It’s fair to say Charles Barkley is extremely confident that we’ll see NBA basketball again before too long.
In an appearance on “The Paul Finebaum Show” Monday, Barkley predicted that every sport currently on pause will resume — and he expects to see movement on the NBA front within the next week.
“We’re gonna make a decision in the next week,” Barkley said, via Robbie Weinstein of 247Sports. “I’m 100 percent sure we’re going to play. I know my friends in Major League Baseball are going to play. I know that the (NHL) is going to play. … I do know this, talking to my bosses at Turner: We’re going to play basketball. It is gonna be in Florida and Vegas, or just Florida.”
Barkley citing his bosses is something. Turner is probably in the loop regarding what’s going on in talks, as they are a broadcast partner. Maybe Barkley is engaging in some informed speculation here.
The league has reportedly opened discussions about playing the rest of their games in Florida. That’s a start, and a lot has to be worked out, but it definitely seems there’s growing optimism that we’ll have the NBA back within a month or two.
There was plenty of friendly trash talk exchanged during “The Match” on Sunday, but the best of it did not come from the golfers. Believe it or not, Justin Thomas may have taken that honor.
Thomas joined the TNT broadcast as a special guest analyst for the charity match that pitted Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. Charles Barkley was also part of the production, and Thomas and Barkley had a hilarious exchange at one point when Chuck said he wasn’t impressed by a beautiful bunker shot from Woods.
“I don’t know what y’all are so excited about,” Barkley said of the shot. “He’s a golf pro. You don’t see me get excited when a guy dunks a ball.”
Thomas, who of course is also a pro golfer, couldn’t let it slide. He fired back at Barkley by telling Sir Charles he would “love to see your fat a– try to dunk a ball right now.”
— Random Guy (@orezjc) May 24, 2020
We originally thought Manning might win the award for best smack talker with the way he heckled Brady on the driving range, but Thomas came out of nowhere when he roasted Barkley. We didn’t know J.T. had that in him.
Charles Barkley is an incredibly entertaining on-air personality and excellent storyteller. He was at it again during a recent podcast interview.
Barkley was a guest on Zach Lowe’s ESPN podcast during the week and told the great story about how he played drunk one game for the Philadelphia 76ers after a trade to the Lakers fell through in 1992. Barkley thought the deal was going to happen and began drinking to celebrate. He was left in a bad spot after being informed the trade wasn’t happening.
“My agent calls me one morning and he says ‘hey, you’re going to get traded to the Lakers today. And me and my friends, we go out and celebrate and get drunk around noon. … He calls me later and says ‘hey you’ve been traded to the Lakers, they’re going to finalize the deal and I’ll get back to you,'” Barkley recalled to Lowe.
“I’m on cloud nine, he calls me back three hours later, it’s like 3:30 now, he says ‘the Sixers backed out of the deal.’ And I’m drunk as [bleeped] and we got a game that night, and I’m like ‘what? What are you talking about?’ And he’s like ‘the Sixers were scared to pull the trigger.’ So I’m like ‘you’re kidding me, dude we got a game tonight and I’ve been drinking since noon.’ The one thing that’s funny, I don’t even know how I played that night. I think I might have played so bad because I was so angry the Sixers didn’t pull the trigger, and then it’s just suffering the next two or three years.”
Silver Screen and Roll transcribed the quote and actually did some digging. They suspect the game described by Barkley was a 15-point loss to the Nets on February 12, 1992 in which the Round Mound of Rebound had just six points and a triple-single.
Chuck was traded to Phoenix after the 1991-1992 season and had four prime seasons with the Suns, even winning NBA MVP in his first year with them, much to Michael Jordan’s annoyance. That day of partying must not have been easy though, and is a reminder: only start celebrating once you have officially been traded.
Michael Jordan’s treatment of his teammates came into focus over the weekend after the airing of the latest episodes of “The Last Dance.” Jordan knew that the documentary would make him look bad in this regard, and to some extent, he was right. Some feel Jordan’s treatment of his teammates was unnecessarily harsh, while others believe it was the price of winning.
Charles Barkley believes that results aside, Jordan was selective about whom he picked on. The answer came in response to a question about how Barkley would have felt being Jordan’s teammate.
“You know he has selective prosecution over there, right? He knows who to pick on,” Barkley said during an interview with Dan Le Batard Monday. “Michael is awesome, but there’s certain guys you can’t treat like that. You have to know what guys you can treat badly and they’re gonna accept it. Screaming at guys all the time and punching guys? Come on, man. there’s certain guys that would whoop the hell out of you if you tried doing that. He has selective prosecution. I mean, Scott Burrell and Steve Kerr. I mean, come on, man.”
This is definitely another way of looking at things. Maybe Jordan did pick on guys he knew he could. But maybe Jordan’s argument would be that he picked on the guys he knew needed to be picked on in order to toughen them up for competition.
You can’t argue with Jordan’s results — the six championships say it all. But some of the stories about the way MJ treated his teammates really are ugly.
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The relationship between Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan has been fractured for several years, and Barkley does not see that changing anytime soon.
The latest episodes of ESPN’s documentary series “The Last Dance” served as a reminder that Barkley and Jordan once had a close friendship. Things soured years ago when Barkley criticized Jordan for the way he was running the then-Charlotte Bobcats. Barkley and Jordan have basically been estranged since, and Chuck said on ESPN 100’s “Waddle & Silvy Show” Tuesday that he’s still bothered by his rift with MJ.
“The guy was like a brother to me for, shoot, 20-something years,” Barkley said, as transcribed by ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “At least 20-something years. And I do, I feel sadness. But to me he’s still the greatest basketball player ever. I wish him nothing but the best. But, there’s nothing I can do about it, brother.”
Barkley indicated that he has no plans to reach out to Jordan, though he says MJ has his number and “can call me” anytime. Barkley said what bothers him most about the situation is that he was just trying to be honest with Jordan like he always has.
“The thing that bothered me the most about that whole thing, I don’t think that I said anything that bad,” Barkley said. “I’m pretty sure I said, ‘As much as I love Michael, until he stops hiring them kiss-a–es, and his best friends, he’s never going to be successful as a general manager.’ And I remember pretty much verbatim I said that. And the thing that really pissed me off about it later is Phil Jackson said the exact same thing.”
Barkley has never felt the need to apologize to Jordan, which may be one of the reasons MJ is not interested in smoothing things over. Barkley has enthusiastically sided with Jordan in the LeBron vs. MJ debate, but that apparently is not enough to win back his former friend.
The Hornets (formerly the Bobcats) have reached the postseason just three times and never won a playoff series since Jordan joined their ownership group in 2006. As an analyst, Barkley’s job is to give honest opinions about the NBA. Jordan clearly feels Barkley should have put friendship first, and he has not gotten over the remarks nearly a decade later.
Charles Barkley had some more funny comments for Draymond Green.
Barkley was on “Coffee With Cal” with Kentucky coach John Calipari and was asked about his ongoing beef with Green. The TNT analyst has been going back-and-forth with the Golden State Warriors forward for a while as they trade barbs.
In February, Barkley roasted Green for putting up a triple-single in his stats. Green has responded recently by saying he has a bigger impact on the game than Barkley.
That led Barkley to call Green the “worst member of the boy band.”
“He’s the worst member of the boy band who doesn’t realize he’s standing next to Timberlake. When the girls are throwing panties at his head, he’s going to get hit by some drive-by panties, but they’re really meant for Timberlake.”
— TJ Beisner (@tjbeisner) April 27, 2020
“He’s the worst member of the boy band who doesn’t realize he’s standing next to Justin Timberlake,” Barkley said. “When the girls are throwing panties at his head, he’s going to get hit by some drive-by panties, but they’re really throwing panties at Justin Timberlake.”
Barkley is saying that Green has ridden the coattails of his much superior teammates like Klay Thompson and Steph Curry.
Green definitely would not receive the notoriety he has without playing for the loaded Warriors, but he is a good player regardless. Barkley knows that, but he enjoys teasing Green anyway.
H/T CBS Sports
Charles Barkley went into self-quarantine over a week ago after he began feeling ill and was unsure if he had contracted the coronavirus. Fortunately, his test results revealed good news.
Barkley issued a statement on Monday revealing that he received the results of his COVID-19 test and they were negative.
Charles Barkley statement:
“I’ve received my COVID-19 test results this morning and they are negative. I’d like to thank everyone for reaching out and expressing your concern and support. You all be safe and please take the necessary actions to help ensure your well-being."
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 23, 2020
Barkley did not say whether or not he is feeling better or if he has been diagnosed with another illness, but it is certainly good news that he did not contract the coronavirus. He said previously that he was also tested for the flu.
Several members of the NBA community have tested positive for COVID-19, so we’re glad Barkley didn’t add to the total