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Charles Barkley has hilarious quote about LIV Golf money

Charles Barkley on the sideline

May 20, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Former NBA player and current TNT television personality Charles Barkley prior to game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs between the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The controversy between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf league has dominated headlines in recent weeks, and Charles Barkley was the latest person to give his opinion on the issue.

During an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” Friday, the Basketball Hall of Fame member addressed the rift between the golf leagues. The Saudi-backed LIV Golf league has successfully courted some players with massive amounts of money, and Barkley had a funny quote about what he himself would do for that kind of payday.

“I don’t judge other people,” Barkley said. “If somebody gave me $200 million, I’d kill a relative. I’m serious. They’re saying Phil Mickelson got $200 million, and Dustin Johnson got $150 million. For $150 million, I’d kill a relative. Even one I like.”

Barkley also said that he wanted “all the LIV guys on top of the leaderboard” at the U.S. Open.

This isn’t the first time Barkley has described the lengths he’d be willing to go to for a big profit. While on “The Dan Patrick Show” in late May, Barkley talked about what he personally would’ve done during his career if promised the amount of money Zion Williamson will likely make in his next contract.

While some LIV defectors are getting paid a crazy amount of money, most of the LIV players have struggled at this week’s U.S. Open in Brookline, Mass.

Mickelson missed the cut after shooting a combined 11-over par during the first two rounds, while Johnson will enter Sunday’s final round at 2-over par and six shots behind co-leaders Will Zalatoris and Matt Fitzpatrick.

H/T USA Today

Charles Barkley has harsh take on Knicks

Charles Barkley on the sideline

May 20, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Former NBA player and current TNT television personality Charles Barkley prior to game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs between the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks had a disappointing second season under Tom Thibodeau this year, and Charles Barkley thinks they need to make some dramatic changes this summer if they want to reverse that trend.

Barkley spoke about the Knicks this week while promoting next month’s American Century Championship, a celebrity golf tournament in which Sir Charles participates. He said the Knicks currently have a huge talent void that needs to be filled. Barkley described New York’s roster as “a bunch of J.A.G.s,” which stands for “Just Another Guy.”

“They’re not better than guys on Atlanta, Orlando,” Barkley said, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “There’s only probably three guys on that team that are NBA starters. So the No. 1 thing they got to do is get some talent. They got a lack of talent right now. And it’s really unfortunate because we need the Knicks to be competitive. And right now, they’re not competitive.”

The Knicks finished 11th in the Eastern Conference this season and missed the playoffs. They went 37-45 and took a big step back after their big turnaround last year, when they won 41 games and were the 4th seed in the East.

Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell is one player who has been frequently mentioned as a potential Knicks trade target. Barkley said the Knicks could trade half their roster for Mitchell and still improve because they “don’t have a lot in the cupboard right now.”

We have heard for years now about how the Knicks are targeting star players via trade. Nothing has come together for them, and they even got some bad news recently on the Mitchell front.

Barkley certainly is not the only one who is down on the Knicks. They desperately need to make a big splash or two heading into next season.

San Fransisco organization hilariously trolls Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley holds a microphone

November 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Turner Sports sportscaster Charles Barkley before The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Barkley and TNT’s “Inside the NBA” may be done for the season, but Golden State Warriors fans are still trolling Barkley long after he’s left the Bay Area.

On Thursday, Refuse Refuse San Fransisco, a citizen-run organization that aims to get San Franciscans to take action towards cleaning their streets, beautifying their neighborhoods and getting others to help do so, posted photos on Twitter. The photos showed city residents throwing trash into a garbage can outside of the Warriors’ home arena. A sign of Barkley’s face with the message “Chuck It” at the top was covering the can, and any garbage had to go through an opening where Barkley’s mouth would’ve been.

“Out here at Chase Center reminding fans that if they have some trash to “Chuck It”,” the tweet read.

This event could be in response to Barkley’s harsh comments about the city during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals in May. Barkley called the city’s streets “dirty.”

Barkley has a history of riling up the Bay Area fans, and the two sides certainly had their share of other run-ins this postseason.

Barkley cursed out Warriors fans prior to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. He was also hit by a T-shirt during the postgame show after Game 5 (video here).

Charles Barkley takes another shot at aging Lakers

Charles Barkley on the sideline

May 20, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Former NBA player and current TNT television personality Charles Barkley prior to game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs between the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Barkley spent much of the 2021-22 NBA season taunting the Los Angeles Lakers, and he does not appear set to stop anytime soon.

Barkley recently appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show” and was asked about the Lakers’ hire of Darvin Ham as head coach. Barkley praised Ham, but essentially said he was taking on an impossible situation due to the age of the roster.

“I’m glad Darvin got an opportunity, because he’s paid his dues. He’s a nice guy. We’ll have to see what kind of coach he is,” Barkley said. “But listen, if one of your coaches is close to the same age as your players, your team’s not gonna be good anyway. The Lakers, they’ve got a serious dilemma on their hands. Their best player is going to be 40, Anthony Davis has never been healthy, obviously Russell’s going to be there one more year, so what’s really bad about the situation, next year’s going to be the same as this year.”

The Lakers’ age has been one of Barkley’s favorite topics, though he was totally sick of hearing about them by the end of the season. In his estimation, there is nothing wrong with the team hiring Ham, but there is nothing the coach can do with the roster constructed as it currently is.

On the bright side, the Lakers may have learned some lessons about how to handle their head coach. Even then, it might not be enough if the roster is as flawed as Barkley believes it is.

Charles Barkley takes another shot at Zion Williamson’s weight

Zion Williamson smiling

Sep 27, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Zion Williamson during a press conference at the New Orleans Pelicans Media Day. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports

Zion Williamson’s weight has been a topic of conversation ever since he entered the NBA, and Charles Barkley took the latest shot at the 21-year-old.

In an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” Tuesday, Barkley talked about Williamson’s potential massive offseason extension. Barkley also talked about what he personally would’ve done to lose weight if promised the money Williamson will likely make.

“If they were getting ready to give me $200 million, I would be the skinniest power forward in the history of civilization,” Barkley said. “If [Williamson] gets in shape, they’re going to give him $200 million.

The Pelicans already exercised their $13.5 million club option on Williamson for next season. He would be a restricted free agent after that. But the Pelicans have a chance this offseason to give Williamson a rookie extension that could run about $186 million. That’s why Barkley says about $200 million is on the line.

Barkley has gone after Williamson over the 21-year-old’s weight before.

Williamson’s weight issues may have contributed to multiple injuries during his three-year stint in the NBA so far. He’s only been able to play in 85 career games, which could affect the amount of money the New Orleans Pelicans would be willing to give him in a possible extension.

But when healthy, as is expected to be the case next season, Williamson has averaged 25.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game during his career.

Williamson may have to prove that he can stay on the court for a full season in order to get a fully-guaranteed contract close to the $200 million that Barkley mentioned.

Video: Charles Barkley hit with T-shirt during Game 5 postgame show

Charles Barkley hit by a towel

Golden State Warriors fans got a bit carried away celebrating their team’s series-clinching win at the expense of Charles Barkley.

During TNT’s on-site “Inside the NBA” postgame show following the Warriors’ 120-110 win over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals in San Francisco, Barkley was hit in the head by a yellow T-shirt that was thrown on the set.

Barkley got out of his chair, made a beeline for the railing and stared down the crowd. He eventually returned to the desk as the show went to a commercial break.

This isn’t the first time Barkley and Warriors fans have gone at it this postseason.

Barkley cursed out hecklers prior to Game 1 of the series, and was at the receiving end of an unflattering chant from Warriors fans prior to Game 5.

The former NBA All-Star was openly rooting against the Warriors throughout the series. But the back-and-forth between him and their fans appeared to be in good fun.

Charles Barkley stages ridiculous arrival to pregame show in Dallas

Charles Barkley on a horse

Charles Barkley certainly knows how to make an entrance.

Barkley arrived at TNT’s on-site pregame coverage Sunday in Dallas riding a horse. Naturally, the entire thing was broadcast, and somehow made for fantastic television as the analyst navigated through the Dallas crowd.

Barkley can be heard dubbing himself the “black Clint Eastwood” at one point. Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith, meanwhile, were openly cheering for Barkley to fall off the horse during his attempted dismount.

The former NBA All-Star is the consummate entertainer, as we saw not too long ago. There’s a reason “Inside the NBA” is so popular, and this is part of it. No other sports studio show would dare attempt something this ridiculous, and it wouldn’t work even if they tried.

Charles Barkley curses out fans in funny viral video

Charles Barkley holds a microphone

November 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Turner Sports sportscaster Charles Barkley before The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Barkley once memorably said that he was not a role model, and that still rings true some three decades later.

The retired basketball great cursed out some fans who were bothering him while he was on the set of TNT’s “Inside the NBA” on Wednesday. Filming took place outside Chase Center in San Francisco, where the Golden State Warriors played the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Barkley kept getting heckled by the fans and turned to address them.

“If you don’t leave me alone, I’ll come to your house and f— your mama,” said an annoyed Barkley.

Take a look at the viral video (but obviously beware of the bad language).

The heckling may not have been unprompted though, as Barkley was going out of his way to antagonize the local fans while he was on the TNT set.

Whatever the case, the Warriors fans got the last laugh since their team won on Wednesday by the one-sided final of 112-87. As for Barkley, his response here was actually pretty tame compared to what he has suggested before for how to handle obnoxious fans.

Charles Barkley shares his Mount Rushmore of NBA players

Charles Barkley on the sideline

May 20, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Former NBA player and current TNT television personality Charles Barkley prior to game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs between the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Rankings for the best NBA players of all-time often cause debate, and those from NBA and broadcasting legend Charles Barkley’s are no exception.

During Wednesday’s premiere of “The Great Debate with Charles Barkley” on TNT, Barkley revealed his Mount Rushmore of the most important figures in NBA history.

While the actual Mount Rushmore features four United States presidents, Barkley’s list had seven names: Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

“I like to talk about all those guys,” Barkley said at a roundtable featuring film director Spike Lee, sportswriter Jackie MacMullan and former professional basketball player and vice president of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, Renee Montgomery. “Without those guys, guys wouldn’t be making $50 million a year.”

This is a tough list to take issue with. All seven players are some of the best to ever do it, although one could make an argument for the inclusion of Wilt Chamberlain or Shaquille O’Neal.

Charles Barkley hilariously needled Shaq over Rudy Gobert trash talk

Charles Barkley on the sideline

May 20, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Former NBA player and current TNT television personality Charles Barkley prior to game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs between the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Shaq and Rudy Gobert have exchanged some trash talk recently, and you can probably guess which side of the feud Charles Barkley is on.

During a recent episode of “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” O’Neal’s co-host Spice Adams suggested that Gobert could have held Shaq in check if the two played against one another. Shaq laughed it off, of course. When Gobert caught wind of the remarks, he responded on Instagram by saying he could lock Shaq up defensively.

Barkley made sure to bring up the war of words during Monday’s edition of “Inside the NBA.” He taunted Shaq with a “Rudy! Rudy!” chant, and O’Neal responded with one of his favorite phrases. O’Neal said he wonders “what French barbecue chicken tastes like.”

The “barbecue chicken” phrase is one Shaq has been using for years when talking about dominating in the low post.

Shaq has never been a big fan of Gobert. O’Neal obviously does not feel like Gobert would be as effective of a player if he played in Shaq’s era. Barkley probably agrees with Shaq, but there is no way he would ever give his co-worker the satisfaction.