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.
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:36 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
The NBA can be a nepotistic, incestuous place, with former players finding themselves -- or their family members -- jobs as coaches, assistant coaches, team executives, league executives, team ambassadors, and, of course, commentators.
That final occupation is where basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has made a fabulous second career, carving out a niche as the league's most popular and recognizable television voice on TNT.
The high-visibility position and the respect Barkley has around the league gives him a unique perch during the ongoing labor negotiations. Barkley has predicted for months that the NBA and its players will be unable to resolve their ongoing labor negotiations in time to save the 2011-2012 season and it sounds like he isn't totally comfortable where he is sitting right now.
ESPNChicago.com reports that Barkley recently told a Chicago-area radio station that he is considering donating his salary to charity during the lockout.
To be clear, Barkley is not framing this as a solidarity move with the current players. He's not saying: "I won't make money off of their labor struggle" or "I won't get paid until they get paid."
Posted on: September 19, 2011 3:23 pm
By Matt Moore
It's time for this week's "Notable/Funny Thing Charles Barkley Said" post. The man gives good soundbyte when he gets his oil changed. Anyway, he was on an ESPN show last week and the conversation turned to the Heat. First Barkley talked about his relationship with Dwyane Wade after all the criticism, then he turned his attention to LeBron James. As transcribed by ESPN's Heat Index:
Have you done real damage to your friendship, to your relationship with Dwyane Wade? Is there real damage done there by your criticism?via Charles Barkley's tip to LeBron: Loosen up - Heat Index Blog - ESPN.
So Wade is "whiny" and LeBron takes himself too seriously. As long as you're not fanning the flames, Chuckster.
The LeBron point is something that's been talked about at various times. James struggles with a sense of humor about himself, with only really the Nike ad being a point at which he mocked "The Decision." Even that had a hint of defensiveness in it ("They're my friends!"). And his self-awareness of who he is and what he's supposed to be by both popular definition and his own bragging (see: back tattoo) leads to him being unable to be in the moment.
If we want to really get out there in terms of contextual discussion, what Barkley's saying is that James needs to embrace a more Eastern set of philosophies, including living in the moment. He needs to become unaware of what hitting a shot in the clutch does or does not mean, what it looks like, or how he should pose for the cameras.
As far as him talking to those older legends? I'm not sure how that conversation would go, but Michael Jordan is about the last person you can turn to for advice, considering he believes no one could touch him then, or now.
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:54 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 3:59 pm
By Matt Moore
You've no doubt by now heard about the report from... wait for this one... the National Inquirer quoting an upcoming unauthorized biography of Sarah Palin (Deadspin.com brought it to mainstream knowledge). The Inquirer reported that Rice confirmed a sexual encounter with Palin in 1987. We haven't covered it since Rice hasn't been in the league since 2004 and this has nothing to do with basketball. But since if it's anything about anything, Charles Barkley will talk about it, and since, let's be honest, Charles Barkley is never lacking in entertainment value, we thought we'd pass along Barkley's comments about the whole thing Friday. Let's just say Chuck's a little jealous of Glen's, er... relationship. From Sports Radio Interviews:
“You know I have a thing for Sarah Palin, I do. I think she’s hot! I wouldn’t vote for her, but she is hot now. I’m talking both. I’ve always said, ‘I’ve got a crush on Sarah Palin.’ I would never vote for her. I always vote democratic because I think you have a better chance of helping poor people if you vote democratic. But, I’ve always had a thing for Sarah Palin. When I read that… Glen Rice is my new hero! He’s my new hero. You know she just moved in my neighborhood and I haven’t had a chance to meet her. I stay in Philadelphia in the summer, and I go back to Arizona when it starts getting cold. That cold is creeping up on me. I’m talking 50 or 60 degrees. So, I’m heading back to Arizona soon and I look forward to meeting Sarah Palin. Hey listen if that story is true, more power to Glen Rice.”via Sports Radio Interviews » Blog Archive » Charles Barkley on Glen Rice-Sarah Palin Rumors: “When I read that… Glen Rice is my new hero!”.
So there you go. Glen Rice is now a hero to the people, or at least to Hall of Fame power forwards and current television studio hosts, in the event that he actually slept with Sarah Palin who isn't running for president and is... what is she doing now, anyway? Also, this happened 24 years ago.
But there you go. Breaking news.
Open the comment zoo!
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 12:40 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
In a curious turn for one of basketball's most beloved personalities and all-time greats, Hall of Fame forward Charles Barkley will not appear in the upcoming NBA 2K12 video game. NBA 2K12 will feature 15 NBA legends, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Barkley's former teammate with the Philadelphia 76ers, Julius Erving.
Kotaku.com reports that game maker 2K Sports negotiated with Barkley about appearing in the game but that a deal was not able to be reached.
"There's no doubt in our minds that Charles is and should always be a key part of the conversation as it relates to who are the NBA's Greatest players of all time," a 2K Sports spokesperson told Kotaku. "We have a very positive relationship with Sir Charles and while we were unable to include him in-game this year for a variety of reasons, we share everyone's hope that he may one day appear in our game."But why?
Of the possible explanations presented, money makes the most sense, by far.
Barkley has a healthy ego, but he's not delusional. It's dfficult to imagine he would play the, "Put me on the cover of this game with Jordan, Bird and Magic or I'm not doing it" card. And disputes over the licensing of NBA players are nothing new; Jordan himself has been involved in them for at least a decade, if not longer, and reportedly did not appear in any games from 2004 until last year's NBA 2K11 for licensing reasons.
That Barkley is the only obvious legend missing -- indeed, we called his early-1990s Suns teams the game's biggest snub last week -- is pretty disappointing. Not only are the Suns compromised, but the 1985 76ers, with Erving leading the way, will be lacking the younger, more ferocious Barkley. Weak.
Barkley's "round mound of rebound" game and oversized personality are what video game dreams are made of. A natural born populist, it's not often that Barkley finds himself cast in the role as the guy who let everyone down. Who knows? Maybe he will find a roundabout way to blame this on Kenny Smith.
Posted on: August 20, 2011 11:30 am
Posted by Ben Golliver.
The "Will he or won't he?" question has lingered for months around Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, as his flirtations with clubs in Turkey and China have led people to wonder whether he will play professionally overseas during the ongoing NBA lockout.
If you're skeptical that an aging Bryant coming off of a knee injury and with the richest per-year contract in the NBA on the books already would actually take the plunge overseas if a work stoppage took place, you're in good company. Basketball Hall of Famer and television commentator Charles Barkley couldn't agree more.
Speaking during a radio interview with XX Sports Radio in San Diego -- transcribed by SportsRadioInterview.com -- Barkley made it clear he wasn't buying into the Turkey talk.
In a totally free-market, global basketball economy, there's no question that Bryant's starpower and fame make him the most valuable player in the world from a financial perspective. The only player in the same stratosphere is Miami Heat forward LeBron James, but Bryant is more well-established, has a longer track record of winning and plays in a bigger market. He's the Alpha Dog, no question about it.
But this summer's long courtship between Bryant and his international suitors is only serving to remind us all that the Lakers remain the Alpha Dog franchise globally. Even the top reported offers to Bryant would pay him just a small fraction of his future salary with the Lakers. His financial best interest is -- and will continue to be until he retires -- in Los Angeles. There's a mutually beneficial relationship between Bryant, the Lakers and the city that simply can't be replicated anywhere else.
That doesn't mean Bryant can't cash in on his fame during a work stoppage. But, as Barkley and many others have noted, doing so in a professional, competitive setting would be extremely counterproductive in the bigger picture.
Posted on: August 12, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 4:30 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
The ongoing NBA lockout has Shaquille O'Neal stuck in an awkward purgatory between "ruining the Boston Celtics' season" and "getting paid to make fun of Kenny Smith on a full-time basis".
How is O'Neal spending his days now that he's retired from the NBA as a player but not yet able to offer television commentary? By dabbling in Mixed Martial Arts, of course.
O'Neal joined a panel of fringe characters who operate on the margins of society on HDNet's Inside MMA program to discuss who he would like to take on in an MMA fight. Who made up O'Neal's hit list? A bunch of the usual suspect -- retired power forwards -- and one surprise: O'Neal's most recent boss, the President of the Boston Celtics.
"I don't know about this new NBA," O'Neal said. "I'm going to answer that with some old school players. Charles Oakley, definitely. [Charles] Barkley, [Karl] Malone, Xavier McDaniel and I'm going to throw a white guy in there. Who should I pick for a white guy? Not Larry Bird. I'm going to go with Danny Ainge. Because Danny Ainge one time bit Tree Rollins' finger almost off."
There was one current player who O'Neal could see entering the ring.
"Ron Artest, you know you could probably put in there," O'Neal said. "But other than that, I'm not sure."
Here's the video of O'Neal's appearance courtesy of YouTube user HDNetFights.
Hat tip: Los Angeles Times
Posted on: August 12, 2011 3:41 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 3:45 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Thursday Dwight Howard was a guest host on BET's 106 & Park and in between being his usual wacky self, Howard was asked to bust out a few impressions. He did LL Cool J, Biggie Smalls, Arnold Schwarzenegger and then busted out what I thought was a pretty terrific Charles Barkley.
And while doing his best Chuck (points for not going the tired "That's turrible! Just turrible!" route), Howard made sure to make fun of LeBron's slowly retreating hairline.
"Listen. LeBronnnnn James, listen. Listen. Everybody listen. LeBronnn James... is the best player... without a hairline." This of course is the second time Howard has made it a point to make fun of LeBron's hairline.
Howard, while laughing, then said he loves LeBron and that he's his "boy" and that they like to joke sometimes. You don't got to explain it to me Dwight. It's cool.
And for good measure, Howard then tried his hand at a LeBron impression. Underbite and all. "My name's LeBron James," he said. "I'm gonna go get my powder and throw it up." Clever.
Dwight Howard, lockout comedian. Good heavens let this thing end.
Via I Am A GM