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Charles Barkley talks lockout with CBS Sports

Posted on: November 9, 2011 1:21 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 1:34 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Any time Charles Barkley talks, we all listen. I don't know how he reached that level, but he has. Whether you agree, disagree or are completely indifferent to Sir Charles, his opinions are always worth paying attention to.

Barkley joined James Brown of CBS Sports for a conversation about the lockout, state of the NBA, playing with other superstars, football and the NCAA tournament.

Chuck's take on the owners' stance was simple: "They're going to get the deal they want, or we're not going to play at all ... they've drawn a line in the sand."

That's what most have said about how the owners have approached the negotiations. They don't want to just win by 40. They want to throw a touchdown on the last play and spike the ball while dumping Gatorade all over David Stern. They want it all.

And Barkley seems to understand that side of things, especially in terms of competitive balance. "They have a fair very argument because we want our small markets to be competitive," he said.

Barkley, a very well paid player in his day, seemed to harp a bit on how much the players make today. He mentioned that only 10 or 15 players made upwards of $15 million a year when he played. Now, he said somewhere between 50-100 make more than $10 million. He noted that when he finished his career, he was making $5 million a year. And now that's the average salary.

"You can't name me in the history of sports where nobody got paid," he said. I don't mean to speak for Barkley, but I certainly got the sense he was telling players, "Hey, you make a lot of money and you're going to make a lot of money to play basketball. Let's ball."

Barkley said: "We've got to find a way to keep our small market teams competitive. And that's what this deal is really about."

And then Barkley started talking about football.

Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:34 pm

Charles Barkley talks lockout with CBS Sports

Charles B keeps it real.  

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 4:26 pm

Charles Barkley talks lockout with CBS Sports

Charles Barkley talks lockout with CBS Sports

I guess Charles "forgot" about playing for Houston????

stars joining up is bad for the league he says.

hakeem, barkley, drexler, pippen!!!!

thats different then whats happening today, that didnt take alot of effort?money to get these guys on the same team!!!!! all four players were on the way out.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 5:12 am

Charles Barkley talks lockout with CBS Sports

To me Players are trying to do what Sterns and the Owners are not able to do, which is Manage the League. Mismanagement is the True Issue here. Even before Miami, the Lakers, Boston, San Antonio, and the List goes on....All the Great Teams were builted by Free Agentcy. Sterns and the Owners knew with FreeAgents Mega Teams could be built but chose to not make rules keep that from happening (Sterns).....I Smell a RAT(Sterns).....Seems to me Sterns my have been getting Extra GIFTS from some Big Market Owners. Even at that, Rolling Back Players Pay will not Fix Years of Mismanagement by Sterns nor has Sterns or anyone else added how this Issue can be fixed which sounds to me like it will not be Fix and that Sterns is trying to give the Owners more money for more Overpaid Contracts and Extra Gifts for Sterns. All in All, this just tells you that Corruption is Alive and well in the NBA. I don't see how some Owners would want to Own a Team thats not in the Big Market hoping for a Miracle Season to make their Stock Rise. The NBA is Doomed like Boxing going at this rate.

Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:30 pm

Charles Barkley talks lockout with CBS Sports


Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 6:50 pm

New Idea

How about the players get their bling by the minute, based upon fan judgement on their individual effort. In other words, they all get paid for about 5 minutes of each game. The players and owners disrespected the fans starting years ago, and they will not be fooled twice. Disband the NBA as a whole and look for something with legitimacy to take it's place. Something not as obviously staged and manipulated. Like the WWE or a Spanish television soap opera.

Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:27 pm
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Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:26 am

Charles Barkley talks lockout with CBS Sports

I guess Charles "forgot" about playing for Houston????

stars joining up is bad for the league he says.

hakeem, barkley, drexler, pippen!!!!

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:29 pm

Charles Barkley talks lockout with CBS Sports

Having Ernie Johnson, Kenny "The Jet" Smith, Sir Charles, and Shaq in one studio set is more than enough to have the NBA come out of lock-out mode.  Those four are going to be something to watch on T.V. 

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:09 pm

Charles Barkley talks lockout with CBS Sports

Charles Barkley is worth listening to because he tells it bluntly, like he sees it. He doesn't have a hidden agenda.

"Competitive" is a very SUBJECTIVE term.. you can be competitive, and never win anything. THE MOST IMPORTANT thing is the league has to make a PROFIT, or it will go bust. They can work on "competitive" later.  

These negotiations haven't been about business in a long time- for the players, it's all about "swag"..."making the NBA give back something" and "respect"...For people that seem to demand "respect" so much, NBA players sure don't seem to understand much about it. If the NBA owners and commissioner are "greedy", "racists" and "plantation owners", they didn't just become why did the players work for them before ? I don't see any chains on players and I don't see many players quitting, so it's ok to "dance" for the man if he loses $300 million, but not if he makes a profit ?

I'll respect the NBA players a lot more when they stop acting like they are entitled, and are doing us a favor by playing hard for the last 6 minutes of 80 games a year, and start appreciating whatever the NBA ends up paying them...or, just walking away on principle and making a living some other (legal) way. I'd respect that...

I don't respect people that grew up in subsidized housing, pimping shoes that cost $200 to kids that can't eat regularly...acting all ghetto, while living in a $10 million home in the gated white suberbs...and calling businessmen that lost millions making players rich, greedy racists. 

Fans should contact Nike, Reebok, Gatorade, etc. and tell them we are boycotting all their products as long as they pay endorsements to NBA players...we appreciate their sponsorship of the NBA, and teams, but if they continue to pay these individual greedy-azz scumbags, they'll have to sell their products to them too.  These guys need to be tought a lesson in perspective-who pays them, and how appreciative they should be to make millions of dollars a year to play basketball... and how IT'S ALL-ABOUT-ME can turn into NO ONE PAYS ME ANYMORE pretty quickly. 


Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:46 pm

Charles Barkley talks lockout with CBS Sports

Who doesn't enjoy Charles? Even when he rags on a team he is honest and keeps it in perspective. Charles said he only made $5M his last year. says he made $9M that year (1999-2000). But he also is listed as making but $40M in his career which included 14 consecutive years of top 10 PER in the league. Contrast that to Jerome James who made $44M in just 10 years immediately following Charles' retirement. James lifetime PER was 10.6.

This conversation reinforces what we have been saying from the beginning. It is not the owners that are greedy but the players. The offer on the table for another hour and a half is far better than it should be and beginning tonight will be. Barkley's point is that the smaller markets must be competitive. The system issues are critical to achieve that. The choice is on the players - sign or shut up and we will see you next year - or not.

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