Charles Barkley has never been one to mince words if he thinks the quality of the NBA isn’t up to standard, and in his mind, it very much wasn’t on Tuesday.
The Philadelphia 76ers opened up a 60-31 lead over the Brooklyn Nets in the first half of Game 5 of their series, while the Toronto Raptors comfortably dispatched the Orlando Magic in a game that they led by 36 points at one point in the fourth quarter. In other words, neither of Tuesday’s Eastern Conference playoff games were remotely competitive, and Barkley was not afraid to say so at halftime of the Philadelphia blowout.
Barkley on Sixers-Nets and Raptors-Magic: “If you’re watching these games, you have no life.” #NBAPlayoffs
— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) April 24, 2019
The NBA and TNT executives would probably prefer it if Barkley tried to give viewers a reason to stay tuned in, but competitive basketball was never going to be it. Besides, his honesty is one of the reasons he’s worth watching, and he’s said things like this before and probably will again.
Charles Barkley recently had some advice for Joel Embiid that he believes will help the Philadelphia 76ers big man get into better shape, but it does not sound like Embiid is going to follow it.
Embiid has a lengthy injury history, and that can make it difficult to stay in peak condition. Barkley suggested that he try taking up swimming as a way to keep his conditioning in the right place without putting too much strain on his body, but Embiid has a good reason for why that is not an option.
Joel Embiid on Charles Barkley’s suggestion he take up swimming as a low impact way to keep his conditioning up: “I’m scared of water. I don’t know how to swim”
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 22, 2019
Embiid obviously knows what works best for his body, even if we have seen him do some questionable things while being worked on by the Sixers’ training staff. While swimming is a great way to stay in shape, it’s a tough activity if you’re afraid of water.
The Detroit Pistons have given no indication that they are going to put up a fight against the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the NBA playoffs, and most people are confident that is not going to change. But if the Pistons somehow pull off the impossible, we’re all going to see more of Charles Barkley than we ever wanted to see.
After the Bucks dominated Detroit again on Saturday night to take a 3-0 series lead, Barkley said he will perform his duties for TNT “butt a—- naked” if the Pistons come back to win the series.
Charles Barkley will get "butt ass naked" if the Detroit Pistons come back to win series against the Bucks. pic.twitter.com/0ot8gqMnDW
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 22, 2019
If Chuck ends up having to show off his tremendous body, the women of San Antonio may have something to come back at him about. Fortunately, there is virtually no change the Pistons are going to come back in the series. They have looked completely overmatched, and it’s unlikely that will change for four games.
- Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley made a wardrobe change on Thursday that resulted in him putting on a funny T-shirt featuring the likeness of Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone.
When the “NBA on TNT” broadcast started, Barkley had on a shirt, tie, and jacket as he usually does. During the halftime show of the game between the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, Barkley had put on a T-shirt over his outfit. The shirt contained the words “Coach Malone.” Above them was a picture of the Nuggets head coach with his hair in a bun on top of his head, making him look like musician Post Malone.
— Scott David (@SCOBOY1) April 19, 2019
This wasn’t the only story involving Barkley and a T-shirt on Thursday. A member of the Nuggets arrived to the arena prior to the team’s game against the San Antonio Spurs wearing a shirt with Barkley’s face on it. This seemed to be Chuck’s T-shirt response.
Now we’ll have to see what happens next in the T-shirt showdown.
Jamal Murray showed up to the AT&T Center in San Antonio for Game 3 of the Denver Nuggets’ first round playoff series against the Spurs wearing a Charles Barkley T-shirt, and there is a very good reason for that.
After the Nuggets’ Game 2 win over the Spurs, Murray wore a T-shirt that featured his face on it. The shirt, made by Homage, displays a mock NBA Jam screen that shows Murray and Nikola Jokic as teammates in the video game.
Barkley saw the shirt and commented on it during TNT’s postgame show, saying that was poor form by Murray because you can’t wear a shirt with your face on it.
So how did Murray respond? Never one to shy from a confrontation, he wore a T-shirt with Barkley’s face on it.
Chuck said Jamal Murray "can't wear his own picture" so today he showed up wearing HIS picture pic.twitter.com/hEePU3NrJj
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) April 18, 2019
You have to appreciate Murray’s sense of humor and quick-thinking in wearing that shirt.
LeBron James as a TNT playoff analyst? It could happen.
After Charles Barkley made a public plea for James to join the rest of the “Inside the NBA” crew for the playoffs, James issued a response on Twitter, and he sounds quite open to it.
Sir Charles, I actually do have a ton going on but I may take you up on your offer. We shall see. #KingInStudio
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 15, 2019
James is a busy man, and if he wants to do it, TNT would have to work something out with his people. They’d probably do it, though, since James doing any type of TV work for the playoffs would be a huge draw for the network and would attract a lot of hype. This probably bears watching.
Charles Barkley made his plea on Sunday night for LeBron James to join the TNT crew as a studio analyst during the playoffs, and he did so in a way that only he can.
Appealing to James after the Houston Rockets’ Game 1 win over the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday night, Barkley said James should join them because he doesn’t have anything to do with the Los Angeles Lakers eliminated from the postseason.
— 69 (@ftbeard_17) April 15, 2019
Of course Barkley joked about LeBron needing to hire a coach and GM for the Lakers, which was a reference to James’ power within the organization.
Surprisingly, Rob Pelinka is running the team’s coaching search, which means James should have even more free time. He’ll probably be spending it working on his movie career. He should drop into TNT for a show or two and give the fans a thrill.