Charles Barkley is a Hall of Famer and widely considered to be one of the best NBA players of all time, so some might say it is far too early to compare 18-year-old Zion Williamson to him. Barkley has no problem with it, however.
Barkley was asked on Sunday about people comparing his game to Williamson’s, and he said the freshman has more explosiveness than he ever had. He also said he’s “flattered” to be compared to the Duke star.
Charles Barkley is a big fan of Zion pic.twitter.com/8EnjXXS8Sb
— SB Nation (@SBNation) March 24, 2019
Like Barkley in his prime, Williamson has incredible athletic ability for his size. The two are about the same height, but Williamson is about 30 pounds heavier than Barkley was during his playing career. That makes his leaping ability even more mind-boggling, and that’s the explosiveness Barkley is likely referring to.
In addition to the physical comparisons, Williamson also seems to have the same bulldog mentality that Barkley had. He has continued to fight back against the narrative that he should shut it down to protect his NBA future, and you can bet Barkley would have done the same.
Tom Izzo came under fire for ripping into one of his players during Michigan State’s first-round NCAA Tournament win over Bradley on Thursday, and you will not be surprised to hear how Charles Barkley feels about the topic.
Barkley opened up CBS Sports’ tournament coverage on Friday by defending Izzo, ripping “jackasses on other networks” for making it a “national emergency” every time a coach yells at a player.
Barkley on Izzo – “jackasses on other networks” haha I concur !!! pic.twitter.com/v5cksYy3Pi
— Scott Dryden (@BrownsScout) March 22, 2019
“Coach Izzo, you keep doing your thing,” Barkley said. “It’s alright for a coach to yell at a player.”
Izzo aggressively got in Aaron Henry’s face following a 10-0 Michigan State run against Bradley, and he needed to be held back while screaming at the freshman. Some felt he crossed the line.
Tom Izzo goes after Aaron Henry pretty hard. pic.twitter.com/A4KUMT6XWa
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) March 21, 2019
Izzo did not apologize after the game, noting that he unloaded on Henry because of a lack of effort. Several current and former Michigan State players have since come to his defense the same way Barkley did.
Charles Barkley went through all the emotions during Auburn’s close win over New Mexico State during the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
Auburn blew a big lead late in the second half of their game, which led the Aggies to make it a one-possession game. One crazy moment happened when Auburn was up 78-76 in the final seconds and New Mexico State had the ball. The Tigers fouled on a 3-point shot, which gave New Mexico State three free throws down two. Barkley was livid over the foul.
Thankfully for Auburn, New Mexico State only made one of the free throws and missed a final 3-pointer to lose 78-77.
This video shows the reaction from Barkley through the suspense and the victory:
Charles Barkley after Auburn's foul vs. Charles Barkley after Auburn won pic.twitter.com/FUSORdRmUk
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 2019
Barkley is the best basketball player in Auburn history and remains a big fan of the program. His passion for his school put him through wringer emotionally.
Charles Barkley made a mockery of the Jussie Smollett situation during a segment on TNT Thursday night.
During halftime of the Los Angeles Lakers-Houston Rockets game, the TNT crew was talking about some of their more ridiculous predictions that had no chance of happening. That’s when Barkley went off-script and said “two black guys beating a black guy up,” — a reference to the Smollett matter.
Smollett, an actor, has been charged with disorderly conduct for staging a beating against him that he claimed was rooted in racism and homophobia. Barkley continued to go off on Smollett over the incident, mocking the actor for allegedly paying the two men by check, among other things. Stay for the end with the Liam Neeson joke.
Charles Barkley has some advice for America & Jussie Smollett pic.twitter.com/3JaW9FlHM9
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) February 22, 2019
That, my friends, is why Barkley makes the big bucks.
Charles Barkley is blaming Klutch Sports agent Rich Paul for botching the Anthony Davis trade situation.
Paul issued a public statement a week and a half before the trade deadline in which he said Davis would not sign a long-term contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans and therefore wanted a trade. It became pretty evident that Paul was trying to get Davis traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, but that didn’t happen. The Pelicans toyed with the Lakers and even tried to sabotage them.
Barkley spoke with other media members from Charlotte on Thursday and addressed the Davis matter. Beware as he uses some foul language when saying how much the situation was screwed up.
Charles Barkley on Anthony Davis: “Don’t ruin your reputation as 1 of the nicest guys in the world. Your agent works for you; you don’t work for him. They handled the situation wrong and it’s going to bite him in the a—… Workers ain’t never gonna have power over ownership.” pic.twitter.com/j5AAlYLCkI
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 14, 2019
He’s right. It’s bad for the league when star players try to force a trade in that manner a year and a half before they are set to become a free agent, especially when an effort was so clearly orchestrated by a few star players behind the scenes. They should have just waited until after the season to handle things rather than try to force New Orleans’ hand partway through the season.
This isn’t the first time Barkley has spoken negatively about Davis’ demand; he previously said the league should intervene to block a trade to the Lakers.
- Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley is seeing what’s going on with Anthony Davis, and he doesn’t like it. And he’s calling on the league to intervene.
During TNT’s “NBA Tip-Off” show on Thursday, Barkley spoke out against Davis’ trade demand from the New Orleans Pelicans. He accused Davis and LeBron James of colluding to team up on the Los Angeles Lakers.
“We cannot have players and agents colluding to stack superteams. Adam Silver needs to say ‘Anthony Davis …’ … We can’t have players dictating who is going to play together,” Barkley said.
Here is the video:
Chuck goes off on Anthony Davis' trade request. pic.twitter.com/TUtvs5Kv0u
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 1, 2019
The fix has seemed to be in for a while on the situation, as Barkley said. Earlier this season, ahead of a game between the Lakers and Pelicans, LeBron said playing with Davis would be “amazing.” Small-market GMs were reportedly furious with the league for not enforcing tampering rules when James made the comments. LeBron and Davis then got together for dinner after the game.
James and Davis share an agent — Rich Paul of Klutch Sports — which makes it seem like they have coordinated things in an effort to get the two superstars together. There is talk that Davis is trying to discourage teams from trading for him by saying he will sign with the Lakers in 2020.
David Stern stepped in during the past to block a Chris Paul trade to the Lakers in 2011. This does seem to be a clear case of tampering and/or collusion. Adam Silver would be well within his rights to intervene.
Charles Barkley took a moment to mess with John Calipari after Kentucky’s 82-80 win over Auburn on Saturday.
Barkley attended the game to watch his alma mater take on the Wildcats in a matchup between the two 13-3 teams. Afterwards, he interrupted Calipari’s press conference and joked with the Kentucky coach.
Barkley said that Kentucky’s statue for Calipari was too skinny and told the coach he was trolling him from the stands.
Chuck Barkley interrupts Calipari’s press conference, says his statue is “skinny” among other things.
— Jay G. Tate (@JayGTate) January 19, 2019
Charles Barkley playfully interrupts John Calipari's postgame press conference in a way only he can. "I was yelling at you, too. I was saying (expletive) John Calipari."
— John Zenor (@jzenor) January 19, 2019
Barkley had to take his victories where he could get him after his team lost the game. Kentucky is now up to 4-1 in conference play.