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Charles Barkley has hilarious diet advice for Zion Williamson

Charles Barkley on the phone

Charles Barkley will probably be the first to admit that he had big problems with his diet during his NBA career. Now he has some fitting advice that Zion Williamson might be able to learn from.

During TNT’s “Inside the NBA” on Thursday, Barkley had wise words for the New Orleans Pelicans star Williamson, speaking from personal experience.

“I’m gonna put Zion on that diet that I was on at one point,” joked Barkley. “If it tastes good, spit it out … If it tastes good, spit it out.”

Amid laughter from his co-hosts in the studio, Barkley clarified that his remark was all in fun.

“We joke around, but we want this kid to get healthy ‘cause he’s got so much talent, seems like a great kid,” Barkley went on. “But the Pelicans gotta put their foot down. You’re gonna make a billion dollars if you can just get your weight under control.”

Barkley then elaborated further about his own NBA career.

“How many people around me would have told me I was fat and lazy?” he said. “‘Cause when you’re in the limelight, most people around you are enablers. ‘Cause you paying all the bills, you buying all the meals literally. They’re not gonna say, ‘Yo man, you’re gonna eat your way out the NBA.’

“Wonder who’s around Zion ‘cause I would sit him down and say, ‘Yo man, they giving money away to bums who can’t play. You’ve got so much talent. You could be the best player in the NBA,'” Barkley continued. “One of my problems with the NBA has always been, when I came to the NBA, we had veterans. Who’s the oldest player on the Pelicans? I think probably Brandon Ingram, and he’s like 25.”

We have definitely heard some funny stories over the years about Barkley’s eating habits as an NBA player. To his credit, he followed his own advice of “if it tastes good, spit it out” (sometimes a little too literally).

As for Williamson, he continues to be dogged by questions about his weight, especially during his ongoing injury absence. While there are indications that the former No. 1 overall pick is in better shape than many think, it cannot hurt to get some sage advice from the benevolent Uncle Chuck.

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Charles Barkley rips Kyrie Irving over part-time status

Charles Barkley holds a microphone

Charles Barkley is not a fan of Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving essentially turning NBA basketball into a side hustle.

On TNT’s “Inside the NBA” Thursday, Barkley ripped Irving, who just made his season debut for the Nets in a road win over Indiana on Wednesday.

“If you want to make a political point, which is silly and stupid, and not get vaccinated, that’s fine with me,” said Barkley. “But I don’t think it’s fair for me — OK, I’ll give an example. I love working with you guys. We work on Thursday night now. If I said to you guys, ‘Well, I’m only gonna work certain nights.’ Like, during the playoffs. That would be a better example. We’re on every night except Friday during the playoffs. If I said, ‘You know what, I’m not gonna work on the weekend,’ I don’t think that’s fair to you guys.

“To me, I have an issue with the entire thing,” Barkley went on. “Kyrie is a heck of a player. But to only play in road games, I don’t think it’s fair to the game … But more importantly, I don’t think it’s fair to the team.”

The Nets actually seemed to share Barkley’s viewpoint for much of the year. They did not accommodate Irving as a part-time player to begin the season. After all, doing so likely would have hurt their team chemistry and cohesion, especially with so many new players to integrate.

However, the Nets did a 180 after their roster was decimated by health and safety protocols. In December, they decided to allow Irving to play in road games (though he is still unable to play in home games as an unvaccinated player due to local New York City regulations). In his first game back, the star guard scored 22 points in Brooklyn’s eight-point win over the Pacers.

The counterpoint to Barkley’s argument, which was raised by co-host Kenny Smith, is that Irving is not balking on his commitments as an NBA player by choice. Thanks to the local health regulations, he can either play part-time or not play at all. But then again, all this stems from Irving’s decision to be unvaccinated, so you could argue that he is a part-time player by choice.

In any case though, it is clear that Barkley is not really a fan of Irving. Also, part-time players are largely unprecedented in NBA history (other than, for instance, the late Elgin Baylor playing only on weekends while he was on active military duty in the 1960s). Thus, these unusual waters that Irving is wading in are sure to elicit some strong opinions.

Photo: November 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Turner Sports sportscaster Charles Barkley before The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Barkley shares hilarious story about Kobe Bryant cursing him out

Kobe Bryant

Charles Barkley has said in the past that it bothers him when superstar players only reach out to him after he criticizes them but never after he compliments them. Apparently that happened once with him and Kobe Bryant, and it left Chuck with a story he’ll be able to tell for the rest of his life.

During an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” Thursday, Barkley spoke about how sensitive star players can be when he calls them out. The Hall of Famer recalled one time when he ripped Bryant during TNT’s postgame show because Bryant barely took any shots in the second half of a game against the Phoenix Suns. Barkley noted that he had praised Bryant on countless occasions before, but Kobe didn’t care about any of that.

“I went off on him after the game saying, ‘Kobe, I’ve always liked you, but what you did tonight was bogus. You didn’t take a shot in the second half. You were trying to prove a point that you didn’t have any help,'” Barkley recalled. “He called me from 1 o’clock in the morning until 4 o’clock in the morning, cursing me out like a dog. It was all in text (message). We were going back and forth and I was like, ‘Yo, would you please call me?’ He called me every name in the book.”

You can hear the full story below, but beware that that video contains inappropriate language:

The game Barkley was referring to was Game 7 of a 2006 playoff series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix. Kobe attempted just three shots in the second half of L.A.’s blowout loss, and the Lakers were eliminated. He faced a great deal of criticism for quitting on the team, as many thought he was trying to prove a point about how little help he had.

We’re guessing Barkley didn’t back down when Kobe called him out. As many other star players could tell you, that is hardly his style.

Photo: Apr 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) reacts against the Utah Jazz in the first quarter at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Barkley has prediction about Steph Curry’s record

Charles Barkley holds a microphone

Stephen Curry on Thursday night set the NBA record for career three-pointers made, and Charles Barkley doesn’t think the Golden State Warriors star ever has to worry about another player challenging it.

Curry broke the record of 2,973 three-pointers made, which was previously held by Ray Allen. The two shared a nice moment on the court after Steph set the new mark. During the TNT postgame show, Charles Barkley said Curry’s record is going to be like Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game or Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. Barkley thinks it will never be touched.

“This record ain’t never gonna be broken,” Barkley said. “This guy’s got at least another five years at his peak. He’s gonna set a record that nobody’s ever gonna come to again. It’s beautiful to watch.”

Charles is probably right. Allen played 18 seasons in the NBA and retired when he was 38. Curry is 33 and still in his prime. Allen set his three-point record over 1,300 career games, and Curry needed just 789 to break it. Assuming he stays healthy, Curry will likely increase his record to the point where it will be almost impossible to break.

Curry said after setting the record on Tuesday that he is going to make one big change now. He certainly deserves it.

Photo: November 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Turner Sports sportscaster Charles Barkley before The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Barkley had incredibly ironic criticism of today’s NBA players

Charles Barkley on the phone

Charles Barkley seemed to be lacking a bit of self-awareness with his latest criticism of the state of the NBA today.

Speaking Tuesday on TNT “Inside the NBA,” the retired basketball legend aired out a grievance that he has with the league’s three-point revolution.

“My problem is — I don’t want guys who can’t shooting shoot threes,” said Barkley. “That’s my problem with all the three-point shooting. I want Steph [Curry], Klay [Thompson], James [Harden], Kevin [Durant], I want all the great shooters. But the problem we got in the NBA — we got bums taking threes. That’s my problem with all the threes. Everybody can’t be a great three-point shooter. Please stop.”

Barkley’s criticism is a fair one on its face. It is now common to see centers, including those who only recently developed a three-point shot, attempting four or five triples a game. Three-point shooting for the NBA as a whole this season is at 34.8 percent (per Basketball Reference). That is the lowest mark the league has seen since the 2003-04 season, a era that was a golden age for defenses. Perhaps three-point efficiency is being weighed down by the sheer number of crummy shooters hoisting up treys around the NBA.

But the grand irony here is that Barkley was himself one of the worst volume three-point shooters in league history. Barkley attempted 2,020 triples and made a putrid 26.6 percent of them. That is even worse than current stars such as Anthony Davis (30.5 percent career from deep), Russell Westbrook (30.3 percent), and Giannis Antetokounmpo (28.7). In fact, Barkley has the single lowest three-point percentage of any NBA player with at least 1,000 career attempts (per StatMuse). He definitely fits the category of a “bum taking threes” and his head coaches were probably the ones who were pleading with him back in the day to “please stop.”

Barkley has made some legitimate points before about overreliance on the three-pointer. But this particular criticism rings a bit hollow coming from arguably the worst three-point shooter of all-time.

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Charles Barkley calls out NCAA over Auburn investigation

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Charles Barkley is a proud Auburn alum, and he is not happy with how the NCAA’s investigation into the school played out.

Barkley was in attendance for Auburn’s game against Nebraska on Saturday and appeared as a guest on ESPN’s coverage. Saturday marked the first game of coach Bruce Pearl’s suspension, which was handed down by the NCAA as part of the punishment for unethical conduct involving former assistant Chuck Person. The NCAA took four years to conduct its probe, a fact that was not lost on Barkley.

“Anytime something takes four years, they suck at what they’re doing,” Barkley said, via Matt Audilet of The Spun. “Let’s get that out of the way. The NCAA’s got to do a much better job.”

Barkley was not terribly concerned by the investigation, saying Auburn would “move forward” and adding that he fully supports Pearl.

In addition to Pearl’s suspension, Auburn was placed on probation and will face recruiting restrictions and a loss of two scholarships. The Tigers imposed a postseason ban last season, and the NCAA did not hand down any further postseason restrictions. The punishments stem from the fact that Person accepted bribes to direct Auburn players to a financial advisor.

It’s no secret that Barkley is an Auburn diehard. It’s no surprise he doesn’t think much of the scandal. Frankly, he probably has a point about the length of the NCAA’s investigation.

Photo: November 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Turner Sports sportscaster Charles Barkley before The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Barkley has strong message for Anthony Davis

Charles Barkley holds a microphone

Charles Barkley delivered a strong message towards Anthony Davis on Tuesday night.

The Los Angeles Lakers are struggling early this season as many people predicted they would. They entered Tuesday’s game against the Boston Celtics 12-12.

There have been recent rumors about coach Frank Vogel being on the hot seat, and Barkley thinks that’s garbage. The TNT analyst spoke on Tuesday and pointed the finger at Davis for the Lakers’ struggles. He thinks Vogel is being wrongly targeted and believes Davis needs to step up.

“[The Lakers] put all them old a– geezers together and just trying to blame other people. It ain’t right and it ain’t cool,” Barkley said. “Listen, Anthony Davis, you got to play better. I said if the Lakers were going to be any good, it was all going to be on you. It has nothing to do with Russell, it had nothing to do with LeBron and the rest of them old a— geezers they put together. But now you crossed the line, because I really like Frank Vogel. It ain’t his fault.

“In my opinion, I blame Anthony Davis. Anthony Davis, I like you as a person. But you ain’t doing what you’re supposed to be doing. You’re 27 years old. You’re supposed to be in your prime. You’re supposed to be one of the five best players in the world. And you ain’t holding up your end of the bargain.”

Whether he’s right or wrong is a matter of opinion, but that sort of take is likely to light a fire under Davis’ rear. The Lakers’ front office should pay Barkley for his commentary, especially if it results in some improved play.

Photo: November 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Turner Sports sportscaster Charles Barkley before The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Barkley hints at when he may retire from television

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley has been a mainstay on the television airwaves ever since he retired from the NBA in 2000. But now he is hinting at when he may ride off into the sunset altogether.

Barkley appeared this week on ESPN’s “The Paul Finebaum Show” and hinted at when he may bring down the curtains on his illustrious TV career.

“I made up this goal when I turn 60,” said Barkley. “I’m gonna get me a big ol’ fish bowl, put different countries in there, and spin it up. For one week a month, I’m gonna go to some place in the world that I’ve never been before. That’s always been a goal of mine. I can’t wait to try it. It’s just a game, but I wanna try it. I wanna see the whole world.

“I wanna be like John Madden,” added Barkley. “I thought John Madden was great at his job, but the one thing you don’t wanna do is stay on too long. I’m not comparing myself to John, I wanna make that clear. He’s the best to ever do it, and he left before his time was up. We all have to make this decision whether you’re a television announcer, radio announcer, or a jock … It’s better to leave early than late. You see some jocks out there, some guys on television like, ‘Are they wheeling him out there to do a broadcast?'”

The TNT “Inside the NBA” analyst Barkley is currently 58 and will turn 60 in Feb. 2023. When he does decide to retire from television, there will be no replacing Barkley, who is truly one-of-a-kind with his unfiltered and often times savage commentary.

Barkley recently had funny comments on how he avoids cancel culture. But it turns out that he could soon be cancelling himself in effect in order to travel the world and enjoy a true retirement.

H/T NBA Reddit

Photo: November 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Turner Sports sportscaster Charles Barkley before The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Barkley shares advice for 76ers on what to do with Ben Simmons

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley has been encouraging the Philadelphia 76ers to take a hard stance with Ben Simmons for months now, and the Hall of Famer is once again urging his former team show some moxie.

Barkley and TNT’s “NBA Tip-Off” crew discussed the latest in the ongoing saga between Simmons and the 76ers on Tuesday night. Barkley spoke about how the team has tried to work with Simmons and repeatedly gotten burned. He wants that to stop.

“They started off the season begging him to come back,” Barkley said. “They have massaged him, Shaq. They wanted to go see him, he said, ‘Don’t come see me.’ He came and acted like a jerk in practice. They wanted him back. … They’ve bent over backwards to kiss this dude’s a–. Now it’s time to start kicking his a–. There’s only two — you kick somebody’s a– or you kick their a–. It’s time they start kicking his a–.”

What Barkley failed to mention is that the Sixers never begged Simmons to come back because they actually want him on the team. In reality, they have been trying to get him to play nice to help facilitate a trade. Either way, Barkley is right that Simmons has essentially kept giving the team the finger.

Simmons says he is battling mental health issues and not ready to play. The 76ers accepted that, even though a lot of people think Simmons is merely exploiting a loophole in the collective bargaining agreement. The team then offered Simmons services to deal with his issues, but he did not cooperate. They resumed fining him at that point, and Simmons suddenly showed a willingness to work with the Sixers on one key issue.

The 76ers are trying to balance how to play hard ball with Simmons while also working toward a trade. We know where Barkley stands on all of the drama, but Daryl Morey is determined to be patient.

Charles Barkley shares how he avoids cancel culture

Charles Barkley on the phone

Cancel culture has come after many high-profile people who have done or said bad things in the past. But despite angering the mob here and there and sharing non-politically correct opinions, Charles Barkley has kept his job at TNT.

Why? Largely because Barkley is an irreplaceable personality who combines humor, edginess and fearlessness unlike anyone else in sports broadcasting. But also because Barkley knows what to do and what not to do.

Chuck and his “The Steam Room” co-host Ernie Johnson were talking during a recent episode of the show about social media and cancellations. Barkley said that social media and email stuff has “reared its ugly head” again (around 38:30 in the episode).

Barkley then shared his secrets.

The way Barkley avoids problems is he doesn’t put things in writing. Instead, he talks behind peoples’ backs the old-fashioned way!

“To all you idiots, fools, and jackasses out there, it’s alright to talk bad about people. We all do it. But we don’t leave a paper trail. I talk bad about people the old-fashioned way – behind their back. I don’t put it in writing,” Barkley said.

Chuck said that when he has something bad to say about his “Inside the NBA” co-hosts, he does it while enjoying beers with some friends.

The people with impossible standards will say nobody should ever say anything bad about anyone ever. Those expectations are completely unrealistic. Instead, Chuck believes the key is not getting caught by not having a paper trail. It’s that easy!

It also helps that Barkley refuses to be on Twitter and that he says he doesn’t even know how to initiate an email.

Though he has avoided cancellation, Barkley has said recently that cancel culture has negatively affected his TV show.

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