.

We hope that Sir Charles begins to feel better and that he doesn’t have the illness. He says he was also tested for the flu.

This happening to Chuck is another sobering reminder about the necessity to be careful during these times. The importance of containing the pandemic is paramount.

Charles Barkley calls for NCAA to cancel or postpone March Madness

Charles Barkley

The NBA has decided to put its season on hold after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for Coronavirus on Wednesday, and Charles Barkley feels the NCAA needs to do the same.

While the NCAA has already announced that games in the NCAA Tournament will be held in arenas without fans, Barkley does not believe that is enough. Barkley said on ESPN’s “Get Up!” Thursday morning that the NCAA needs to call off March Madness until everyone has a better understanding of how widespread Coronavirus has become.

“These kids are sweating, breathing, leaning on each other,” Barkley said. “That’s crazy.”

Not having fans at the games will obviously help limit the exposure and spread of the virus, but — to Barkley’s point — it does not protect everyone. All it takes is one player in the tournament to somehow become infected with Coronavirus, and we have already seen how quickly the virus can spread.

Barkley works for Turner Sports and is a huge part of their NCAA Tournament coverage, which is part of what makes his take on the situation noteworthy. Multiple NBA teams have now been quarantined because of Gobert’s positive test. Should a college player test positive, the NCAA may have no choice but to cancel or postpone the tournament.

Charles Barkley calls Draymond Green ‘the least famous person in the boy band’

Charles Barkley

As long as Draymond Green continues to respond, Charles Barkley is never going to stop messing with the Golden State Warriors star.

Barkley has been critical of Green for quite some time now, and Green responded last week to some of the latest negative commentary Barkley made about him. Green told reporters Barkley should “stop before I take his job” and ridiculed the Hall of Famer for never winning a championship.

“If he keeps talking, I’ll take it soon,” Green said, via ESPNs Nick Friedell. “Sooner than he thinks. Still, he probably should be quiet. He also can’t talk basketball with me, either. Not smart enough, not qualified — no rings can’t sit at this table.”

Barkley let that marinate for a few days, but he finally issued a response on Tuesday. The TNT analyst did not disappoint, telling “The Dan Patrick Show” that he views Green like a member of a boy band who doesn’t understand he isn’t the star of the show.

“I like Draymond. He’s a good player, but you know what he is? He’s like the guy in the boy band who’s the least important member, and he thinks the crowd is cheering for him,” Barkley said. “He doesn’t realize he’s standing next to Justin Timberlake. He’s the least famous person in the boy band and he thinks he’s a star.”

As for the prospect of Green taking Barkley’s job, Chuck said Draymond doesn’t have the face for it.

“First of all, he don’t have a face for TV,” Barkley joked. “He’s got a face for radio, and he’s not gonna get my TV gig.”

On a more serious note, Barkley said he is perfectly content with his own career and would not trade it for Draymond’s — even if it meant winning multiple NBA titles. Very few would argue that Green is anywhere near as good of a player as Barkley was, though plenty of people measure success strictly using championship hardware.

The war of words between Green and Barkley is one of the most entertaining in sports. Barkley said a few years ago that he wished someone would punch Green because Draymond complains to officials so much, and Chuck has roasted Green about his stats multiple times. The two appeared to settle their beef on live TV at one point, but they simply can’t resist taking shots at one another.

Video: Charles Barkley roasts Draymond Green for ‘triple-single’

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley roasted Draymond Green with a great line on Thursday night.

Green was ejected during the second quarter of his Golden State Warriors’ home game against the Los Angeles Lakers after picking up his second technical foul of the contest.

Barkley roasted Green at halftime of the game on TNT, mocking him for getting another “triple-single.”

True enough, Green had just 2 points, 1 rebound and 4 assists — a triple-single. Green is averaging 8.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game this season, which, yes, is a triple-single. Unlike the alluring triple-double where a player records double-figures in the three stat categories (points, rebounds, assists), the triple-single only requires one figure in each category, and is achieved by pretty much every player in the league.

Barkley and Green have had beef for a few years, going back to when Barkley wanted someone to punch Green for whining so much about the officials. Chuck actually used the “triple-single” line on Draymond last month too.

Charles Barkley defends John Beilein, calls out Cavaliers players

Charles Barkley

John Beilein’s tenure as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers did not go well, and Charles Barkley believes a big part of that is due to the team’s players.

Barkley spoke on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” Thursday night, which was the first day of games since the All-Star break. Barkley said the Cavs players tried to get Beilein fired. He equally blamed the veterans for not being good leaders, and the young players for thinking they were too good to do what Beilein was asking of them.

“I want to call out the Cleveland Cavaliers. I thought what they did to Coach Beilein was ridiculous, unprofessional,” Barkley said on TNT. “I think the veterans on that team were not leaders. I think the young guys who can’t play think they’re better than they are and they tried to get that man fired.”

Beilein was unable to connect with his players or get them to buy in. The complaints from players had to do with practicing too hard, watching too much film, and Beilein trying to implement a college culture.

The blame for the issues probably falls on both parties. The players — and especially the veterans — maybe could have made a better effort to give Beilein a chance. And Beilein maybe could have worked harder to build trust first before implementing his complete culture.

Charles Barkley takes funny shot at Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley is having some fun with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid at the NBA All-Star Game.

The relationship between Simmons and Embiid has been scrutinized this season, with growing questions over whether the pair are a good long-term fit together. Barkley leaned into that on TNT’s All-Star pregame show when the two players, playing for separate teams in Sunday night’s game, were shown on screen together. Barkley joked that the two players operating against each other is nothing new.

Barkley hasn’t been shy in talking about these two before. Between Simmons’ hesitance to shoot jumpers and questions about Embiid’s health, the dynamic duo hasn’t quite turned out how the Sixers probably hoped it would. The questions about whether they’re a fit will continue, especially given some recent public comments. For now, though, Barkley is entitled to have his fun.