Charles Barkley can come off as a goof and clown at times during TNT’s coverage of the NBA, but he’s also a charitable and caring human being as well. He showed that on Friday night.
Malcolm Brogdon joined TNT’s crew for an interview after his Milwaukee Bucks beat the Toronto Raptors 125-103 during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. Towards the end of the interview, Brogdon was asked about his charity, which involves bringing clean water to Africa.
While Brogdon was discussing the charity, Barkley asked how much it cost to put in a well. When told it was $45,000, Barkley pledged the money on the spot.
Chuck just donated $45,000 to Malcolm Brogdon's Hoops2O initiative, which helps bring clean water to East Africa. pic.twitter.com/pyqaWUZbp4
Embiid addressed the criticism before Game 7 of the series on Sunday, dismissing Barkley’s opinion.
“Charles, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about sometimes,” Embiid said. “He just be saying whatever he wants to.”
Barkley heard the comments and responded before Game 7. Telling Embiid and other players upset with his criticism to kiss his a– led Shaq to lose it.
Charles Barkley fires back at Joel Embiid for saying he doesn't know what he's talking about " I'm going to criticize guys if they deserve and if they don't like it they can kiss my ass" pic.twitter.com/JeEBVxGSxN
Embiid didn’t mean his comments maliciously towards Barkley. He did what’s best for him ahead of a game, which is to dismiss it rather than let it get in his head. But Barkley’s attitude about matters is perfect. He’s fair — calling people out when he feels it’s deserved and praising them otherwise.
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.
"If you want people to remember The Process forever, you've got to step up."
“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:
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.
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.
Barkley on Sixers-Nets and Raptors-Magic: “If you’re watching these games, you have no life.” #NBAPlayoffs
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.
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.
Joel Embiid on Charles Barkley’s suggestion he take up swimming as a low impact way to keep his conditioning up: “I’m scared of water. I don’t know how to swim”
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.
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.
Charles Barkley will get "butt ass naked" if the Detroit Pistons come back to win series against the Bucks. pic.twitter.com/0ot8gqMnDW
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 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.
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.
James is a busy man, and if he wants to do it, TNT would have to work something out with his people. They’d probably do it, though, since James doing any type of TV work for the playoffs would be a huge draw for the network and would attract a lot of hype. This probably bears watching.