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Charles Barkley shares why he ranks Michael Jordan over LeBron James

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley has long said that Michael Jordan is hands-down the greatest NBA player of all time, and he reiterated in an interview this week that there is nothing LeBron James can do to change his mind.

Barkley was once again asked to compare Jordan and James during a recent appearance on HBO’s “Back on the Record” with Bob Costas. He said LeBron is “amazing” and praised him for his work both on the court and in the community, but he does not feel his accomplishments will ever quite stack up to Jordan’s.

“The reason I put Michael up there above those other guys — LeBron has stacked his teams, let’s be realistic,” Barkley said. “What Giannis (Antetokounmpo) and Dirk Nowitzki and guys like that have done, to go through the grind and to lose, which Michael did, that’s what separates sports. … That’s the difference in my opinion.”

Barkley certainly is not the first person to make that argument. LeBron deserves credit for singlehandedly bringing some Cleveland Cavaliers teams to the NBA Finals, but he wasn’t able to win a championship until he teamed up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. He then returned to Cleveland to win a third title, but he had Kyrie Irving. James won his fourth championship with the Los Angeles Lakers after they acquired Anthony Davis.

Of course, Jordan had some help. He was fortunate to have Scottie Pippen as a teammate throughout his whole career. The Bulls also signed Ron Harper, traded for Dennis Rodman, and drafted Toni Kukoc. All of those players were instrumental in helping Jordan pile up championships.

Even if LeBron adds a fifth title to his resume next season, Barkley is not going to change his mind after the Lakers recently acquired Russell Westbrook.

Barkley has had much harsher comments in the past when asked to compare M.J. and LeBron. You can see more of his discussion with Costas below:

Charles Barkley nailed his last six NBA playoff predictions

Charles Barkley

The Milwaukee Bucks won four games in a row against the Phoenix Suns to capture their first NBA title in 50 years, but even that streak may not have been as impressive as the one Charles Barkley enjoyed during the postseason.

Barkley is known for making bold claims and having strong opinions. He had been on the record for months as saying he believed the Bucks were the best team in the NBA, and he was proven right on Tuesday night. As StatMuse noted, Barkley also closed out the NBA playoffs by being correct on six consecutive “guarantees” dating back to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Some will argue that the Bucks only won an NBA title because the Brooklyn Nets were so banged up. We will never know if that is true, but we do that that Barkley picked Milwaukee to win it all long before any of that happened. He stood by the Bucks when they were tied 2-2 in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Atlanta Hawks, though he insulted them in the process.

Barkley has missed on plenty of predictions in the past, but this was a good year for him. He also nailed a bold prediction that he made before the season even started. You have to give credit where credit it due.

Charles Barkley lost $100,000 betting on himself in golf tournament

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley was more confident than ever in his golf game heading into the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe this year, and the Hall of Famer put his money where his mouth was in a big way. Unfortunately, he didn’t play quite as well as he expected.

Barkley was minus-7 after his first round on Friday, which is not good in this context. The American Century Championship uses a modified Stableford scoring system where you get positive points for a par or better, 0 points for a bogey and -2 points for a double-bogey or worse. After that round, Barkley revealed in an interview with ESPN that he bet $100,000 on himself to finish in the top 70.

“I put $100,000 on myself, so I feel very confident,” Barkley said Friday. “I feel really good. I screwed up myself today. I could have played a lot better, but I’m very happy with where I’m at.”

According to ESPN’s David Purdum, Caesars Sportsbook at William Hill offered a yes/no prop bet on whether Barkley would finish in the top 70. It became an extremely popular bet, with the odds on “yes” opening at +1,600 before they were bet all the way down to +400.

Barkley finished tied for 76th with a score of minus-28. Former NBA coach Vinny Del Negro won the tournament at plus-69, which should give you an idea of how Sir Charles played.

While he proved fairly recently that he has fixed his once horrific golf swing (video here), Barkley clearly still has a long way to go.

Charles Barkley has surprising comment about Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Charles Barkley offered a surprising comment about Giannis Antetokounmpo on Saturday night.

Barkley was providing analysis after the Milwaukee Bucks won Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. The panel of TNT analysts were to give their NBA Finals pick.

Barkley went with the Bucks depending on Antetokounmpo’s health. He offered a surprising comment about Giannis’ injury at that time.

“I hate to say this. I think the best thing that happened to the Milwaukee Bucks was Giannis getting hurt,” Barkley said.

Barkley then explained his reasoning. Antetokounmpo getting hurt made other players on the team step up, he said.

“Because they have unleashed Jrue Holiday — the aggressive Jrue Holiday. I think he is going to be fantastic in the Finals against Chris Paul. If Giannis is 85-90 percent, I’m going to go with Milwaukee.”

Barkley has been backing the Bucks all season and they finally have reached the NBA Finals. Maybe not having Giannis forced other players to step up against Atlanta. But they will need Antetokounmpo healthy in order to beat the Suns.

Charles Barkley: Patrick Beverley push was a ‘punk move’

Charles Barkley

Patrick Beverley was suspended one game to start the 2021-2022 NBA season for his dirty push on Chris Paul at the end of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. Analyst Charles Barkley was among those who didn’t think much of the play.

Barkley was a guest on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Friday and told the host he felt Beverley’s push was a “punk move.”

“But, it was just a punk move by Pat Bev. You know, Dan when he almost tried to hurt Chris (Paul) and danced over him when he was on the ground,” Barkley said. “Now, he can’t take it when the rabbit’s got the gun. So, it was just a punk move, Pat Bev is a good kid, he works hard. But it was just a punk move, plain and simple.”

The NBA saw it not just as a punk move, but also as a dangerous one. That is the reason they suspended the Los Angeles Clippers guard.

Beverley was upset about his team losing the series and took it out on CP3. The next day, Beverley tweeted an apology to Paul for his behavior.

Charles Barkley ‘disappointed’ in Scottie Pippen over recent slew of criticisms

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley does not know quite what has gotten into Scottie Pippen.

Appearing this week on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Barkley reacted to the recent slew of criticisms that Pippen has been airing out against former coaches and teammates, including Barkley himself.

“I’m disappointed in Scottie because he’s burning every bridge,” Barkley said. “I know he has a book coming out. Listen, Scottie was a very good player. I’ve always liked Scottie too. I’ve always liked him. I’ve never had a disagreement or an argument with him.

“But he’s taking shots at me, and I’m just laughing,” continued Barkley. “Because I’m like ‘Yo man, you do know we’re like 60 years old? We don’t have beefs any more. We’re like 60. What we accomplished was 30 years ago. It’s not important or significant. It was great in the day, but now it’s irrelevant.’ So I was disappointed he’s taking shots at Michael [Jordan], Phil Jackson, and myself. But I understand he’s got a book coming out. I just think it’s silly and stupid to be honest with you.”

Barkley was teammates with Pippen on both the 1992 “Dream Team” as well as on the 1999 Houston Rockets. Pippen recently called out Barkley for being a fake tough guy during their respective playing careers.

Pippen has also gone after Jordan and Jackson, his former co-star and head coach on the Chicago Bulls. Pippen was angry with Jordan over his portrayal in “The Last Dance” documentary. Not long after that, Pippen proceeded to blast Jackson as a racist.

As Barkley alluded to, Pippen has a new book plus a new bourbon line that he is looking to promote, so the timing of all this is hardly coincidental. But the promotion is clearly coming at the expense of Pippen’s relationships with his former NBA colleagues.

Charles Barkley blasts Paul George for whining about scrutiny

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley on Tuesday blasted Paul George and his defenders for whining about how much criticism he receives.

DeMarcus Cousins was among those who gave an impassioned defense of George following PG’s big 41-point game to help his Clippers avoid elimination against the Suns in Game 5 on Monday. He said he didn’t understand where the narrative about George being a choker came from. Cousins questioned anyone who thinks George is a choker.

George also said it was a “fact” that he is unfairly targeted.

During “Inside the NBA” on Tuesday, Barkley blasted all that talk. He said the scrutiny George faces is no different than what any other excellent/franchise player faces.

Barkley is right. George wants to be considered a top player in the league and a franchise centerpiece. Part of the responsibilities of such a player is to carry his team in the postseason, which George consistently has failed to do. He also brought even more attention to himself by dubbing himself “Playoff P” and then failing to live up to the moniker.

The scrutiny George has received has been commensurate to his status as one of the top players in the league. Any extra criticism has been the result of George’s own doing.

Shaq, Charles Barkley get into it over worse defender

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley got into it on Sunday regarding their respective defensive abilities.

The two analysts were talking ahead of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks. Barkley talked up his Bucks, saying the Hawks only won Game 1 because Milwaukee’s defense was terrible. He said Milwaukee’s defensive changes were the reason Trae Young struggled in Game 2.

Shaq disagreed. The disagreement led to some classic lines.

“You don’t know nothing about D,” Shaq said to Chuck.

“You were an awful defensive player on the pick-and-roll. They were playing defense like you did. You can’t play defense like that in the modern NBA,” Barkley said in response. “I wasn’t a great defender, but I was a better defender than you!”

Shaq then noted how Barkley was getting personal with him. That’s a touchy subject and area for Barkley, who is always razzed by his coworkers about not having won an NBA championship.

Scottie Pippen thinks Charles Barkley is fake tough

Scottie Pippen

Scottie Pippen still has tension with Charles Barkley and said something about the commentator that few others would say.

Pippen and Barkley were teammates for a season on the 1998-1999 Houston Rockets. The team lost in the first round of the playoffs despite entering the season with hype.

Barkley and Pippen had some beef after their lone season. Barkley was upset with Pippen for leaving Houston after one season and for calling Chuck fat. Barkley said he wanted an apology from Pippen, even if he needed to get it by gunpoint.

In an interview with GQ to promote his new “Digits” bourbon, Pippen talked about his past incident with Barkley. He accused Chuck of being fake tough.

“I never apologized to him, but I’ll tell you what: he only got arrested for throwing some little white guys out of a window. I ain’t never seen him fight a black man unless there were referees around. He plays his role like he’s tough. I don’t know nobody he done whooped. Go back and check his record,” Pippen said.

“Did I apologize to him? I told him to get me the he– out of there. That’s what I recall.”

Barkley provides commentary with an edge and says things many others don’t or won’t say. And now here’s Pippen putting Barkley in check and calling him fake tough. Maybe Pippen is the kind of voice needed in the NBA analysis world.

Charles Barkley picks Bucks to win championship despite being ‘dumbest team’

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley both complimented and criticized the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, and did so in humorous fashion.

During halftime of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series between the Brooklyn Nets and Bucks, Barkley picked Milwaukee to win the championship. But at the same time, the TNT analyst criticized them for being dumb.

“I think the Milwaukee Bucks are going to win the world championship. I really do. But they gotta be the dumbest team. Between stupid fouls and bad shots, not taking advantage of mismatches …,” Barkley said.

The Bucks led by 16 at the half, with the series tied at two. The Nets are at a disadvantage in the series with James Harden playing hurt and Kyrie Irving out. The pressure has been on Milwaukee to win against the shorthanded Nets. Barkley’s expectations of them have not been lowered.