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Tag:Charles Barkley
Posted on: January 18, 2011 8:09 am
Edited on: January 18, 2011 8:11 am

Shootaround 1.18.2011: LeBron James' cartoon

LeBron James makes an animated series based on himself, Blake Griffin gets his technical foul rescinded and is called boring, Charles Barkley does the Dougie dance, and a whole lot more. Posted by Ben Golliver.  shootaround
  • The New York Times reports that there will be a new web-based animation series on starring "The LeBrons," the four different versions of himself crafted in the Nike commercials. James, the Miami Heat forward, says the series will help him pursue his childhood dream of being a superhero. "I think everybody, even grown-ups now, today all wish they could be a superhero. I definitely had that imagination of, like, wow, it would be great to look over a city and take down the bad guys. Absolutely, I had those visions."
  • Remember that fight between the Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers we mentioned yesterday? The NBA league office rescinded the technical fouls and ejections given to Ron Artest and Blake Griffin. The LA Times with the details, saying Artest will turn the found money into hamburgers. "I could've bought 10,000 In-N-Out Burgers. I rather would've done that than give it away. I'm going to get 10 burgers [after Monday's game]. I love In-N-Out. It's addicting. It's the only reason I'm here in L.A. If it wasn't for In-N-Out Burger, I probably would've gone to Memphis or something."
  • After his Orlando Magic lost to the Celtics in Boston on Monday night, WEEI reports that Dwight Howard told reporters, "The matchup is awesome,” said Howard, tongue firmly planted in cheek. “He won the victory tonight, but we will win the war." He, of course, is Shaquille O'Neal.
  • John Wall asked to be fined by coach Flip Saunders when he sulks, according to the Washington Post, so that he can turn himself into a more effective team leader.
  • Thunder forward Jeff Green left impressed by the Lakers, according to "They’re playing a lot better right now. They’ve got their rhythm. They’re the champions. They know when to turn it on."
  • The LA Times says Blake Griffin is a boring interview. His response: "I didn't know I was boring until I was told I was boring.''
  • Detroit Pistons rookie center Greg Monroe, who started slow this season, had a career-high 16 points against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. The Detroit News writes that teammate Tayshaun Prince was impressed. "Over the last three games, Greg has done a great job coming out and starting us off in the first couple minutes of the third quarter, getting some rebounds on both ends," said Prince. "Young fella's been playing great for us."
  • Yahoo! Sports believes the New Jersey Nets are losing face in their pursuit of Carmelo Anthony. "The Nets are behaving in a most desperate way and trying too hard to validate Prokhorov’s relevance in the sport. Anthony treats the Nets like the unattractive girl he refuses to tell his friends he’s seeing on the side. She walks past in the lunch room, tosses him a smile and ’Melo tells his friends he hasn’t an idea why she keeps doing that."
Posted on: January 6, 2011 9:59 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 10:05 pm

Charles Barkley rants on Carlson, Cam Newton blog

TNT commentator Charles Barkley ranted about Tucker Carlson, Michael Vick and a blog post about Cam Newton during halftime of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks game on Thursday night. Posted by Ben Golliver.

TNT commentator Charles Barkley, never one to mince words, was in fine form during halftime of a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, teeing off on Tucker Carlson, a political talking head who said Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick should be executed for mistreating dogs, and an unnamed blogger who claimed Barkley gave free Los Angeles Lakers tickets to Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

Barkley called Carlson an "idiot" and said that his comments on Vick were "total B.S." Barkley made the comments while on set with studio host Matt Winer and commentator Kenny Smith.

Here's a transcript. 
"There's some idiot on another station named Tucker Carlson, who called out Michael Vick. Number one, Michael Vick, we're all pulling for you, man. Keep doing your thing, you paid your debt to society, good luck to y'all in the playoffs. Tucker Carlson, who's a nobody, he used to work for us over here, we fired him, because he sucked. Now he goes over there ... He said Michael Vick should be executed, which is total B.S. TV is a very powerful thing, but you just can't get on here and say anything. He should have never said that. MIchael Vick paid his debt to society and we're all pulling for him. When I say I'm pulling for him, I mean the brothers." 
After that final comment, Barkley turned to Winer, who was guest-hosting for Ernie Johnson, and cracked, "And Matt, you're a brother. You're closer to being a brother than Ernie is."

Barkley then shifted gears to attack another "idiot," this time an unnamed blogger who claimed Barkley, an Auburn graduate, had illegally given Newton, who is preparing for Monday's BCS title game against the Oregon Ducks, tickets to a Los Angeles Lakers game. 

Here, again, is a transcript. 
"OK, there was a report out today by some idiot and I don't know his name because I don't blog at all. He accused me of breaking NCAA rules. That I gave Cam Newtown tickets to the Lakers game ... this guy is an idiot, I hope he doesn't have any kids. Because if the parents are idiots, you follow the kids, the kids are going to be idiots too. But, I did not give Cam Newton tickets to the game." 
"First of all, if [Newton] had called me, I would have got him tickets to the game. The guy won a Heisman Trophy and he's one of the greatest jocks I've ever seen at Auburn. He's right after me and Bo Jackson. He's right with Frank Thomas right now. But listen, dude, you can't just get on your blog, I don't read that crap, but I had to respond to it publicly today, you can't just come out and say what you want to. I did not get him tickets, I have never met Cam Newton, but if Cam Newton had called me I would have put him in the Laker locker room if he wanted to go."
After getting that off his chest, Barkley said, "OK, I'm good now. I'm good now," and the show went to a commercial break. Here's video of the rant.

Posted on: December 23, 2010 12:40 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:47 pm

Jordan's Bobcats add Charles Oakley as assistant

The Charlotte Bobcats have added owner Michael Jordan's long-time friend, Charles Oakley, as an assistant coach. Posted by Ben Golliver jordan-oakley

Michael Jordan and Charles Oakley go back a long time. Before getting traded to the New York Knicks, Oakley was famously Young Jordan's basketball bodyguard, an enforcer tasked with protecting the high-flying star from nightly drubbings. The pair teamed up briefly again during Jordan's comeback with the Washington Wizards, and they've long been known for their hard-partying off-court exploits.  On Thursday, Yahoo! Sports reports that Jordan has tabbed Oakley as one of the assistants to join interim head coach Paul Silas, on a staff which will reportedly also include Stephen Silas and Ralph Lewis.

At first glance, this looks like an uber-rich friend doing a favor for his rich friend, but this might not be the worst idea in the world. With former head coach Larry Brown departing so quickly after making comments about problems in the locker room, it's difficult to think of a better head-cracking enforcer than Oakley. If getting young players to behave and play harder is what's needed, nobody can scare some sense into them quite like Oakley, who made his reputation as a physical rebounder on the tough-as-nails Knicks teams of the 1990s.  I always thought Oakley could wind up as the single best high school security officer of all time, and that's pretty much what he'll be asked to do with the Bobcats, so this feels like a natural fit. To be honest, I'm sitting here at my desk, 3,000 miles away from Charlotte, afraid to cross the line on any more quips, lest Oakley hunt me down. If I was sitting next to him on the bench, or having him glower at me during practices, I would be giving 100 percent, no questions asked. Surely the Bobcats will fall in line. For Oakley, the position will require that he exercise a bit more prudence in his public comments. Earlier this week, in an interview with Miami radio station WQAM, for example, he referred to TNT commentator Charles Barkley as a "***hole" and cursed repeatedly, according to a transcript posted on  That kind of thing will get you fined right out of the league by NBA Commissioner David Stern. Charlotte isn't going anywhere anyway, so this move rates an A+ based on the potential entertainment factor alone.
Posted on: December 22, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:45 pm

Dwyane Wade says 'get me out of here' in new ad

Miami Heat all star guard Dwyane Wade says "get me out of here" in a new T-Mobile NBA commercial. Posted by Ben Golliver

In a clever new television commercial for T-Mobile, Miami Heat all star guard Dwyane Wade pokes fun at the rumor-driven nature of NBA player movement.  The spot, directed by filmmaker Spike Lee, is set in a classy hotel room, where Wade accidentally locks himself in the bathroom. Wade proceeds to use his phone to upload a video to the internet. In the video, he shouts, "get me out of here." As the video circulates, the context of his plea is lost and gets misrepresented as a trade demand. Miami fans freak out, Boston fans try to court him, fellow stars like Steve Nash make their pitch, and television commentators like Charles Barkley weigh in with their opinion. Here's video of the spot, via DimeMag on YouTube. No question this is a more daring commercial than Wade's recent Jordan Brand spot, which somewhat generically cast him as a futuristic superhero bringing a title back to Miami. Indeed, TrueHoop quotes Wade saying that the Heat had to approve the spot, given its joking reference to the trade demand. 
"Oh yeah," says Wade. "[The Heat] had to approve the ad. They're fine. And when the commercial ends you see I was trying to get out of the bathroom. They know I'm not trying to go anywhere. Being locked in for the next six years kind of helped that." 
This spot indirectly speaks to Wade's credibility and the importance of Miami as his only professional team, as you can watch the advertisement without feeling like your skin is crawling. Replace Wade with LeBron James, for example, and imagine the negative outcry.  Being free to joke about changing NBA teams without repercussions, it seems, is a luxury as rare as a no-trade clause. 
Posted on: December 2, 2010 8:39 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:12 pm

LeBron James chalk toss in Cleveland video

LeBron James tossed the talc chalk into the air during pre-game introductions before the Miami Heat faced the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans arena. Posted by Ben Golliver There was a question all week hanging over LeBron James' return to Cleveland as a member of the Miami Heat: would he toss the chalk in the air prior to the game like he usually does? Former teammate Shaquille O'Neal wanted to know whether James would do it in front of so many angry fans. During the pre-game show on TNT, studio analyst Charles Barkley dared James to toss the powder. James said earlier in the week that he "probably" would and that it was his "ritual," and to no surprise, James did indeed throw up the talc prior to Thursday night's game. Here's the quick video of LeBron James tossing up the chalk in front of Cleveland Cavaliers fans. James was met with a chorus of boos from the entire Quicken Loans arena during his entry to the court and during player introductions, so it was no surprise that he was heavily booed during the chalk toss as well.  Click here for the full LeBron James introduction in Cleveland video. Click here to see James and the Miami Heat being booed as he enters the court and during introductions.
Posted on: November 16, 2010 2:08 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 2:09 pm

Barkley, Kenny and Marv to work March Madness

Posted by Royce Young

March Madness is already amazing. It's pretty much the most perfect sporting event each year. College basketball itself has its issues (this is not the time to debate the NBA v. NCAA), but the tournament is what we all wait for. And of course it culminates with the Final Four, the mecca of college hoops.

And with the NCAA's expansion of the tournament, CBS has teamed with TNT to broadcast every game nationally. Good news for us. And more good news? The TNT guys will be part of it all. Yep, that means Marv Albert, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley will all be chipping in to the NCAA tournament coverage.

President of CBS Sports Sean McManus and Turner Sports marketing executive David Levy held a press conference announcing all the changes Tuesday and Sports Business Daily was there. Asked how the Turner talent will be used McManus said, "The more we can use of Charles [Barkley], the better." Levy also said Turner is interested in expanding its coverage to regular season college basketball and football, if it makes "financial sense."

So get excited to hear Barkley talk about Kyle Singler, Harrison Barnes and probably a lot about Auburn. There's no doubt it will be good because you could have Kenny and Chuck sit behind a table and talk about their favorite 16th century poets and it would be good television.

Now if they can just put Gus Johnson, Kenny and Chuck together for a broadcast? Well, then I think all my wildest dreams will have come true.
Posted on: October 26, 2010 7:12 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 8:03 pm

Barkley calls LeBron commercial "waste of money"

Posted by Matt Moore

Charles Barkley will pretty much be hounding LeBron James all-season because, well, that's Chuck. But particularly, Charles had trouble with the commercial James dropped earlier this week (which also gave him a shoutout, wink). With that in mind, here's video of Barkley's reaction to the now-infamous commercial.

Ouch. Barkley claims that no one dislikes LeBron James beyond the decision. I'm not sure that's true. There's been enough hate tossed at him before The Decision for the hype given towards him. Then it went nova when James teamed up with two other stars. To say people don't mind what he did as a free agent, that's just not accurate. Don't believe that? Check Twitter .

No one denies James handled The Decision poorly, except LeBron. But there are forces at work here that descend deep into the depths of how we consider athletes, their power, and celebrity. Everyone in Cleveland has a right to hate James. But Barkley should realize that the problem goes far beyond Ohio.
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:15 am

Barkley on Favre: "They got him right now."

Posted by Royce Young

Everybody's favorite (or least favorite, depending on perspective) NBA commentator was on David Letterman last night and to no one's surprise, said interesting things.

One topic Barkley talked at length about was Brett Favre and his situation. Barkley put it simply, "They got him right now, boy." Have a watch:

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