HoopsHype Charles Barkley rumors

March 14, 2013 Updates

After passing Jerry West for 15th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list and watching Paul Pierce eschew Charles Barkley in 20th, Kevin Garnett offered a rare glimpse inside the personal relationship of the latest Celtics greats. “Paul and I have history, and it’s only right that we come in here and we make history together,” said Garnett. “At 13, 14, we were tearing up his mom’s living room, breaking vases, almost getting our asses whooped. I was with Paul the first time I ever experienced Crenshaw on a Sunday. For y’all who don’t know about Crenshaw on a Sunday, Crenshaw on a Sunday is a big deal. He was taking me out, and we were being 15, 16 years old.” WEEI.com

“I’m flattered, to be honest,” said Garnett. “When they told me that I passed Wes Unseld on the rebounding, I was at a loss for words. You guys have no idea what I was like as a kid. I didn’t have all the magazines, but for some reason I had all the pictures that were in the magazines. I don’t know how I was able to acquire that, but that’s another story. I just fantasized, mimicked, appreciated — all the things that a young kid does when he’s creating heroes, when he’s creating stories in his head. Anything to generate any type of motivation, and I guess at times to generate a distraction. I used it for inspiration, getting through a hard day. WEEI.com

February 22, 2013 Updates

“Once they (allowed zone defenses), they took a lot of the (one-on-on) game out, which was boring to watch. One guy would dribble five or six times on one side. I love Charles (Barkley), but he was backing up for 10 seconds until he was a foot from the basket. I don’t think that was a style people wanted to see. They put the zone in, which makes the iso(lation) and one-on-one game harder. Now it’s back to five-on-five. It’s more of the European game, passing game, all teams run motion now. All teams are passing and cutting and playing off each other. “It’s a fun way to play. Push the ball up and open guys got to be able to shoot the ball. These days, even the four and five men are shooting the ball. That’s where the league is going.” Barkley, of course, was the first to suggest last season that Nowitzki was entering the twilight of his career, mentioning that Father Time is undefeated. Dallas Morning News

February 20, 2013 Updates

SLAM: Are you tired of all the LeBron James vs Michael Jordan comparisons? Charles Barkley : Well, I’m not tired; LeBron’s a great, great, great…I mean he’s unbelievable. But I think before we can put him in the same class as Michael Jordan he’s got to win four or five championships. I mean he’s bigger, stronger, but I don’t think you can try to compare the two until LeBron wins more than one championship. He’s got to win four or five championships but he’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen in my life. SLAM

SLAM: Before LeBron left for Miami, you said it was a mistake and you didn’t like it. Now that he’s won a Championship, do you feel the same way? CB: I do. I do ‘cause I think if he won a championship in Cleveland it would mean more to those people than it does to those people in Miami. You have to try to build your own legacy. He was a two-time MVP, if I were a two-time MVP and I was playing in my hometown I wouldn’t leave to go anywhere. People would have to come and join me. SLAM

One of the things about my game, though, was that I could do all my stuff on my own. I think I'm in the top 20 of players of all time. You take Karl [Malone] -- he needed John Stockton. That's not a knock on Karl. I didn't need a point guard. I could get mine any time I wanted to. I'll say it on the record: I was better than Karl. He was great. I was better. The only thing he could do better than me was score and that came down to John Stockton. SI.com

SI: Tell me one thing you learned from being on the Dream Team. Barkley: That's easy. Don't ever drink beer with Larry Bird. You'll be carried home. I was. SI.com

February 15, 2013 Updates

Charles Barkley has his own rules. He can say most anything he wants without fear of repercussion. That makes him funnier than most everyone on television. But he has a serious side. He wants to build his own basketball team. He turns 50 on Wednesday, and wants the thrill of real competition one more time, the kind that a cushy network studio job can’t provide. And more than anything, he wants to save his Suns from irrelevance. “That’s my hometown team,” Barkley said. “I live in Phoenix. I watch the Suns religiously. And I’m very disappointed in their direction. “They’re not competitive. Even the really bad teams like Cleveland and Sacramento have players to build around. The Suns? Their best players are Goran Dragic and Marcin Gortat.” Arizona Republic

Barkley, an Auburn graduate, explained to his co-hosts and all the people watching at home he was wearing the bandage because he'd been mugged and robbed on a trip to Tuscaloosa. Which, if you've been paying any attention, is a shot at the recent arrests of four Alabama football players charged with second-degree robbery. CBSSports.com

February 13, 2013 Updates

Charles Barkley: "Only really five teams can win the championship and the rest are out there playing for fun right now.” Who are those five?: “The Heat in the East and the Spurs and Oklahoma City in the West. Those are the three teams that have a legitimate shot at winning the championship. I don’t want to count Memphis out. I think we have to give Memphis a chance, so there’s three teams in the West and one team in the East and the second team (in the East), it depends on if Derrick Rose comes back. Those are the five.” Sports Radio Interviews

February 12, 2013 Updates

On Monday, Barkley appeared on the "Dan Patrick Show" and said that Lakers center Dwight Howard should tell off meddlesome teammate Kobe Bryant. Bryant has said on several occasions that Howard should stop complaining about playing with a shoulder injury. "He should have already told Kobe Bryant to shut the hell up by now, or [tell him he's going to] kick his ass" Barkley said. "He should have done that by now because, as a man, there's only so many times you can call me out publicly. If you keep calling me out publicly, I've got to come back at you at some point. I think [Kobe] has crossed the line somewhat lately . . . "At some point Dwight has to say, 'Hey man, you need to shut the hell up and get off my back. It ain't up to you. You ain't my coach.' " Philadelphia Inquirer

February 8, 2013 Updates

The one concern shared by all three was whether the Thunder has enough inside scoring and rebounding to make Miami pay for playing small. “To me, the key to that team is going to be (Serge) Ibaka,” Barkley said. “(Russell) Westbrook and Ibaka are the keys. Westbrook has to get better at making people around him better. He has not done that. He's already an All-Star. Now comes the point where he (needs to be) like, ‘Oh, I've got to make the guys around me better.' “But Ibaka to me is the guy. The only way to beat the Miami Heat is down low. And Ibaka shoots a lot of jumpers. He's got to post up and punish Chris Bosh down low.” Oklahoman

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December 28, 2012 Updates

TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal blasted Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams on Thursday night. Following Nets coach Avery Johnson's firing, Barkley said it's time for Williams to "put up or shut up," while O'Neal said he needs to "look in the mirror." "He's got the reputation of getting coaches fired," Barkley said. "Whatever happened in Utah [head coach Jerry Sloan resigned], it happened. Whatever happened in Brooklyn, it happened. This is all on Deron Williams right now. It's time to put up or shut up." ESPN.com

December 26, 2012 Updates

It all came to a head when Charles Barkley said Wade was "starting to lose his talent," and "when you can't jump over the building anymore, you have to learn how to play." Since the Spurs-Heat game Barkley broadcast as a color analyst Nov. 29, Wade has shown off a much more consistent game (he's shooting 56.5 percent in December) and even some of the explosiveness that had been missing. Wade said he used Barkley's comments as fuel. But more important, Wade's health is finally coming around after offseason knee surgery. And that's where his annoyance with Barkley's comments derived. "If I say it didn't bother me, I'd be lying," Wade said. "I think what bothers me more than someone saying it -- because a lot of people say things -- is why. What's the reason? Can you give the listeners, the viewers, the reason why I'm not doing what you're expecting me to do right now?" ESPN.com

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