Charles Barkley was on another level with his pregame commentary before Game 1 of the Los Angeles Lakers-Portland Trail Blazers playoff series on Tuesday, and we don’t necessarily mean that in a good way.
Barkley butchered two Lakers players names. He called Kyle Kuzma “Karl,” and then hilariously downplayed it.
As if that weren’t enough, Barkley also called Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (aka “KCP”) “CP3,” which is actually Chris Paul’s nickname.
Look, we don’t want to say that Barkley was maybe drinking something before the show, but between these name mix-ups and him saying Portland will win the series, there is a good reason to question his sanity. We jest when we say he may have been drinking, but it wouldn’t be the first time Barkley showed up for work drunk.
Charles Barkley is known for bringing the jokes on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” show, and Thursday night was no exception.
Barkley cracked a funny line about LeBron James, saying he takes his clothes off more than strippers do.
Not only was James showing some skin in that clip played by TNT, but the Los Angeles Lakers star also had an open shirt look around the NBA’s campus in Orlando that Dwyane Wade trolled him over.
Barkley may have been poking fun at LeBron, but let’s not forget that Chuck has been known to take his shirt off on the show from time-to-time.
James’ Lakers have clinched the top spot in the Western Conference and are awaiting the winner of the Grizzlies-Blazers play-in to see who will be their opponent in the first round of the playoffs.
Barstool Sports made its biggest hiring splash in company history this week when it was announced that Deion Sanders is joining the media powerhouse, and founder Dave Portnoy is aiming even higher going forward.
TMZ caught up with Portnoy to discuss the Sanders hire, and Portnoy was asked if he had any other big media personalities in mind that he wants to work with at Barstool. He mentioned Charles Barkley without giving it much thought.
“Charles Barkley is, like, the best ever to do it,” Portnoy said. “He’s a guy who — one of the few — he just slings it on TNT and does a great job. That’s the guy that comes to the top of my list.”
Portnoy also said Barstool found out through their connections that Sanders was a bit unhappy at NFL Network, which is how the opportunity arose.
“He couldn’t shoot from the hip. Deion couldn’t be Deion,” Portnoy said. “As he said, he had 20 seconds to get his point across and had to be (politically correct), so he was looking for a place where he could sling it. We got introduced to him, kind of hit it off, and the rest is history.”
Sanders should be a great fit with Barstool, though it should be noted that not all of their splashy hires have worked out. Former NFL punter Pat McAfee joined Barstool Sports when he retired from playing, but he left the company after the partnership went south. Barstool’s decision to hire actor Michael Rapoport turned out to be a disaster.
Barkley is a staple of one of the most popular shows in sports with TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” so we doubt he has plans to leave. The way he gets into it constantly with people would probably make him perfect for Barstool, though.
Charles Barkley has taken numerous shots at Draymond Green over the years, and it appears the Golden State Warriors star is programmed to expect them.
Green served as a guest analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” Friday night, and at one point Barkley was talking about players who aren’t great shooters and how they make it easier on defenses. He was specifically referring to Marcus Smart and the Boston Celtics, but Green took it personally and asked if Barkley was “throwing shots.”
It’s possible Green was messing with Barkley and Chuck was caught off-guard, though Draymond didn’t really seem like he was joking. Perhaps it was payback for all the grief Barkley has given him.
Barkley has roasted Green multiple times already this year, the most recent of which was particularly harsh. You can’t blame Green for having the gloves up at all times when he’s in the same room as Sir Charles.
Several prominent members of the NBA community have pushed back against the idea that the 2019-20 season should be canceled, and Charles Barkley is one of the latest.
Barkley said during an appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up!” on Monday that it would be a “catastrophic mistake” for the NBA to not resume the season. If players want to join the Black Lives Matter movement and serve as an inspiration, Barkley feels their best way of accomplishing that is by getting back on the court.
“I think it would be stupid not to play for two reasons. Number one, if they don’t play they’re gonna be out of sight, out of mind for the rest of the year,” Barkley said. “LeBron
(James) is probably the most famous athlete in the United States. He won’t be visible anywhere.
“Also, these guys got to realize this money’s gonna come back, and they’re gonna lose billions of dollars that the players could use and go into their own communities and do some great stuff. It’s not good on any front. I have no idea what Kyrie (Irving) and Dwight (Howard) are talking about, but it’d be a catastrophic mistake not to play.”
Stephen A. Smith made similar remarks on the same program earlier in the day when he criticized Irving and Howard for trying to convince people that the season should not resume. While he has not said it publicly, LeBron reportedly believes he can make a positive impact with the social justice movement while playing basketball.
Irving organized a conference call for players on Friday night to discuss some concerns. Howard has said he thinks playing basketball would be a “distraction” at the moment, though he has not made a decision about playing. Despite all that, it does not sound like the resumption of the NBA season is in jeopardy.
It’s fair to say Charles Barkley is extremely confident that we’ll see NBA basketball again before too long.
In an appearance on “The Paul Finebaum Show” Monday, Barkley predicted that every sport currently on pause will resume — and he expects to see movement on the NBA front within the next week.
“We’re gonna make a decision in the next week,” Barkley said, via Robbie Weinstein of 247Sports. “I’m 100 percent sure we’re going to play. I know my friends in Major League Baseball are going to play. I know that the (NHL) is going to play. … I do know this, talking to my bosses at Turner: We’re going to play basketball. It is gonna be in Florida and Vegas, or just Florida.”
Barkley citing his bosses is something. Turner is probably in the loop regarding what’s going on in talks, as they are a broadcast partner. Maybe Barkley is engaging in some informed speculation here.
The league has reportedly opened discussions about playing the rest of their games in Florida. That’s a start, and a lot has to be worked out, but it definitely seems there’s growing optimism that we’ll have the NBA back within a month or two.
There was plenty of friendly trash talk exchanged during “The Match” on Sunday, but the best of it did not come from the golfers. Believe it or not, Justin Thomas may have taken that honor.
Thomas joined the TNT broadcast as a special guest analyst for the charity match that pitted Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. Charles Barkley was also part of the production, and Thomas and Barkley had a hilarious exchange at one point when Chuck said he wasn’t impressed by a beautiful bunker shot from Woods.
“I don’t know what y’all are so excited about,” Barkley said of the shot. “He’s a golf pro. You don’t see me get excited when a guy dunks a ball.”
Thomas, who of course is also a pro golfer, couldn’t let it slide. He fired back at Barkley by telling Sir Charles he would “love to see your fat a– try to dunk a ball right now.”
We originally thought Manning might win the award for best smack talker with the way he heckled Brady on the driving range, but Thomas came out of nowhere when he roasted Barkley. We didn’t know J.T. had that in him.
Charles Barkley is an incredibly entertaining on-air personality and excellent storyteller. He was at it again during a recent podcast interview.
Barkley was a guest on Zach Lowe’s ESPN podcast during the week and told the great story about how he played drunk one game for the Philadelphia 76ers after a trade to the Lakers fell through in 1992. Barkley thought the deal was going to happen and began drinking to celebrate. He was left in a bad spot after being informed the trade wasn’t happening.
“My agent calls me one morning and he says ‘hey, you’re going to get traded to the Lakers today. And me and my friends, we go out and celebrate and get drunk around noon. … He calls me later and says ‘hey you’ve been traded to the Lakers, they’re going to finalize the deal and I’ll get back to you,'” Barkley recalled to Lowe.
“I’m on cloud nine, he calls me back three hours later, it’s like 3:30 now, he says ‘the Sixers backed out of the deal.’ And I’m drunk as [bleeped] and we got a game that night, and I’m like ‘what? What are you talking about?’ And he’s like ‘the Sixers were scared to pull the trigger.’ So I’m like ‘you’re kidding me, dude we got a game tonight and I’ve been drinking since noon.’ The one thing that’s funny, I don’t even know how I played that night. I think I might have played so bad because I was so angry the Sixers didn’t pull the trigger, and then it’s just suffering the next two or three years.”
Silver Screen and Roll transcribed the quote and actually did some digging. They suspect the game described by Barkley was a 15-point loss to the Nets on February 12, 1992 in which the Round Mound of Rebound had just six points and a triple-single.
Chuck was traded to Phoenix after the 1991-1992 season and had four prime seasons with the Suns, even winning NBA MVP in his first year with them, much to Michael Jordan’s annoyance. That day of partying must not have been easy though, and is a reminder: only start celebrating once you have officially been traded.
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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.
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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.