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Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:51 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 9:59 pm
 
Charles Barkley isn't feeling the NBA's current quality of play. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

Charles Barkley is sorry that you, the NBA fan, are being subjected to this lockout-shortened season.

The loud-mouthed TNT commentator told ESPN Chicago that the quality of play during this 66-game season simply isn't up to snuff. Some of the comments, as transcribed by SportsRadioInterviews.com.
"As a NBA fan I want to apologize to the fans, I cannot believe how bad the NBA is right now, I’m a fan first and foremost, watching the NBA right now I’m embarrassed about the product we’re putting out there right now. It’s no fun for me to watch these games, I feel bad for the fans.

"There are probably ten teams worth watching on a nightly basis. They have all these built in excuse about it’s the lockout. Let me tell you something if these teams played once a week they would still suck. You watch one of these teams and they rested for a week they would still suck. I don’t know man. I feel bad for the fans."
Barkley, of course, is a known contrarian, and his critique simply doesn't pass the smell test.

As TrueHoop.com noted on Thursday, arena attendance is up while television ratings and internet traffic are both way up. In other words, Barkley is apologizing to a lot of people whose collective decision-making suggests they don't feel particularly aggrieved.

The numbers have been crunched, and scoring, offensive efficiency and shooting percentages are all down this season. The condensed schedule has led to some truly ugly abominations. The Charlotte Bobcats got blown out by 44-points on Wednesday night, for example, and the Orlando Magic went from juggernaught to downright unwatchable in less than a week.

But, by and large, the ugliness is masked very, very nicely by the sheer volume of games. One thing is for sure: no one is dwelling on individual games this season, there is simply no time for it. On to the next one, as Jay-Z might say. It's a way of life in this year's NBA.

Less rest days and more games means shorter memories for players and media but it also produces a new viewing experience for fans. Gone are the regular nights where there are but a handful of games to choose from. Even if, like Barkley says, only one/third of the league is worth watching, that's 10 teams. On any given night, 4-6 of those teams are liable to be playing, meaning the odds that there are at least two entertaining games to hold a fan's interest are pretty high.  There aren't many people in the United States who expect, or require, more than two good games per night from the league.

Apparently, Barkley is one of them. Or, he at least wants to pretend to be one of them. That's his perogative. But in a week that saw LeBron James jump over a human being during an alley-oop and Blake Griffin deliver one of the most memorable dunks in league history over a 30-hour timespan, his stance isn't convincing in the slightest.
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Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:31 am
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Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:14 am
 

Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

Most NBA fans have an IQ well below the number of crimes they've committed. Doesn't matter what the TV numbers say; there is still some pretty bad basketball being played.



Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:07 am
 

Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

Barkley is spot on! There are always memorable moments from every season but the level of play overall is not what we have been used to. The only thing that saves it is there is so much on.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:04 am
 

Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

Ben Golliver,

Barkely is apolologizing for the poor quality of play, he's talking about this...
 The numbers have been crunched, and scoring, offensive efficiency and shooting percentages are all down this season. The condensed schedule has led to some truly ugly abominations. The Charlotte Bobcats got blown out by 44-points on Wednesday night, for example, and the Orlando Magic went from juggernaught to downright unwatchable in less than a week. 
He's NOT talking about this...
As TrueHoop.com noted on Thursday, arena attendance is up while television ratings and internet traffic are both way up.
So in conclusion this statement...
Barkley, of course, is a known contrarian, and his critique simply doesn't pass the smell test.
Is utterly hogwash. Now who's being the contrarian? 

 



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:47 pm
 

Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

Thats because all the best players are on those 10 teams Chuck, blame the players and the commish for letting that happen!



Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:53 pm
 

Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

Saying

"Barkley, of course, is a known contrarian, and his critique simply doesn't pass the smell test. "

followed shortly by

"The numbers have been crunched, and scoring, offensive efficiency and shooting percentages are all down this season. The condensed schedule has led to some truly ugly abominations."

doesn't make sense.

the fact that
'arena attendance is up while television ratings and internet traffic are both way up."
doesn't matter. it doesn't have any direct correlation to the current quality of play. 

I like hoops, so I watch the NBA, and I've seen some pretty bad hoops this year.
 



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:16 pm
 

Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

charles barkley is not the spokesperson for the nba. he has ahightened version of his own importance.



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:02 pm
 

Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

LighteN up Barkley , We already know these so called Superstars would never be able to compete against the Birds , Magic and Jordan's of the World , the Nba has regressed that is true , but give these money grubbing bastards a break. !! LMAO


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