Charles Barkley predicts the Warriors will not repeat as NBA champions

We are just six weeks away from the start of the NBA playoffs and the Golden State Warriors have only lost six times all season. They've been virtually unbeatable, blowing out other championship contenders and simply dominating their opponents.

Golden State has also not lost at home all season, making history Monday by winning 45 straight games at Oracle Arena. Despite these accomplishments, the Warriors still have doubters. Like Charles Barkley, who apparently doesn't have faith that the Warriors can repeat as champions.

Barkley appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday and proclaimed that the Warriors wouldn't win the championship this year.

"They have a terrific team. They’ve been great for the NBA," Barkley told Colbert (at the 32-minute mark of the show). "I’m telling you right now. They’re not gonna win the championship this year."

This is not a new stance by Barkley. He said this last year and later admitted that he was wrong after Golden State defeated the Cavs in the NBA Finals. 

And while we don't know yet if Barkley's prediction will come true or not, it is a rather silly one to make. Golden State could win 73 games -- beating the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' record for most wins in a single season -- and they have Stephen Curry, the best shooter in the league and likely the winner of the 2016 MVP award. Anything could happen in the playoffs, but the Warriors are just too deep and talented to be discounted.

Barkley is obviously entitled to his opinion but he doesn't have a good track record when it comes to predictions. So don't be surprised if, like before, he ends up being wrong.

Barkley is very opinionated.
Charles Barkley is very opinionated. (USATSI)
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Ananth Pandian has been writing about all NBA-related things including the social and lifestyle aspect of the sport for CBS Sports since 2015. His name is actually easy to pronounce, just remember it is... Full Bio

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