Auburn fans will not soon get over the controversial foul call at the end of their Final Four game against Virginia on Saturday, but one person not blaming the referees is Charles Barkley.
Barkley, who is the program’s most famous alum, said on CBS’ postgame show that he agreed with the foul call.
“I want to say this: it might have been a good call. You can’t put yourself in that situation. I think it was a foul. It’s just a tough loss. It hurts, that hurt,” Barkley said.
With around 1.5 seconds left, Auburn’s Samir Doughty bumped into Kyle Guy as the Virginia guard attempted a 3-point shot that fell short. Doughty was called for a foul, which put Guy at the free throw line. He made all three shots and Virginia won.
Though some will question a referee making such an important call in such a critical situation, it’s hard to disagree about that not being a foul. Doughty made clear, indisputable contact that seemed to affect the shot.
Former Auburn star Charles Barkley was invited into the team’s locker room ahead of their Final Four game against Virginia to impart some wisdom on the team.
This is Auburn’s first Final Four in program history, a goal they failed to achieve during Barkley’s time playing there. He notes it during his speech, reminding everyone that he has never won a championship, and this year’s group has the opportunity to do what he couldn’t.
“My number’s retired at Auburn, my number’s retired in Philadelphia, my number’s retired with the Phoenix Suns. But I never won a championship. I have to live with that forever. You guys gotta chance to do that.”
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) April 6, 2019
Barkley’s lack of titles, which he’s been trolled over, is no secret. It’s interesting that he draws upon it here, but it makes his message more poignant and meaningful.
Charles Barkley is not a fan of LaVar Ball and made that clear once again.
Barkley appeared as a guest on ESPN’s “Get Up” show Wednesday morning and talked about Lonzo Ball breaking ties from Big Baller Brand, the apparel company started by Lonzo’s father, LaVar.
Barkley praised Lonzo for finally breaking free from his dad’s influence and threw a couple jabs at LaVar, calling him a “big mouth jacka–.”
“He should have been his own man from the beginning,” Barkley said of Lonzo. “You can’t let your family members piggy back off your success. This thing has been a disaster from day one. It was never going to work, and I feel bad. His big mouth, jacka– dad has put his kid in an awkward situation all year. I don’t want to see anything bad happen to the kid, but I don’t like his dad at all, and this thing has been a joke from the beginning.”
"It's this ol' big mouth, jackass dad that's put his kids in an awkward situation all year."
Charles Barkley did not hold back about LaVar Ball pic.twitter.com/Ng2yj0Cue0
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) March 27, 2019
There are some things I agree with Barkley on and some I disagree with him.
Yes, Lonzo should have been making his own choices from the beginning, but the Big Baller Brand concept has not been a disaster, and certainly wasn’t a bad idea. LaVar and his family achieved extreme awareness for their brand and also seemed to have pretty good sales. The problem is they just never had sufficient infrastructure in place for delivering merchandise, managing customers, and handling orders. That’s why they ended up with an F rating from the Better Business Bureau.
LaVar’s big mistake was overplaying his hand when Lonzo entered the league. They would have been better off cutting some sort of deal with a sneaker company to license the brand and logo, which would have allowed the difficult work to fall with the experts — the shoe companies — while still allowing for growth of their personal brand.
Charles Barkley is a Hall of Famer and widely considered to be one of the best NBA players of all time, so some might say it is far too early to compare 18-year-old Zion Williamson to him. Barkley has no problem with it, however.
Barkley was asked on Sunday about people comparing his game to Williamson’s, and he said the freshman has more explosiveness than he ever had. He also said he’s “flattered” to be compared to the Duke star.
Charles Barkley is a big fan of Zion pic.twitter.com/8EnjXXS8Sb
— SB Nation (@SBNation) March 24, 2019
Like Barkley in his prime, Williamson has incredible athletic ability for his size. The two are about the same height, but Williamson is about 30 pounds heavier than Barkley was during his playing career. That makes his leaping ability even more mind-boggling, and that’s the explosiveness Barkley is likely referring to.
In addition to the physical comparisons, Williamson also seems to have the same bulldog mentality that Barkley had. He has continued to fight back against the narrative that he should shut it down to protect his NBA future, and you can bet Barkley would have done the same.
Charles Barkley went through all the emotions during Auburn’s close win over New Mexico State during the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
Auburn blew a big lead late in the second half of their game, which led the Aggies to make it a one-possession game. One crazy moment happened when Auburn was up 78-76 in the final seconds and New Mexico State had the ball. The Tigers fouled on a 3-point shot, which gave New Mexico State three free throws down two. Barkley was livid over the foul.
Thankfully for Auburn, New Mexico State only made one of the free throws and missed a final 3-pointer to lose 78-77.
This video shows the reaction from Barkley through the suspense and the victory:
Charles Barkley after Auburn's foul vs. Charles Barkley after Auburn won pic.twitter.com/FUSORdRmUk
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 2019
Barkley is the best basketball player in Auburn history and remains a big fan of the program. His passion for his school put him through wringer emotionally.
Charles Barkley made a mockery of the Jussie Smollett situation during a segment on TNT Thursday night.
During halftime of the Los Angeles Lakers-Houston Rockets game, the TNT crew was talking about some of their more ridiculous predictions that had no chance of happening. That’s when Barkley went off-script and said “two black guys beating a black guy up,” — a reference to the Smollett matter.
Smollett, an actor, has been charged with disorderly conduct for staging a beating against him that he claimed was rooted in racism and homophobia. Barkley continued to go off on Smollett over the incident, mocking the actor for allegedly paying the two men by check, among other things. Stay for the end with the Liam Neeson joke.
Charles Barkley has some advice for America & Jussie Smollett pic.twitter.com/3JaW9FlHM9
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) February 22, 2019
That, my friends, is why Barkley makes the big bucks.
Charles Barkley is blaming Klutch Sports agent Rich Paul for botching the Anthony Davis trade situation.
Paul issued a public statement a week and a half before the trade deadline in which he said Davis would not sign a long-term contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans and therefore wanted a trade. It became pretty evident that Paul was trying to get Davis traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, but that didn’t happen. The Pelicans toyed with the Lakers and even tried to sabotage them.
Barkley spoke with other media members from Charlotte on Thursday and addressed the Davis matter. Beware as he uses some foul language when saying how much the situation was screwed up.
Charles Barkley on Anthony Davis: “Don’t ruin your reputation as 1 of the nicest guys in the world. Your agent works for you; you don’t work for him. They handled the situation wrong and it’s going to bite him in the a—… Workers ain’t never gonna have power over ownership.” pic.twitter.com/j5AAlYLCkI
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 14, 2019
He’s right. It’s bad for the league when star players try to force a trade in that manner a year and a half before they are set to become a free agent, especially when an effort was so clearly orchestrated by a few star players behind the scenes. They should have just waited until after the season to handle things rather than try to force New Orleans’ hand partway through the season.
This isn’t the first time Barkley has spoken negatively about Davis’ demand; he previously said the league should intervene to block a trade to the Lakers.
- Charles Barkley