HoopsHype Charles Barkley rumors

October 17, 2013 Updates

Can the Heat repeat again? Charles Barkley, TNT: "I think that you saw the flaws in the Miami Heat last year, (specifically) their lack of size. And I think the key to me is going to be (free agent center addition) Greg Oden (who hasn't played in a game since December 2009 because of knee problems). If he gives them physical size, it's going to be very difficult to beat the team. But that's their real weakness — size. Every big guy they play against just dominates them. I think it really, to me, it depends on what Oden has left in the tank. USA Today Sports

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Shaquille O' Neal likes New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson, but he doesn't care much for the franchise's new nickname. Here is O'Neal uncut: ``It’s a terrible name. I told Charles on TNT, I don’t think I’ve seen a Pelican before. Pelicans, are they that big white bird? I would had named them Tigers, Crawfish or something. Pelicans -- no. But I wish them well. I’ll be anxious to see how many jerseys they sell. Hopefully one day they’ll get some marquee players and fill the arena up because it’s a town that wants to support something good. Louisiana, in general, if you give them a good product, they’ll get in their RVs and drive and they will support you. Hopefully, one day we’ll get two or three good players that people would want to spend their money on. `` New Orleans Times-Picayune

August 29, 2013 Updates

Charles Barkley on The Sixers: I’m disappointed because I thought they treated those assistant coaches bad. They should have fired them at the beginning of the summer and gave them an opportunity to get another job, I do. I mean, I don’t understand why you would hold them, let them work the team out all summer, now it’s too late for them to get a job, and if I’m the [Brett] Brown guy I wouldn’t want somebody else’s assistant coaches. He may not even know those guys, and exactly what he did. He fired them right away, and I felt bad for Aaron [McKie] and Michael [Curry] because right now they’re stuck in no where because all the good jobs are gone now. CBS Philly

And also, I had a problem with—if I’m a coach I would want to have some say in the draft, I would want to have some say in the draft. These are all Sam Hinkle’s people who they drafted this year. He traded one of the better point guards in the NBA, yeah I have a problem with the way the Sixers are running their organization right now. Listen, Howard, you know I don’t believe in that analytical crap. If LeBron James couldn’t spell cat, I want him on my team. I always tell people, give me a dumb guy that can really play. Don’t give me no smart guy. The guy, he came from Houston. When did Houston get good? When they went out a paid James Harden all that money and [Omar] Asik, and now they went out a got Dwight Howard. That’s got nothing to do with analytics, that’s got to do with paying really good players to come to town. CBS Philly

July 20, 2013 Updates

Charles Barkley has never been one to hold his tongue. So it should come as no surprise that he had an opinion Friday about the 76ers remaining without a head coach. Friday marked the 92d day since Doug Collins resigned. "I think that's one of the silliest things that I've seen in sports in a long time," the former Sixer said on Comcast SportsNet's 'Philly Sports Talk.' "I'm in Philly during the summer as you know, and I'm watching and reading every day ... To not have a coach under contract by now, I think that's a joke. I don't know what they are waiting on. "You're playing summer league games, people need to know who's in charge, they get players who are playing in the summer leage, they got assistant coaches coaching the team. You just can't bring somebody in, and him have instant credibility. He has to build rapport with the players." Philadelphia Inquirer

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Bulls center Joakim Noah says he's flattered that Charles Barkley calls him his favorite player. "That means a lot,’’ Noah told FOX Sports Florida about being No. 1 on Barkley’s list. “Chuck was one of my favorite players growing up. He’s always somebody who speaks his mind. And it’s humbling.’ Sulia

May 8, 2013 Updates

Like many of us, Kendrick Perkins was watching TNT on Monday night, enjoying two of the better games these NBA Playoffs have offered up. Chicago shocked Miami and the Warriors collapsed in San Antonio, with the Inside the NBA crew there to talk about all of it. But, like most nights on this laid-back studio show, conversation shifted from current events. Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley started joking around. Then Shaq started talking about himself. You know, the usual. Shaq loving himself some Shaq. Oklahoman

But this time, for whatever reason, dedicated viewer Kendrick Perkins seemed to grow tired of it: "Do Shack ever stop talking about himself. SMH" Oklahoman

May 7, 2013 Updates

Charles Barkley, who played in the league from 1984-2001, told Patrick that "of course" there were gay players in the league at the time, and he probably had three or four gay teammates. Barkley: "Everybody did. Everybody played with a gay teammate, Dan. And it’ s no big deal. First of all, I think it’s an insult to gay people to think that they’re trying to pick up on their teammates. But everybody has played with a gay teammate… It’s obviously discussed, privately, because the problem is, Dan, unless somebody tells you they’re gay, you can’t say a thing about them being gay. Ya know, until somebody has the courage, and I think it takes great courage to come out, it’s kind of an unspoken word to be honest with you" Philadelphia Inquirer

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