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Charles Barkley: NBA had bounties

Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:36 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 1:53 pm
 
The only way Barkley would have won a ring is if someone bountied Jordan. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver  

Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said that a "bounty system" -- purposefully injuring an opponent for monetary gain -- isn't exclusive to the NFL, where pay-for-hit has become a lead headline in the offseason.

Indeed, in a DanPatrick.com interview, the TNT commentator said he personally participated in a bounty during the 1980s.

"One time," Barkley said, before refusing to identity the target's name and team. "I can't tell you that... I can't incriminate myself."

Barkley's definition of a bounty is apparently a little bit different from the standard. In his version, the purposeful injury was a method for ensuring that the unwritten rules of the game were upheld rather than merely an attempt to knock a particular player out of action.  

"We were getting beat by 30 points, back in my Philadelphia [76ers] days," Barkley remembered. "I'm a firm believer, if a guy shoots a three, that you knock his ass as far in the stands as you possibly can. We were getting beat by 30 or 40, I can't remember. This guy was shooting threes and running up and down the court. I said, 'Hey, we've got to hurt that guy right there.'"

Barkley put the bounty amount at $5,000.

Regardless of the sport or the circumstances, Barkley felt like the bounty was something that should stay in the locker room and away from media scrutiny.

"People are clearly going to overreact to the bounty thing," he said. "You have to be a punk to snitch that out. That's like giving a reporter an anonymous quote." 

It's impossible to truly compare the NFL and NBA versions, obviously. In the NBA, there are so many different methods for enforcing unwritten rules or dealing with out-of-line behavior that don't involve maiming someone. There are hard, clean fouls. There is plenty of dead ball time to mill around and exchange thoughts without a line of scrimmage intervening. There's running your offense at a guy over and over to let him know he should chill out on the other end. There's purposeful trash talk that escalates to double technicals. There's pushing, shoving and "Hold me back!!!!" There's nose-to-nose staredowns. There's talking loads of trash to a guy while he's shooting a free throw. There's hard fouling the violator's superstar teammate to send a message. There's walking over a guy when he's on the ground to send a message. 

The list goes on and on. Even the most intense NBA games rarely, rarely get to the point where a bounty would serve any real purpose. Of course, no pads or helmets and no tackling helps too. From Barkley's description, it sounds like this was a fairly rare occurrence. That's a good thing.

The "non-injury" theatre just laid out is fairly entertaining, in a pro wrestling sort of way. It's also way better than watching someone get carted off the court due to injury. 

Hat tip: ProBasketballTalk
Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:55 pm
 

Charles Barkley: NBA had bounties

Hello Portalnd fan!



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:21 pm
 

Charles Barkley: NBA had bounties

I find Charles Barkley entertaining. Not always in a flattering way. Here is Charles:

"We were getting beat by 30 points, back in my Philadelphia [] days," Barkley remembered. "I'm a firm believer, if a guy shoots a three, that you knock his ass as far in the stands as you possibly can. We were getting beat by 30 or 40, I can't remember. This guy was shooting threes and running up and down the court. I said, 'Hey, we've got to hurt that guy right there.'"

Barkley put the bounty amount at $5,000.
And then he says
"People are clearly going to overreact to the bounty thing," he said. "You have to be a punk to snitch that out. That's like giving a reporter an anonymous quote."
Some people might say Charles just snitched that out. Not me. I just say Charles is entertaining. Remember, he is not a role model. The realities of the games turns some people away and for others makes them worthwhile. In basketball, unlike football, it is easy to hurt someone badly enough to end their career. Bruce Bowen and Metta World before he wanted to be called Peace are examples of players who have done this. Was there a bounty on Shaq when Bowen took him out? Makes you wonder. Or when Metta stepped on Brandon Roy's foot as he drove around a screen causing his career ending knee injury? If there was no bounty there must have been plenty of offers after the fact as Roy and the Blazers were upcoming challenges to the Lakers. It takes real skill to hurt someone and look like it was an accident. With Bowen and Peace this happened too many times to be accidental. But that is just my way of looking at it.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:14 pm
 

Charles Barkley: NBA had bounties

Right on, if you play a contact sport and there are bound to be big hits - bounty or not.


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Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:45 pm
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Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:04 pm
 

Charles Barkley: We had $5,000 bounty in NBA

How long has this bounty system been going on in the NFL? Don't tell me this is a recent development. I am sure it goes way back, which just points to the further pussification of the NFL. I'm fine with the NFL trying to make the sport safer. What I am not fine with is the way people cannot see context. The NFL players of old lived through this bounty stuff, none of the protection rules of today and less safe equipment to accomplish the things they did and put up the stats that they did. And they didn't even get paid the outrageous money of today to do it. Today, players are protected and coddled and therefore putting up record numbers, and the public and media are just hopping over themselves to put the "greatest of all time" label on the latest hot player, when the truth is that many of today's players might not even survive in the NFL of old. Getting a concussion or three, not uncommon in the past, would start giving anybody the jimmylegs and have them scared of shadows. In conclusion, until the NFL starts going the opposite direction and starts arming players instead of disarming them, Joe Montana is still and will always be the greatest of all time, and who knows how much greater he would have been if not for all those concussions - but that was part of the violent nature of the game...back then...before it became flag football.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:57 pm
 

Charles Barkley: NBA had bounties

This is why I was afraid of Charles as a child...But now I love him. Tough love Sir Charles.   


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