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Charles Barkley revealed Tuesday that he plans to give $1 million to Morehouse College and $1 million to the Wounded Warrior Project. Barkley, an NBA legend and co-host of TNT’s award-winning studio show “Inside the NBA,” plans to announce the gifts Friday, but he jumped the gun when he appeared on a conference call to promote the American Century Championship’s celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nev.
Charles Barkley is joining a new team on television after the basketball season. The TNT NBA analyst is joining the cast of ‘Suits’, the popular USA Network legal drama as a long-time customer of Pearson Specter Litt, the fictional law firm on the show in an episode this summer.
Charles Barkley had been on the fence and leaning away from renewing his contract with Turner Sports, but Turner recently announced that Barkley signed an extension through the 2024-25 NBA season. How’d Turner broadcasting swing that? With $1,700 worth of wine and tequila. There was also a lavish, multi-course Italian dinner, but $1,700 worth of wine and tequila.
The network announced that its hit ‘Inside the NBA on TNT’ lineup of Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith will be on the air for a long time thanks to “multi-year” extensions for the group. “We truly believe Inside the NBA is among the best studio shows of all time and a large part of its success is due to the unrivaled chemistry between Ernie, Charles, Kenny and Shaquille,” said Lenny Daniels, president of Turner Sports in a statement. “We’re looking forward to continuing the creativity and pioneering spirit behind the show for a very long time.”
Charles Barkley won’t be gone fishin’ just yet. After previously suggesting he might leave TNT at the end of his current contract, the Hall of Famer has agreed to a multiyear extension to remain as a studio analyst for “Inside the NBA.” The network announced Wednesday that all of the show’s stars had received new deals, so Barkley will keep trading barbs with fellow commentators Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal and host Ernie Johnson.
Ernie Johnson sure is a class act. On Tuesday night at the Sports Emmys, the TNT host gave his award for ‘Best Studio Host’ to the daughters of late ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who lost his battle with cancer in January. TNT’s Johnson knows a thing or two about fighting cancer. In 2006, he took a leave of absence during his battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He later returned as host of the Emmy-winning show “NBA on TNT” opposite Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith.
The crew from Inside the NBA — Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal — didn’t hold back with their thoughts. Barkley said during the postgame show a minimum of five games would be warranted, but believes the league should consider 10. O’Neal and Smith both said five was the proper number. “What Kendrick Perkins and J.R. Smith did was bush league,” Barkley said. “You can’t just go around hitting people in the face. It was like watching a boxing match. Your knee doesn’t collapse like that.”
Barkley can remember distinctly, he said, where the rumors about his time spent with Jordan began. He was sitting at home, watching television, when a broadcast from a news helicopter shoed Michael Jordan at a Phoenix-area golf course, playing a round. With him, the broadcast reported, was Barkley. The fact that he was golfing with Jordan, Barkley said, came as a surprise to him as he sat in his living room. “I guess Michael was playing golf somewhere and was playing with somebody who looked similar to me,” Barkley said, “and a helicopter flew over and said … that’s Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley playing golf. And to this day, every time I think about it, I just die laughing. They couldn’t get too low, but they had Michael Jordan and they said we were playing golf.”
Twenty-two years later, Charles Barkley would like to clear his name of an infraction that even some of his teammates have thought he committed for all these many years. No, he didn’t hang out with Michael Jordan too much during the 1993 playoffs, when Barkley’s Suns lost to the Bulls in the only NBA Finals appearance of his Hall of Fame career. Asked about it on Thursday, Barkley revealed that the perception of his chumminess with Jordan during that series has always been false, rooted in a case of mistaken identity. “Michael and I laughed about that 10 years, 20 years later,” said Barkley, whose final NBA game came 15 years ago Sunday. “They say we played golf together everyday, and we never played golf. They said we had dinner together every night, and we never had dinner. So we always found it funny that people said we spent every night together. We never saw each other during the Finals.”
Warriors players took all the comments as their coach did. They shrugged it off. “It’s fine,” said Draymond Green, who in the past has engaged Barkley. “Nobody’s opinion matters when it comes to June. It’s all about what you do. If we won 82 games, there would still be doubts. That’s just the nature of this world we live in.
Especially Charles Barkley, the outspoken TV analyst that continues to perceive the Warriors as a one-dimensional team reliant on making jump shots despite considerable evidence that they also apply superior defense. “I love Charles. I worked with him for eight years,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, referring to his years as a TV analyst. “He’s incredible at what he does. He’s hilarious. He picks up every bar tab when you’re on the road; 28 people from TNT at the bar, and he picks up the tab. He bought me so many beers over the years that whatever Charles wants to say about our team I have no problem with.”
Charles Barkley on guarding LeBron James if he were in his basketball prime I believe you have to push him left because every time he goes left he shoots a jumper. Every time he goes right he is going to the basket. You have to give him space because he is a unique guy: 6’8” and 265 pounds, a beautiful, perfect body who can run and out jump you. So every time he goes left, he will shoot a step back jumper. You have to give him a little space and make him shoot jumpers. Because if he is coming at you full speed, you are in trouble.
Charles Barkley on whether he’ll ever join Twitter: “Probably not. I saw Kevin Durant arguing with people not too long ago. Kevin Durant is a great, great player and great guy. So some kid he played against in high school made a thing that he kicked all of these NBA guys’s butts in high school and he put KD in there. Meanwhile, this guy is like a plumber. So Kevin Durant and this guy are arguing with each other and I am reading this in a newspaper thinking, ‘Dude, you are Kevin Durant. Why are you arguing with a plumber? (There’s nothing wrong with being a plumber, I might add) but you are Kevin Durant!’ Same thing with RGIII and Colin Kaepernick. I’m like, ‘Dudes, why are you arguing with someone on the Internet?’ I always use this analogy when it comes to sports fans: Just because you watch Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t mean you can perform an operation.”
Here are some of the questions and answers we asked Robinson. Who was better Karl Malone or Charles Barkley? “I’d have to say Karl. He was remarkably steady. Charles was a force to be reckoned with most of the time, a Hall-of-Famer, but there were times when he was more trouble than he was worth.”
All right then. Mr. Morey, your thoughts? “In our feud, I’m at 140 characters; he’s at 15 minutes of discussion,” Morey said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I’d say I can’t really talk. I haven’t won a title – just like Charles. At the end of the day, it all comes down to winning, and we’re going to have to prove it on the court.”
We met up with Barkley for a one-on-one conversation here after his talk, where he told us why he’s silent, socially. “People have become so mean-spirited, (online) I choose not to partake in it. When you’re in the limelight, people take potshots at you.”
Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller both say that Andrew and Aaron Harrison should remain at Kentucky for their junior seasons instead of entering the NBA Draft. “I think they should stay,” Miller told SNY.tv at at the NCAA Tournament Media Day Tuesday in New York. “I think Aaron’s probably a little bit more ready than Andrew, but if they want to be a package deal and come out together, then they both should wait.”
Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller both say the Knicks should select Kentucky freshman big man Karl-Anthony Towns with the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft should the ping pong balls bounce their way. “I would take Towns No. 1,” Barkley told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog at the NCAA Tournament Media Day Tuesday in New York.
Green previously took offense with Barkley’s characterization of the Warriors as a jump-shooting team that couldn’t be counted on to win the NBA championship. “I think he was shorter than me. You would think he would support me,” said the 6-foot-7-inch Green, who said he used to watch tape of the 6-6 Barkley’s playing days to improve himself. “But hey, maybe he thinks I can’t win one (championship) because he ain’t got one. So if he’s the same size, and he can’t win a championship, we’ll see what happens. I’ve got a lot more years to do it than he’s got, you know? “A guy who’s not a champion can’t talk too much about championships, can he? I’m not sure how much he won anything in his career teamwise. Been to the Finals, but … for him to say that — they won’t win because he’s too small — maybe that’s why he didn’t win, because he was too small.”
“A guy who’s not a champion can’t talk too much about championships, can he? I’m not sure how much he won anything in his career team-wise. Been to the finals, but… For him to say that – they won’t win because he’s too small – maybe that’s why he didn’t win. Because he was too small.”
Draymond Green caught wind of TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley’s comments that the Warriors forward was small and not “tough enough” as Golden State lost to Cleveland. Green fired back Saturday once again after previously having disagreed with Barkley’s characterization of the Warriors as a jump-shooting team that couldn’t be counted on to win an NBA championship. “I think he was shorter than me. You would think he would support me,” said Green, who at 6-foot-7 noted he used to watch tape of Barkley’s playing days to improve himself. “But hey, maybe he thinks I can’t win one (championship) because he ain’t got one. So if he’s the same size, and he can’t win a championship, we’ll see what happens. I’ve got a lot more years to do it than he’s got, you know?
Charles Barkley is not quite done with his rant on analytics, and please Chuck, don’t stop. It’s too much fun. From last night: “Analytics are like when you’re black and white. When you’re black they call you a cook. When you’re white, they call you a chef … they’re just stats. Everybody pays attention to stats. They just changed the name to analytics so they can charge you more.”