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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
Charles Barkley is one of the few remaining sports analysts who is not afraid to speak his mind, but the Hall of Famer said this week that even he has grown tired of being muzzled while on the air.
During an appearance on 106.7 The Fan’s “Grant and Danny” show with Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on Monday, Barkley discussed how “politically correct people” are trying to ruin TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” The 58-year-old said he is only planning to work for two more years because of it.
“You can’t even have fun nowadays without these jackas-es trying to get you canceled and things like that,” Barkley said, as transcribed by Edward Sutelan of Sporting News. “Just having fun, talking about sports. I’m trying to hang on for another couple years until I’m 60, and then they can kiss my ass. I’m only working until 60. I’ve already told them that. … We can’t even have fun anymore. We’ve had fun all these years, and now all of a sudden in the last year and a half, everybody’s trying to get everybody fired, and it really sucks.”
Barkley said many of the edgy jokes he and his colleagues make come at a time when they are trying to make TNT’s coverage of a “crap game” more interesting.
“Nobody’s watching this game. Our relatives (are) not even watching this show after this,” he said. “And then, so about 1 o’clock, you’re like, ‘Man, I’m going to say something just to have some fun.’ But like I said, now you really have to think about all the fun stuff you used to say.”
Barkley added that context used to matter but “a lot of our bosses are cowards.” He referenced how he used to crack jokes about the women of San Antonio, which he says he can’t do anymore. Though, it wasn’t that long ago that Barkley made a similar remark about Georgia women.
There’s a reason Barkley is one of the most popular analysts on television. Most fans who enjoy “Inside the NBA” love that the cast seems authentic and unfiltered. If executives are trying to remove that element, you can understand why Barkley is losing interest in being a part of it.
Charles Barkley had a blunt answer to a question about the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
Barkley was interviewed by ABC10 in Sacramento’s Sean Cunningham. Cunningham asked whether Barkley was encouraged about the Kings’ future. Barkley said no and explained why.
The TNT analyst complimented the Kings’ fanbase for being passionate, but he said the team should already be good.
Barkley is right.
It’s been 15 years since the Kings made the postseason. They were a really strong team before that with Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic, Bobby Jackson, Mike Bibby and some of their other top players. But they have just failed to rebuild since then.
They took a step forward a few seasons ago when they went 39-43, but they fired Dave Joerger. They have gone backwards since then with consecutive 31-41 seasons. The Kings need to turn things around finally. But Barkley is justified for not having faith in them to do so.
A comedian’s tremendous Charles Barkley impression went viral and even made its way onto TNT.
Danny Rouhier, who is a co-host with Grant Paulsen on 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C., posted a great video on Twitter Thursday. He did an impression of Barkley breaking down the first half of the Nuggets-Blazers game.
The impression was fantastic, and the best part was the way he kept butchering names.
Rouhier’s impression was even played on TNT Saturday night:
In extremely fitting fashion, Chuck of course butchered Rouhier’s name after the bit ended. That was fantastic.
Rouhier is really giving Frank Caliendo some competition for best Charles Barkley impression.