Tag:Charles Barkley
Posted on: August 1, 2011 5:19 pm

Charles Barkley's advice for Tiger Woods

Posted by Ben Golliver. 


On Friday, we noted that Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan had some advice for disgraced golfer Tiger Woods. Jordan's advice was very Jordan-esque: turn the game into your personal therapy. 

Turns out that Jordan isn't the only Basketball Hall of Famer and amateur golfer with ideas on how Woods can pull his life together after getting divorced, firing his caddy and dealing with injuries. TNT commentator Charles Barkley told Portland, Oregon's 750 AM that he is "very concerned" about Woods, who he believes is making "a lot of bad decisions." 

Barkley then offered Woods some very Barkley-esque advice: fire all the kiss asses.
"I have not been able to help Tiger at all. I'm concerned about Tiger. I wish him the best. He's like a brother to me. I wish him the best. But I'm very concerned about him to be honest with you. 

"I feel bad. I do, I just feel bad for Tiger. He's like a brother to me. He's making a lot of bad decisions and it's unfortunate.

"One of the keys to being successful is surrounding yourself with people who are always going to be honest. You've got to understand, most people who are around you [when you're famous] work for you or are just kiss asses... That's a major problem. You need to surround yourself with good people who are not going to kiss your ass and tell you what you want to hear. Who are always going to be honest.

"That's a really, really big problem especially when you're in the limelight. Because the people around you work for you, they want you to buy the dinners all the time, buy the drinks... you have to have a group around you that will tell you that what you're doing is wrong and help you make good decisions."

From the tone of Barkley's comments, it's clear that he, like Jordan, feels a fraternal bond with Woods. Whereas Jordan appeared to challenge Woods' competitive desire by calling him a "wounded dog" and saying that he has been "very fragile", Barkley takes a more sympathetic tact here, lamenting the fact that he hasn't been able to help Woods in his time of need.

Whether or not Woods realizes it, he's lucky to have Jordan and Barkley. Both have experienced the exhilarating highs and embarrasing lows that come with immense superstardom and scrutiny. Their advice not only comes from the heart, it comes from an experienced vantage point.

But who knows if Woods is listening.
Posted on: July 14, 2011 7:45 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 6:49 am

Shaq: Heat will be back, LeBron hate was fair

Shaquille O'Neal guarantees that the Miami Heat will return to the NBA Finals and says the harsh treatment of LeBron James was fair. Posted by Benshaq-chuck Golliver.

The last time the Miami Heat won a title, Shaquille O'Neal was playing alongside Dwyane Wade. The next time the Heat compete for a ring? O'Neal will be weighing in from the studio.

And one of O'Neal's first acts after officially signing up to join the TNT crew, the Sun-Sentinel reports, was to guarantee that the Heat will make a return trip to the NBA Finals after losing the 2011 title to the Dallas Mavericks in six games.
“They just came up against a team and it was their turn,” he said. “Dirk played unbelievable. They played together. I just think it was their turn.

“Michael Jordan told me a long time ago that before you succeed you must first learn to fail. This was the Big Three’s first time together and they made it very far and they are going to be together for a long time.

“I’m guaranteeing they will get back.”

Lest you think O'Neal is going to be a homer for his old club, BusinessInsider.com points outthat he also came to the defense of those who criticized LeBron James this season, painting all the hatred as a rite of passage for top-level stars and saying the criticism James absorbed was understandable. 
"I would not characterize it as unfair because, like I said, it happened to everyone," he said. "It happened to [Michael] Jordan when he went to Atlantic City to get away from the game. It happened to Barkley. It happened to [Dennis] Rodman. It happened to Magic [Johnson]. It happens to everybody. If it just started this year I would call it unfair, but I've been in the game for 20 years and I've seen similar stories."
O'Neal will be teaming with former players Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley in his new role. All three have silly sides to their personalities, which could get overwhelming at times. But "Serious Shaq" is not someone we are exposed to all that often, and his experience as a top-flight player, entertainer and celebrity will be invaluable for the casual fan. 

While Barkley has always kept it completely real, he never won a title and more time has passed since he left the league. In Shaq, the NBA viewer will have a thoroughly modern mega-star who has lived through everything -- the good, bad and ugly -- that the 21st century athlete/global icons deal with on a daily basis. His treatment of the Heat's James and Dwyane Wade will be particularly interesting to follow because he will speak from a position of authority and experience that is totally unique in the basketball world. Part Godfather, part older brother, part clown, part mogul, part movie star. 

Just as Shaq was born to dominate on the basketball court, he was born to commentate off of it.

Posted on: June 27, 2011 2:58 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2011 11:08 am

Barkley: NBA needs 'miracle' to avoid lockout

Charles Barkley says it will take a "miracle" to avoid an NBA lockout. Posted by Ben Golliver charles-barkley

The latest dispatch on the NBA's labor negotiations from CBSSports.com's Ken Berger doesn't sound particularly promising. Berger writes that the two sides will need to feel "the pain of a work stoppage" before negotiations pick up and notes that a source involved in previous NBA labor negotiations says, "It's going to be ugly." One person who would co-sign all of that: television commentator and Naismith Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. In an interview with ESPN Radio New York, transcribed by Sports Radio Interviews, Barkley forecasts doom and gloom, and blames the Miami Heat.
"I’m not saying this because I’m in the NBA, if you go back and look, David Stern has been the best commissioner in sports the last 25 years. It would take a miracle on his part not to have a lockout and I truly believe that. I think there’s going to be a lockout, I think the owners are dug in, I think they want to send a message to these players.

"I think they’re really upset by this LeBron James / Chris Bosh situation, because their teams don’t have to be really good, but I feel like if they have a star in their market they can make some money. And if all the stars want to play together… we’re almost becoming like baseball where you’ve got a few good teams and the rest of them stink."
It's difficult to buy everything that Barkley is selling here.

There's no question that limiting or restricting star player movement is a top priority for the owners. If a few more major free agency classes go the way of the 2010 class, the NBA could really be staring at a monumental divide between the haves and have nots.

But we're not there yet. We just wrapped up the most exciting playoffs in ages, when upstarts like the Memphis Grizzlies arrived on the scene, young, small-market teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder did major damage, and a carefully constructed roster of veterans, the Dallas Mavericks, took home the crown. The star-swamped New York Knicks were swept out of the first round, the Heat collapsed in the Finals and the Los Angeles Lakers embarrassed themselves after getting eliminated in the second round. A huge number of teams (Chicago, Boston, Miami, Dallas, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Los Angeles, maybe even Orlando) entered the playoffs feeling as if they had a legit shot to win a title. Prognosticating for next season, it's similarly wide open. At least seven or eight teams have a decent shot at winning it all.  

To summarize: player movement isn't yet at a crisis point, but it's smart for Barkley and others to look further into the future. The NBA, like most professional sports leagues, is a copycat league. The Heat's blueprint worked flawlessly right up until they choked two games short of the title. They'll be in the championship mix for at least the next five years. That's a plan worth emulating. Establishing some stiffer checks and balances, given that set of circumstances, is logical and prudent.
Posted on: June 14, 2011 3:21 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 3:37 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

Posted by Royce Young

Another day, another chance for Charles Barkley to talk about the Miami Heat. To recap so far:
  • He's hammered on LeBron for The Decision all year.
  • He made fun of the welcome party.
  • He called them a "whiny bunch" twice.
  • He flipped off a group of Heat fans.
  • He told Heat fans he's got a better life than them because, I'm paraphrasing, "they all work at McDonald's."
That's just some of it. Barkley hasn't taken the Heat lightly at all this year so with them falling short in the NBA Finals, Barkley has gone on basically every radio show that's asked him and ripped on them a little more while they're down.

First up, LeBron's comments saying about his critics, "At the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today." As he told WIP Philadelphia with Howard Eskin and Ike Reese:
"I do feel bad. I tell you LeBron is a good guy who said some stupid stuff. He is a good dude and he is going to get crucified. He deserves some of it. He does deserve some of it, but I do feel bad because he is going to get crucified. He’s a good dude who says stupid things sometimes. He shouldn’t have said to the public.”
The host then said, "His comments demean 99 percent of his fans that don’t have the kind of money that he has?" Barkley's response:
“Listen, LeBron is a really good dude who has not made a bunch of very good of statements in the last year. The thing that has really bothered me about this team is they would never admit they made any mistakes. Dwyane [Wade] is a great guy and LeBron [James] is a great guy, but they actually don’t think they’ve done anything wrong. That’s what makes me laugh about this whole scenario.”
Barkley does a pretty good job of not taking on that question directly because if he had and subsequently ripped LeBron for it, well, he would've been quite the double-talker. Because he said virtually the EXACT same thing with his McDonald's comment. Barkley's line about LeBron can really be applied to himself as well. He's a good dude who says stupid things sometimes. Heck, that kinds of describes most of us, myself included.

Barkley was then asked about LeBron's tweet that said, "The Greater Man upstairs knows when it's my time. Right now isn't the time."
“God is a Dallas Mavericks fan! Howard, I hate that. I hate that more than anything in the world because the notion that God has a favorite team. I think that is one of the most…I hate when guys say that. You thank the Lord for having great health, but the notion that the Lord likes one team better than the other. I hate when guys say that. That’s just stupid."
Yeah, that's not at all what LeBron meant. The guy can't catch a break for anything. Kevin Durant has said almost the exact same things and people just go awwwwwww. LeBron lives in a different world, but people have taken that tweet and slayed him for it.

Host: Isn't that another way to not take responsibility?
"Yeah no question. I wish LeBron…I wish he would say ‘Hey you know what congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks. They played fantastic. Congratulations. We had a good season, but we got to get better and I got to play better.’ That would have been the perfect tweet. You congratulate the Mavs and you say ‘You know what? We had a good season. We had a good season, not a great season, but I’ve got to get better.’ I was doing an interview earlier today and the guy said ‘What would you tell LeBron James?’

I said tell him to get his ass down in the post and learn to post up because right now I’m not even sure what position he plays. Let’s take away all this noise going on. As a basketball player I’m like for a guy that big and that strong to be standing out there and jacking up jumpers all night. It’s like ‘Dude take your big strong ass down on the box and post up!’ He would get ‘X’ amount of points on the fast break finishing, but he’s got to learn how to post up. He’s a big ole’ strong boy like every time he shoots a jumper the defense is like ‘Thank you lord. Thank you for making him shoot a jumper because I don’t want that big coming at me full speed.’"
That's just a taste of Barkley's thoughts on the Heat. And I'm sure it won't be his last word either.
Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:16 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 8:28 pm

Charles Barkley wants to own NBA team

Hall of Famer Charles Barkley says he is interested in owning an NBA team. Posted by Ben Golliver. charles-barkley

First you get the money, then you get the power.

Former NBA star and current television personality Charles Barkley is arguably the league's most prominent media voice. But Barkley says he has set his sights higher.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Barkley is interested in joining an ownership group of an NBA team, something that he has considered in the past.
"I don't have enough money to be like a Michael [Jordan] and take complete control of an organization," he said, alluding to Jordan's role as majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. "But it would be fun to, like whether it was in Philadelphia or Phoenix, to put a few million dollars in and be not a speaking owner but just a fun, good investment." 

When asked if he had ever been invited to be part of an ownership group to buy the Sixers, Barkley said there were preliminary talks a few years ago.

"The last group that tried to put something together, but that fell through, I had preliminary conversations with them," he said. "I don't know anything about the new group."
Barkley uses the word "fun" to describe this dream of his, and that's all it would really be. Without majority control, he or any part-owner doesn't have final say on the direction of the franchise, plans for a stadium, roster moves, the hiring and firing of executives, and the like.

But NBA ownership is an elite club, and being able to refer to yourself as a part-owner is still an amazing bragging right, something reserved for the Michael Jordans and Magic Johnsons of the world. Would it meaningfully change Barkley's life? Who knows. He already enjoys a monstrous amount of fame, plays golf whenever he wants and is one of the most well-respected voices in the sport. But his decades of playing basketball, talking basketball and pitching products gives him the luxury of pursuing his every whim.

Posted on: June 9, 2011 12:51 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 12:59 pm

Barkley rips the Heat again

Posted by Royce Young

Charles Barkley made it pretty clear that he wasn't a friend of the Heat and their fans when he gave them the tall finger as they chanted "F--- you Chuck!" after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

But it looks like he's upping the ante.

Talking on the Waddle and Silvy Show in Chicago, Barkley didn't just call out the Heat, but their fans too.

"Yeah they have the worst fans. No question. It's not even loud in there. You're at the game and you are like, 'Man this place isn't even loud.' At least when you go to Chicago, it's loud in there, it's crazy down in Dallas but it's not even loud in Miami."

And then Barkley decided to double down. He said he doesn't root against the Heat, but definitely doesn't root for them. He picked against them in the Eastern Finals and said he'd do it again. Sort of.

"Listen, if the Miami Heat were playing the Washington Generals I would pick the Washington Generals," Barkley said with a chuckle. "It's something about that team that annoys me.

"They just a whiny bunch and I can't root for them."

Two times now Barkley has labeled the Heat a "whiny bunch." He must really mean that one.

I wouldn't say the Heat have the worst fans, but I was in the arena for Games 1 and 2 and he's right -- it wasn't very loud. Miami fans just aren't that invested it seems. They don't live and die quite as much with every shot. It's a good fanbase and a group that supports the team. They're just not actively involved in the game.

As for picking the Washington Generals over them? Is that with or without LeBron James showing up?
Posted on: May 25, 2011 5:27 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 5:28 pm

Barkley: Nike told him to chill about LeBron

Posted by Royce Young

Charles Barkley hasn't been getting along with the Heat lately. He called them "whiny," made his commercial buddy Dwyane Wade mad, had fans throw and chant things at him and then flipped them off.

So yeah, not everyone's getting along. And now one of LeBron's cash cows is chiming in, according to Barkley. Via the Miami Herald:
 “I don’t know if Dwyane’s upset with me, but I don’t sit around and worry about it.” He said LeBron James hasn’t said anything to him. “These athletes today are all wussified,” Barkley said. “I’ve been saying LeBron’s been the best player in the league for three years. And I say one thing criticizing The Decision, and I get a phone call from Nike saying why don’t I like LeBron? It’s interesting how this [expletive] works. These groups today, if you don’t say 100 percent positive about their guy or their team, they overreact.”
Nike, you see, is protective of LeBron. Remember when they confiscated the video of Jordan Crawford dunking on him at a basketball camp? So you can imagine how they'd handle someone saying mean things about him.

I don't blame them though. That's their guy. He makes them money. Of course they'd defend and stick up for him. Still a little bit weird though. Right?
Posted on: May 23, 2011 2:55 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 7:37 am

Heat fans chant at Barkley, he returns the finger

Posted by Royce Young

I don't really know why Heat fans might be upset with Charles Barkley. Maybe it's because of his recent little spat with Dwyane Wade where he called the Heat a "whiny bunch." Maybe, oh I don't know, he said something else in the past 10 months that they haven't forgotten. Maybe it's because he picked the Bulls.

Whatever the case, they vocalized some level of displeasure for him after Game 3 in Miami.

TNT's studio team broadcast postgame outside of American Airlines Arena and the crowd behind started chanting at Barkley and even threw what appeared to be a balled up t-shirt at him. Barkley, being Barkley, returned serve by flipping off the crowd behind him. Are you really all that surprised? Here's video of the event (with a warning that there's profanity throughout the clip):

The Sun Sentinel reports that TNT will be moving their studio show indoors for Game 4 to avoid a repeat of the scene outside. Barkley went on Miami radio and talked about the incident:
"You know those people can yell and scream but they don't have the hair on their (butt) to grab me," he said. "They don't have enough hair on their (butts) to walk up to me man to man and say, 'Let's do this.'

"All that yelling and screaming just makes me laugh, man."

"They were telling me I suck," he said. "They were telling me I never won a championship. Like, 'Come on, give me something better than that, dude.'

"I always laugh at that statement, 'You didn't get a ring.' I'm like, 'Dude, you work at McDonald's.' My life's a lot better than yours. You relax.'"
Good comeback, Chuck. I always love the "I'm better than you" response.

Wade added to it when asked about the incident, taking the fans' side. "Charles got a little frustrated with it. Good for them." I'm sure he hasn't forgotten the whiny comment either.

Of course earlier in the game a Heat fan heckled Joakim Noah so much that Noah responded with an apparent gay slur directed at the fan. Game 3 was quite eventful for Heat fans.

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