I’ve been saying publicly for years why I think Charles Barkley is the worst person to put in front of a microphone whenever something substantive needs to be discussed. I have also publicly stated that I believe Barkley is the greatest power forward to ever play basketball and is the heart and soul of the best studio sports show in the history of the game. television.
Conflict consumes me, and this week has proven why.
Barkley made headlines on Monday after launching a rant about the “Grant and Danny” TV show on 106.7 The Fan on how “politically correct” people took the pleasure of doing their work on “Inside The NBA” on TNT.
Here are some excerpts:
“You can’t even have fun these days without these idiots trying to get you to cancel and things like that.”
“That’s all we’re talking about behind the scenes now, like, be careful not to go in that direction. I’m like, man, we can’t even have fun anymore. We’ve had fun all these years and now. , all of a sudden, for a year and a half, everyone’s been trying to get everyone fired and it’s really bad.
“One of my favorite phrases is, ‘We agree to disagree.’ I am not crazy. I don’t want you to be angry. We just disagree. But unfortunately this has been happening for a few years now. If people don’t agree with you, they’ll be fired.
Too often people label things as “politically incorrect” instead of addressing what is behind it, which is often the desire of others to do and be better. Barkley doesn’t want to evolve, grow and learn. He wants to be loved for what he is inconsequential.
In April, Barkley places the burden of racism on elected officials rather than real racists. In January, he said professional athletes should skip the line for COVID vaccines because they pay more taxes.
Last September, he ignorantly explained how he thought you couldn’t classify Breonna Taylor’s case with that of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. In 2019, he told former Axios reporter Alexi McCammond: “I don’t hit women, but if I did, I would hit you.” And in 2017, he told a room full of black women at the National Association of Black Journalists conference in New Orleans that they should not report sexual harassment / assault until they do. were not in a position of power in the workplace.
These are not examples of Barkley being the victim of “political correctness”. They are role models of a grown man who refuses to read a book or learn about what is and is not appropriate.
But then, Tuesday night arrived. And when “Inside the NBA” focused strictly on basketball as they discussed Kevin Durant’s historic performance, Barkley was spectacular in explaining why the Milwaukee Bucks were so bad in such a crucial game in the series, because his brutal honesty was refreshing and captivating. .
“It was embarrassing for basketball,” he said. “Losing this game, having this – like, you could tell they were going to lose the game at half-time. . . . When you do stupid stuff and it works, you keep doing stupid stuff.
“As Herm Edwards said, ‘You play to win the game.’ And that was one of the dumbest games, ”he continued.“ Dude, I’m so mad right now because they have a bunch of really good guys, and they’re playing it. idiot. And they deserved to lose this game. Well done to Kevin Durant and Jeff Green, but man, the other team had something to do with it. It was horrible basketball.
According to Axes, Durant’s 49 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, in 48 minutes of performance that gave the Nets a 114-108 win over the Bucks and a 3-2 lead in the series, gave him a score of match (a rough measure of a player’s productivity performance) of 50.4 – which is the third best in playoff history.
Want to guess who Durant is lagging behind?
Barkley, who had a (52.6) in the 1994 playoffs when he had a 56-point, 14-rebound performance against Golden State, and Damian lillard (55.9) after dropping 55 points – including 12 3 – and added 10 assists against the Nuggets a few weeks ago.
Check out this clip, because the player it contains is one of the greatest of all time. So, Chuck, we’re not hard on you, or “politically correct” in our desires for you to be better. We just want you to be as good with your words when talking about serious stuff like you are on the pitch.