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.
Charles Barkley is not feeling Kyrie Irving’s comments about leadership.
Irving called out his team after a loss to the Orlando Magic on Saturday, saying the young players don’t understand what is needed to win a championship. Some of his teammates took offense to the comment, while Irving later said he should have kept things in-house.
Then Irving topped it all off by saying he called LeBron James to apologize for not understanding what the star was going through when trying to lead the Cavaliers. While we said that showed his character growth, others see the other side — that Irving is calling out the young players.
That’s how Barkley interpreted the situation when he spoke on “Inside the NBA” on TNT Thursday:
Chuck wasn't feeling Kyrie's comments about calling LeBron to apologize. pic.twitter.com/H1FELmze4t
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 18, 2019
“I didn’t like it at all,” Barkley said. “It seemed like he was saying, ‘We’re losing because of these guys. They’re young, they don’t know how to win.’ They made it to the Eastern Conference Finals last year without him. You don’t have to tell people you’re a leader — just be a leader.
“(Irving) played great last night. That’s one of the few games I’ve seen where he really made a conscious effort to make everyone around him better. But this thing like, ‘I called LeBron because he taught me how to be a leader’ — well then be a leader. You don’t have to tell us you’re a leader. … I didn’t like it at all.”
Barkley makes a good point: This Celtics team pushed the Cavs to a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals last year, all without Irving or Gordon Hayward on the court. Who is Irving to talk?
On the other side, Irving is probably the most talented player on the team and has championship experience. He’s trying to push his players to get on that championship level, and calling teammates out won’t always be received well, even if it’s necessary.
Markelle Fultz’s agent revealed earlier this week that he believes the point guard has a medical issue with his shoulder, but you can count Charles Barkley among those who are not buying it.
Fultz’s agent Raymond Brothers confirmed on Tuesday that he advised the former No. 1 overall pick to not participate in any team activities until he sees a shoulder specialist. In an appearance on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo Show” Wednesday, Barkley said he believes the shooting issues Fultz has had in his first two NBA seasons are all between the ears.
“You can’t just keep shooting and keep shooting, because all you do is reinforce bad habits. I think Markelle needs to see a sports psychiatrist or something,” Barkley said. “Like on my golf swing, it shows up when it wants to. I’m pretty sure Markelle can’t control how he shoots that free throw or jump shot. I don’t mean psychological like he’s got issues, but like a sports psychiatrist. I think he really needs that.”
For what it’s worth, the Philadelphia 76ers seemed genuinely blindsided by the idea that Fultz has a medical issue with his shoulder. Team doctors and trainers were unaware of any problems, and Fultz even declared himself fully healthy during training camp.
Barkley, who enthusiastically defended Fultz against trolls earlier this season, is not alone in his thinking. Fultz was a star in college, and it seems obvious that he’s dealing with the equivalent of the “yips.”
Despite his agent saying he should sit out of all practices and workouts until he sees a specialist, Fultz was spotted at practice on Tuesday. That says a lot about the health of his shoulder.
Charles Barkley is picking up right where he left off this season with his fantastic TNT commentary, and his latest rant was one in defense of Markelle Fultz.
Former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz is still trying to find confidence in his jump shot, and he finally hit the first 3-pointer of his career during Thursday night’s win over the Chicago Bulls. After the game, Barkley called out people who have mocked Fultz for whatever psychological issues he’s dealing with, and he did it the only way Chuck knows how.
Charles Barkley: "You just siting at home in your grandma’s basement with your drawers on, typing on your damn keyboard. Shut the hell up! We’re pulling for Markelle Fultz." pic.twitter.com/T1IzL8elhn
— Rob Tornoe (@RobTornoe) October 19, 2018
“The kid is struggling mentally with his shot. We’re all pulling for him,” Barkley said. “We’re excited to see him do well. You’re just sitting at home in your grandma’s basement with your drawers on, typing on your damn keyboard, shut the hell up. We’re pulling for Markelle Fultz.”
Welcome back, Chuck.
Fultz is clearly still working through some issues, as he converted just 5-of-15 shots on Thursday and 2-of-7 in Philly’s season opener against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. Even 76ers fans were putting pressure on him to shoot the ball during Thursday night’s game, and they went ballistic when he finally drained one from long range in the fourth quarter. It would be a huge bonus for the Sixers if Fultz continued to improve.