Tag:Charles Barkley
Posted on: October 19, 2010 12:57 pm

Heat Stroke:TNT doesn't travel...except for Heat

Popular studio show goes on the road to cover LeBron as media frenzy continues. Posted by Matt Moore

"Inside the NBA " is arguably the best... no, sorry, it is the best NBA studio show on television. And it's not even close and we all know it. The combination of personality, style, analysis, and discussion that the show puts together is unmatched and it is quite literally must-see TV for any huge NBA fan. And it's almost always held in the comfy confines of the TNT studios, except for All-Star weekend and the Conference Finals.

But then, this is no ordinary season.

TNT has announced that it's taking its show on the road for... you guessed it, two Heat games this year. The crew will be in Boston for the season opener October 26th (only a week you guys!) as Miami faces the Celtics, and they'll travel to Cleveland on December 2nd for the near-riot when LeBron James returns to Cleveland. You can expect a lot of Charles Barkley bad-mouthing LeBron during both of these shows while Kenny Smith probably takes a more eloquent approach at criticism and Ernie laughs slightly uncomfortably.

Of course, for all the talk of how the Miami Triad team-up was bad for the sport, or in poor consideration, or whatever, the fact remains that TNT will still be there, making money off of the public attention garners even as he's hated, as this team continues to crossover into unforseen depths of media focus. It's a cash cow, even if some are slashing at the udders while they milk.
Posted on: October 1, 2010 3:33 pm

Barkley weighs in on LeBron's race comment

Posted by Royce Young

In a radio interview today with WIP in Philadelphia (click that link to listen to the interview), Charles Barkley was on talking about Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick and of course, was asked about LeBron's race comments. Here's Barkley's initial comments transcribed by Sports Radio Interviews:
"It's like watching a movie. Just when you think it couldn't get any stupider, it gets more stupid."
Yeah, I thought of the Dumb and Dumber line too. But Sir Charles has never been one to hold back on his words and he's already been critical of LeBron and his decision to sign with the Heat. So obviously, these comments from Barkley shouldn't come as a surprise. He went on, this time commenting on LeBron making more bad decisions:
“Howard I’m telling you. Sometimes you just say he’s making bad decisions and you’re like okay, he’s gonna get it together. Then he makes more bad decisions. The thing that’s interesting about LeBron, I don’t think Magic, Michael, and myself, we said we wouldn’t have did it. That’s not a criticism. We were asked a question. I don’t want to play with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, or Michael, I want to beat them. That’s strictly basketball. The only criticism I’ve heard about LeBron and it was my biggest criticism, that decision thing was just stupid. It was stupid. The second thing when they all came out there dancing around on stage, that was silly.

That’s the only thing I’ve heard LeBron get criticized about. That has nothing to do with race. That’s what makes this last thing so stupid. That’s stupid. The only criticism of LeBron has been the decision and the one hour of our life that we can’t have back. And ESPN, oh my God. Oh my God. To go down to training camp and report everyday is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen. I’m watching yesterday and one of the guys actually said LeBron looked fierce in practice. I’m like fierce in practice? What the hell does that mean? He was fierce in the second day of training camp. You’re like come on man, he really didn’t say that did he. This summer with LeBron and all the stuff that went on is like a bad movie. You just can’t make this stuff up.”
Love or hate Barkley, you've got to appreciate him always telling it like it is. It's one of the reasons why when he comments on something like this, we find it worthy enough to post on. Barkley just seems to have that kind of influence. Whether or not you agree, it's at least something to think about.
Category: NBA
Posted on: September 10, 2010 5:03 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2010 5:12 pm

Pat Riley wants you off the Heat's back

Heat president fires back at critics.
Posted by Matt Moore

Pat Riley's mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore. Well, okay, he's probably going to take it but he's going to be really snarky about it in the press. Riley today spoke with reporters for the first time since pulling off the coup d'etat he managed back in July. In an interview with Ira Winderman of the Miami Sun-Sentinel , Riley fired back at all the people who have been taking pot shots in public towards the Miami Triad and Riley's new superpower.

A few tasty cuts from Riley's fatty cow of incredulity:
  • "Charles Barkley, to me, went way over the top," Riley said. "I think Charles is probably the only guy in the league that can get away with what he gets away with.
  • "Stan (Van Gundy)'s out there making comments about Chris Bosh being a lap dog to Dwyane Wade," Riley said. "I don't know what happened to some of these guys along the way."
  • "I take a little bit of umbrage from some of the things that came from people in our game," he said.
There's a lot more in Winderman's piece, but that gives you a sense for how Riley's feeling. There's going to be a lot more of this stuff over the next nine months, so prepare yourself. Until the world becomes accustomed to the new reality the Heat have made for themselves, and process whatever catharsis they need to if the Heat win or if they lose, this is what we'll be dealing with. The anger of the decisions. The reaction to the anger. The reaction to the anger over the reactions to the anger. Ad nauseum. This is the universe that has been made, with everyone taking a side on whether this is being overly criticized or if it really is indicative of a downfall in character.

The character issue is perhaps the most stunning. Sacrifice is most commonly referred to in hushed tones, and with reverence. But for some reason, the Triad doesn't come off as sacrifice at all. Instead it reflects in many people's eyes as weakness, excuse-making, celebrity-chasing. The answer is likely somewhere in between.

Riley had to expect this, though. Especially from Van Gundy. Asking "what happened" to Van Gundy? Pat Riley did. And Barkley taking strong sides is nothing new. But this is just the beginning. Every loss to a major team will be played as a revelation that this team isn't ready to really sacrifice and play together. Every win will be dismissed unless it's in the Finals, and then it will simply be discussed as "They should win! They have the talent!"

This is the cost of pulling off something like Riley did. There will be fame, popularity, wins, and money. Lots of money. But there will also continue to be people dead set against the Heat. Riley needs to accept it and let these pot shots keep coming. That motivation is what the Heat need more than anything, the drive to go out and destroy everyone who's dismissed, insulted, or marginalized what they've done and who they are.

"The Decision" is over. The fallout will continue for months, maybe years.
Posted on: August 12, 2010 6:00 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2010 6:00 pm

Charles Barkley rips Miami's Big 3

Posted by Royce Young

We don't really have an official ruling on anything in the NBA until Charles Barkley speaks on it. So after LeBron's tweet about his mental hit list and all the talk coming from Miami, Chuck weighed in on ESPN Radio 103.3 with Galloway and Company.

"I heard about LeBron's little tweet today that he's remembering everybody who said anything bad about him," Barkley said. "And he said 'everybody.' Well, I want him to make sure that he puts my name on that (list) ... I thought that his little one-hour special was a punk move. I thought them dancing around on the stage was a punk move, and I thought he should've stayed in Cleveland. Him joining Dwyane Wade 's team was very disappointing to me."

See, that's why everyone loves Chuck. He tells it like it is, or at least, how he sees how it is. Barkley continued:

"He's got enough people kissing his ass with his family and all the people who work for him," Barkley said. "We don't have to tell him what he wants to hear all the time ... That one-hour special, them jumping around on stage like punks, that wasn't cool to me. From a basketball standpoint, I wish he had stayed in Cleveland, and if he takes that as criticism, so be it."

It's hard to disagree with anything there. Everything turned quickly into a spectacle which only made the new trio in Miami that much easier to dislike. And it doesn't sound as if Chuck is exactly terrified about landing on LeBron's mental list of death. As he put it towards the end of the interview, "He knows where I'll be, I don't run. I'm on TV every week, I'm easy to find."
Posted on: July 26, 2010 8:41 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2010 8:42 pm

CP3 isn't the first to ask for a way out

Posted by Royce Young

Chris Paul publicly backed off any trade demands today in a statement via the team and Twitter. He said the meeting went well and hoped to spend his whole career in New Orleans.

OK then, that wraps it up. Let's go home boys.

Or not. As Ken Berger reports , most of that stuff is probably just positive PR spin and the trade discussions will rage on. And plus, the NBA frowns upon this sort of thing so much that, it fines players that announce trade desires publicly. So it's in CP3's best interest to play it cool and keep quiet, even if he's dying to break loose of NOLA.

The thing is, CP3 is far from the first that's wanted out. Some have already drawn comparisons to Kobe Bryant's Laker saga from two years ago where he wanted out of Los Angeles and was very nearly dealt to the Bulls. But as is the same with Paul, the Lakers had the trump card because Kobe was still under contract and LA didn't HAVE to do anything.

But other than Kobe, who else has asked out? What other situations are there that are at least somewhat similar to CP3?
  • One of the more famous example and honestly, maybe most relative to CP3 was Charles Barkley's trade demand in 1992. The team that drafted him, the 76ers, had just missed the playoffs with a 35-47 record. Barkley was upset and asked out. The team obliged and he was shipped to Phoenix. Barkley then asked again for a trade, as he was seeking one last shot at a title. Before the 1996-97 season, Barkley demanded a trade to the Rockets, who already had Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. He got the deal, but not the ring.
  • Stephen Jackson demanded a trade from Golden State in 2009 and was fined $25,000 for his public statements. He said he was fed up and added, "I mean, you gotta hear it some way. You want me to send you an e-mail, Facebook or something? I'm a grown man, I have six kids, I'm married now, so I speak my mind. I thought I had freedom of speech but obviously I don't." Jackson was shortly traded to Charlotte.
  • In 2007, Nazr Mohammed then with the Pistons basically just said trade me or play me. He backed off the demands but was eventually traded to New Orleans. And we all continue to chuckle at the fact Nazr Mohammed once demanded a trade.
  • In 2008, Devean George - yes, Devean George - wanted a trade out of Dallas. He called on the same line as many others: trade me or play me. Eventually the Mavs brokered a deal with New Jersey to bring Jason Kidd to Dallas, but because it was going to cost him money, George vetoed it. George didn't get traded but as you can see, as drifted off into NBA obscurity. 
There's certainly precedent set for Paul in asking for a way out. In mosy cases, the team ends up obliging the request because of chemistry fears and it's never good to have a disgruntled player. That doesn't mean Paul will end up leaving NOLA, but if we learned anything here today, it's that CP3 isn't the first to ask for a way out and he won't be the last.

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