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Charles Barkley was embarrassingly wrong with Warriors prediction

Charles Barkley

The best part about a bold prediction is getting the credit for making a daring call when you’re right. The worst part is having it recorded on video and the internet playing it over and over and over again to mock you when you’re wrong. Charles Barkley could tell you about both experiences.

Barkley could not have been more wrong with his Golden State Warriors prediction this postseason.

After Kevin Durant suffered his calf injury in Game 5 of the Warriors’ Western Conference semifinals series against Houston, Chuck said Golden State was going down. He said Durant was the reason for their dynasty and that they not only would not beat the Rockets without him, but they also wouldn’t beat either Portland or Denver.

Fast forward two weeks and the Warriors went 5-0 without Durant, or 6-0 if you count the Game 5 win over the Rockets when KD got hurt. By sweeping Portland they’ve earned themselves extra rest before the NBA Finals begin on May 30.

The Warriors have been so good since Durant got hurt that it’s prompted debates from people wondering whether they’re better without him. The answer to that question is no, they’re not a better team, though Durant’s absence gives other players more of an opportunity to shine, and they’re taking advantage of it, which makes it look like some players are better without him.

Chuck did predict Virginia would win the NCAA Tournament, so we will give him credit for that bold call at the same time that we criticize him for this one. At least he’s 1-for-2 on postseason predictions so far.

Charles Barkley donates $45,000 to Malcolm Brogdon’s charity mid-interview

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley can come off as a goof and clown at times during TNT’s coverage of the NBA, but he’s also a charitable and caring human being as well. He showed that on Friday night.

Malcolm Brogdon joined TNT’s crew for an interview after his Milwaukee Bucks beat the Toronto Raptors 125-103 during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. Towards the end of the interview, Brogdon was asked about his charity, which involves bringing clean water to Africa.

While Brogdon was discussing the charity, Barkley asked how much it cost to put in a well. When told it was $45,000, Barkley pledged the money on the spot.

Brogdon’s charity is called Hoops2o, and it’s a nonprofit that was created as part of Chris Long’s Waterboys charity.

That was an awesome gesture by Barkley. We just hope they make it clear it’s the “Charles Barkley Well” and maybe put a photo up of him next to it, like this one.

Charles Barkley tells Joel Embiid to kiss his a– over criticism

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Charles Barkley has never been one to back down from criticism of a player, and he’s not about to now.

Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal have been crushing Joel Embiid on TNT throughout the Philadelphia 76ers’ Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Toronto Raptors for performing poorly while ill. They criticized him after Philly’s Game 4 loss and then again after Game 5 of the series.

Embiid addressed the criticism before Game 7 of the series on Sunday, dismissing Barkley’s opinion.

“Charles, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about sometimes,” Embiid said. “He just be saying whatever he wants to.”

Barkley heard the comments and responded before Game 7. Telling Embiid and other players upset with his criticism to kiss his a– led Shaq to lose it.

Embiid didn’t mean his comments maliciously towards Barkley. He did what’s best for him ahead of a game, which is to dismiss it rather than let it get in his head. But Barkley’s attitude about matters is perfect. He’s fair — calling people out when he feels it’s deserved and praising them otherwise.

Watch: Shaq still seems ticked off at Charles Barkley

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Either Shaq is a heck of an actor, or the big man is still ticked off at Charles Barkley.

During TNT’s “Inside the NBA” postgame show following Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, Barkley went long when doing some analysis, using up most of the time that was allotted for Shaq. Shaq was visibly upset and on the brink of blowing up over Barkley being a ballhog.

Take a look:

A day later, Shaq still looked like he wasn’t happy with Chuck. Here’s how the segment went on Wednesday before the Denver Nuggets-Portland Trail Blazers playoff game.

The way Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith handled that whole thing was superb. This sort of thing is exactly what makes this the best show on TV, and it’s not the first time the two have gotten into it.

Charles Barkley does not think much of the East’s first round games

Charles Barkley

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.

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.

Joel Embiid responds to Charles Barkley’s conditioning recommendation

Joel Embiid

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.

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.

Charles Barkley makes frightening promise for if Pistons come back to beat Bucks

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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.

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 wears funny Michael Malone T-shirt

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.

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.

Why Jamal Murray is wearing a Charles Barkley T-shirt

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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.

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You have to appreciate Murray’s sense of humor and quick-thinking in wearing that shirt.

LeBron James may take Charles Barkley up on analyst offer

LeBron James

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.

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.