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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Articles tagged: Charles Barkley

Shaq eviscerates Joel Embiid over ‘unacceptable’ performance

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If Joel Embiid was looking for some sympathy over the illness he’s trying to play through in the Eastern Conference semifinals, he’s not getting it from the TNT crew.

During halftime of the Philadelphia 76ers’ 125-89 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of their playoff series on Tuesday night, Shaq and Charles Barkley gave the Sixers big man zero leeway for his poor play.

“I don’t want to hear no excuses,” Shaq said. “If you want to get to the championship, if you want people to remember ‘The Process’ forever, you gotta step up. Five points is unacceptable. During the regular season he’s averaging 28. He’s now averaging 18. He’s not stepping up to the challenge.”

Embiid had five points at halftime and finished with 13 in 31 minutes. He was showing on the team’s bench just how sick he was:

Barkley said Embiid’s body language is a drain on the Sixers and that his complaints are a negative for the team’s energy.

Much has been made about Embiid’s status. He had to get an IV before Game 2 of the series and was sick before Game 4, to the point his coach says they’re grateful he’s playing at all. Shaq and Chuck don’t want to hear about it as long as Embiid is playing.

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

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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

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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

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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.