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Charles Barkley sums up why he will never join Twitter

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley has an avowed hatred of social media, and he expanded on why a bit on Saturday.

Barkley was part of the pregame coverage for Saturday’s March Madness action, and the topic of discussion turned to the abusive tweets sent to Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell following the Buckeyes’ loss to Oral Roberts on Friday. Barkley cited the treatment of Liddell as one reason he has no interest in tweeting himself.

“These guys give me a hard time because I refuse and will never do any type of social media. This is the reason why,” Barkley said. “For you to give this kid death threats and hurl racial slurs at him because you’re safe in your own home like a coward behind a computer and nobody knows who you are. You need to take a hard look at yourself in the mirror.

“I am never going to be able to dignify these losers and interact with them ever. I don’t care how much money somebody offers me, I’m never going to do social media because of this. Barkley said on Saturday when discussing the messages Liddell received this week.”

Barkley’s position is completely defensible. Sure, a lot of people would probably love the chance to interact with him on social media. On the other hand, as a well-known figure, he’d also likely have to deal with a lot of nonsense and hate on the platform.

Barkley has demonstrated just how dug in he is when it comes to avoiding social media. This is just a reminder of that seriousness.

Charles Barkley responds to Draymond Green’s rant about player trades

Charles Barkley

Draymond Green made headlines earlier this week when he unloaded on NBA teams for sitting players as they openly work to trade them. Not surprisingly, Charles Barkley does not agree with the Golden State Warriors star’s stance.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have decided they will not play Andre Drummond while they try to trade the veteran center. The Detroit Pistons are doing the same with Blake Griffin. Green sounded off about that on Monday night, insisting there is a double standard with players wanting to be traded versus teams openly shopping players in trade talks.

“Teams can come out and continue to say, ‘Oh, we’re trading guys. We’re not playing you.’ And, yet, we’re (supposed) to stay professional,” Green said. “At some point, as players, we need to be treated with the same respect and have the same right that the teams have.”

During an appearance on “The Bill Simmons Podcast” this week, Barkley said Green came across as “annoying” with the rant. The Hall of Famer said it’s a lot easier to be outspoken when you play for the best team in the NBA.

“I think Draymond’s got to start learning you can say what you want to when you’re the champs and you’re in first place,” Barkley said, as transcribed by Jon Becker of The Mercury News. “But when you’re in last place, you become the guy who becomes annoying.”

Simmons pointed out that Barkley was also very outspoken during his career despite playing for some bad teams. Barkley defended that by saying “I was a great player.”

“There’s a double standard on that. When you’re a great player, you can do and say what you want to do,” he said. “When you’re on a good team, you can do and say what you want to. When you’re in last place, you have to stand down. He hasn’t learned that yet.”

The Warriors were 16-13 and in 7th in the Western Conference heading into Thursday, so they are far from being in last place.

Barkley also defended what the Cavaliers and other teams are doing. He said he understands wanting to prevent Drummond from getting injured given the circumstances.

Green and Barkley have a history of trading shots, so it’s hardly a shock that they disagree on this topic. It’s important to note that Drummond and Griffin agreed to the arrangement, and the latter even thanked the Pistons.

There’s a difference between a player demanding a trade when a team wants to keep him and two sides agreeing agreeing to a divorce. Green doesn’t seem to care about that distinction.

Charles Barkley rips Mavericks for shooting so many 3-pointers

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley had no idea what the Dallas Mavericks were doing on Thursday night.

Barkley was critical of Dallas for attempting so many 3-pointers in their game against the Golden State Warriors while providing commentary at halftime of the TNT game. He noted that Dallas is last in the NBA in 3-point percentage at 32.7 percent.

“I don’t understand if you’re bad shooting why you just keep shooting them all the time,” Barkley said.

“Y’all sitting there watching stupid a– basketball,” Barkley said of the fans watching this style of play. “Just jacking up threes all night. Give me a break, you dumba–es.”

Barkley also didn’t understand why the Mavericks weren’t using their height advantage.

Despite his criticism, the Mavericks actually led 76-74 at the half.

Barkley’s comments probably won’t go over well with those who think the analyst is just a grumpy old dude. But he’s not alone in his feelings.

Charles Barkley reveals funny nickname TNT has for Shaq

Shaquille O'Neal

Charles Barkley revealed on Thursday the funny nickname the TNT crew has for Shaq.

Barkley joked that they call Shaq “Petty White,” which is a play on words and reference to famous actress Betty White. Shaq said he preferred the name “Richard Petty,” who is a famous former racecar driver.

Both names refer to Shaq’s tendency to be petty about the way he criticizes and picks fights with players.

Recently, Shaq took some shots at Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert. Then Shaq tried to use some motivational tactics on Donovan Mitchell, which bothered some of Mitchell’s teammates.

Part of Shaq’s job as an analyst and personality is to attract attention, and he often does so with criticism. But his criticism also seems personal and rooted in insecurity whenever a talented big man emerges. That definitely seemed to be the case when Shaq was dealing with Dwight Howard.

Petty White definitely is a very fitting nickname.

Jazz take shots at TNT crew over Twitter following win

Shaquille O'Neal

There is some serious tension at the moment between the “NBA on TNT” crew and the Utah Jazz, and even the people in charge of team’s official Twitter account are getting in on the fun.

The Jazz won their seventh straight game on Thursday night with a 129-118 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Despite Utah’s recent success, Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley and the TNT crew do not believe they’re in the same class as the Los Angeles Lakers and other top teams. Following the game, the Jazz took a couple of shots at the TNT analysts on Twitter.

The second tweet was a response to an awkward exchange Shaq had with Donovan Mitchell on live TV. Shaq told Mitchell after Utah’s win that he said earlier in the night that Mitchell doesn’t “have what it takes to get to that next level.” Mitchell wasn’t quite sure how to respond. You can see the video here.

Barkley also said he wants to see Mitchell get more rebounds and assists. Mitchell shouldn’t be too offended by that considering what he said about himself back in 2018.

The criticism from Shaq and Barkley should become an asset for Mitchell and the Jazz. Teams are always searching for sources of motivation, and that should be a big one for Utah.

Charles Barkley jokes about Malik Beasley dating Larsa Pippen

Malik Beasley

Charles Barkley definitely keeps up on his NBA dating gossip.

Malik Beasley is averaging 19.2 points per game this season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He had 15 points in the team’s 108-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, which earned him a spot on TNT’s graphic for the game.

Barkley said that Beasley was having a “hell of a year.”

That was a reference to Beasley being photographed with Larsa Pippen, who is estranged from husband Scottie. The photos of Beasley together with Pippen angered Beasley’s wife, who filed for divorce.

Not only did Beasley’s big year include being out with Larsa, but emails showed he was in a relationship with a third woman.

So, yes, Beasley is having a big statistical season both on and off the court.

Scott Brooks has hilarious reaction to Charles Barkley’s prediction for Wizards

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley does not exactly have the best track record when it comes to making predictions, but Scott Brooks will try his best to make Barkley look good this season.

The TNT analyst Barkley made his first guarantee of the 2020-21 campaign this week. He said that the Washington Wizards (along with the Atlanta Hawks) would make the playoffs this season.

Brooks, the Wizards’ head coach, then gave this funny reaction to Barkley’s prediction on Wednesday.

“I’ll tell you what: He’s guaranteed a lot and it very rarely comes true,” joked Brooks, per Fred Katz of The Athletic. “But my job is to take care of my former roommate, pay him back since he didn’t charge me rent.”

Brooks and Barkley actually were roommates, having played together on the Philadelphia 76ers for two seasons from 1988 to 1990. Both would later play for the Houston Rockets as well, though not at the same time.

As for the Wizards, the playoffs look like a very realistic scenario for them after the additions of players like former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and first-round pick Deni Avdija this offseason. Thus, Barkley’s guarantee is already looking a lot better than his last one.

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Charles Barkley says foolish Rockets should trade James Harden

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley believes the Houston Rockets should stop messing around and trade James Harden already.

During halftime of the season-opening game between the Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors, the TNT crew talked about the Rockets’ situation. Barkley mentioned how he liked what he saw from some of the Nets’ players, like Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie. He suggested the Rockets trade Harden to the Nets for some of those players.

“That’s why I don’t understand what them fools at the Rockets are doing,” Barkley said. “Give me Allen, LaVert and Dinwiddie, you got a deal.”

Barkley proceeded to call Harden a “headache.”

“They’ll be rid of the headache. So I think they should make the trade. If you put those three players with John Wall … the Rockets are just going to be dissension behavior … it’s proven they’re dysfunctional. A man is going to show up when he wants, play when he wants to, practice when he wants to. So I would do the trade.”

Harden showed up to the team’s workouts late, though he gave an explanation. There has also been talk of him showing up overweight based on this photo.

Harden isn’t talking about his desire to be traded, and the Rockets haven’t shared their plans. Expect more day-to-day drama regarding the situation until we get a resolution, which might not come any time soon.

Charles Barkley puts Kyrie Irving in place with strong words

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley put Kyrie Irving in place with some strong words delivered on Thursday.

Irving was fined by the NBA for not talking with the media as he is contractually obligated to do. The Brooklyn Nets guard made matters worse by slighting the media, saying he doesn’t talk to pawns.

Barkley says Irving needs to stop being unprofessional and thinking he’s smarter than everyone. Barkley made his comments in an interview with KJZ on ESPN Radio.

“I’m not sure what he’s doing. I don’t like it,” Barkley said of Irving. “They don’t pay you 40 million dollars just to play basketball. Part of it is sitting down with you guys, sitting down with me and Kenny [Smith] and Ernie [Johnson] and [Shaquille O’Neal], talking to New York reporters. Being with the media is part of your professional obligation, and you can say what you want to say. But these guys today, they’re different. I don’t hate on them, but I’m not sure what point Kyrie is trying to make.

“He starts talking about what an artist is. He’s a basketball player. That’s what he is. Listen, we’re not frontline responders. We’re not teachers. Yo man, you dribble a basketball, stop acting like you’re the smartest person in the world.

“Now can you talk about social issues and things like that? Of course. But some of this other stuff I’m like ‘yo man, you do realize you’re just a basketball player, right?’ And it seems like he’s like ‘no I want you guys to know I’m the smartest guy in the room.’ Well first of all, you’re not. You only went to college for six months. A lot of guys are smarter than you are. Just answer stupid basketball questions. And if you want to say something about social justice, say it and mean it, because it’s important and significant. But all that other stuff? Like, yo man, shut the he– up and talk basketball.”

It’s important to differentiate things. Barkley isn’t telling Kyrie to “shut up and dribble” when it comes to social justice or other causes. He’s just telling him to act like a professional. Irving is behaving unprofessionally and has taken some anti-media stance that only makes him look bad, all while making the job harder for his teammates, because they have to deal with the nonsense.

It just seems like Irving’s highest priority is being a pain in the rear and making every situation more difficult than it needs to be. Barkley has seen this for a while from Irving.

Here’s why Charles Barkley thinks there’s ‘something wrong’ with Kyrie Irving

Charles Barkley

Kyrie Irving made headlines this week for disparaging remarks he made toward the media, and Charles Barkley is among those who think the Brooklyn Nets star needs to get over himself.

In an appearance on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta this week, Barkley said he does not understand what Irving is trying to accomplish by lashing out at the media. He indicated that Irving has been hurt throughout his career by not having the right leadership around him.

“I wish somebody would get in his ear. I do think there is something wrong with Kyrie, I truly believe that. I’m not joking right now,” Barkley said. “I don’t understand what his objective is. Yo man they’re paying you $40 million, you gotta just talk to the press. You can answer the questions you want to, you got to show up and answers questions. I tell all these guys, ‘Man we’re the luckiest dudes in the world. We make millions of dollars just playing a stupid game and part of it is coming on radio shows, talking to the press. They got jobs to do.'”

Barkley is not alone with his opinion. Irving’s former teammate Kevin Love made similar remarks on Friday when he criticized Irving for calling the media “pawns.” Barkley added that he feels sorry for Irving and does not believe he’s a “bad kid.”

“I just think he’s never been around mature adults who told him how he was supposed to act,” the Hall of Famer said. “You know I got lucky with Dr. J and Moses, Maurice Cheeks, and Andrew Toney were like, ‘Yo man this is professional basketball, we’re pro players, you have to act like a pro.’ But see he’s got so much money now he can do whatever the hell he wants to do.”

Irving was fined by the NBA for not fulfilling his media obligations. He defended himself by issuing a statement bashing reporters.

It’s unclear how long Irving plans to go without talking to the media, but he’s calling more attention to himself by boycotting. That is probably the goal, even if Irving would never admit it.