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Barkley said he would have liked to see Philadelphia 76ers’ young players Ben Simmons and Nerlens Noel in the Olympics this year. “I would like to see some young guys,” Barkley said. “If we don’t win the gold medal, I don’t think it’s the end of the world. If you go back and look at the last three drafts of the NBA, I would love to see some of those guys that are not ready for the NBA. Even a young guy like a Ben Simmons, I thought he should have played. Even though he would have played for Australia, I have no idea why he didn’t play. I think he should have played for Australia. I think a young guy like a Nerlens Noel. He could’ve played in the Olympics. It would have been good for him because — I’m not saying this is bad — but instead of nothing all summer, what’s better playing against NBA players for a couple months during practice?”
As the United States men’s Olympic basketball team has struggled by its own lofty standards in Rio de Janeiro, former NBA player and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley said the team’s woes are rooted in the construction of its roster. “It’s not a good team to put together,” Barkley, 53, told Sports360AZ.com. “If you take away DeAndre Jordan, every guy on that team is a ball-dominant guy. You see them playing a lot of one-on-one basketball. “That’s the thing I’ve noticed more than anything. Like, you have to understand when you put a team together like that, you have to have some role players.”
While some of Jordan’s peers from his era have come out and criticized the way today’s game, namely NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley, Jordan seems to believe that the fact that traditional big men aren’t relied upon as heavily as they once were has changed the game for the better.
TNT is playing The Race Card. The cabler has enlisted Charles Barkley to host the six-episode unscripted series that will find the NBA legend traveling around America in an effort to “bust up the echo chamber mentality that so often has people retreating to corners of the like-minded, where views are reinforced and ideas are distorted into angry, unexamined groupthink conclusions.”
“I mean all these guys, (Charles) Barkley and them talking about, oh they wouldn’t have done it, well they (were) never free agents back in the day … like they didn’t have the choice,” Williams said. “Nobody wanted (him) on their team because he was a loser. So that’s what I think about that.”
“It’s exactly what I said was going to happen: If they played a couple good teams, they were going to wear down. They weren’t going to make all those jump shots…. “They’ve got a great organization. I love Steph and Klay. But I don’t think small ball works, and it didn’t work in the Finals.”
Barkley was asked about it on SportsCenter — is this true? And Barkley confirmed: Williams was telling the truth. Chuck says: “That’s the truth. When I got to Philadelphia, Dr. J, Moses Malone, Maurice Cheeks—they never practiced. They’d sit on the side, on the stationary bike, eating McDonald’s. So once I had been in the league X amount of years, I adopted that philosophy. I had played 48 minutes the night before, I wasn’t going to get up the next morning and go to practice.”