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March 3, 2015 Updates

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." San Jose Mercury-News

February 28, 2015 Updates

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? Contra Costa Times

“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.” Contra Costa Times

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Charles Barkley did two segments on the Dan Patrick Show this morning. When he was asked about Kevin Durant’s new beef with the media, Barkley started talking about the “clowns on the internet.” Then he went on a tangent about how most guys in the media are good guys at heart, but said that there are some “scumbags” like Peter Vecsey, Skip Bayless, and Phil Mushnick. Vecsey’s feud with Barkley dates way back, and Phil Mushnick was bashing Barkley’s ‘role model’ ad in the early 90’s. As for Bayless, Barkley has previously called him a “punk-ass” hater, and opined that the First Taker has “surpassed Vecsey as the biggest jackass in the history of journalism.” The Big Lead

February 17, 2015 Updates

The former 1996 Slam Dunk Champion said, “I think he’s doing a massive disservice to what it is teams now know are keys to a successful run in not only building your roster, but to winning championships.” Barry continued, “Talent, you’ll always need talent, but to think that they don’t use the numbers to benefit their team and use that as a tool to be better, you gotta get out of that cave.” Analytics has become a huge part of the NBA, and is used now more than ever. “It broadcasts where your team’s huge deficiencies were,” said the two-time NBA champion. There is now no doubt that analytics, and the data collected have been able to help teams adjust their rosters to make themselves better. “NBA basketball was, in the 80’s, purely a two man game,” Barry recalled. “They would put the two best players on one side of the floor, and the other players had to be within touching distance of their man and the best players in the world would operate one on one with the defensive guy. There’s no doubt that the game has changed in recent years. It’s become more of a team game, more ball movement and more player involvement. [Analytics has created] such a monumental shift of movement style offenses, passing style offense.” CLNS Radio

February 16, 2015 Updates

Was there any other team than Phoenix that was close to getting you? I got traded to the Lakers one day [in 1992] and they retracted the deal. No way. Yeah. The Sixers backed out. It was going crazy for two weeks so I knew it would come down to Portland, [the] Lakers or Phoenix. So I get a call from my agent one morning and he said, “Philly has traded you to the Lakers.” So I went to lunch and started drinking. I’m f---ing so excited that I am going to the Lakers. Three hours later I get a f---ing phone call from my agent saying that the Sixers backed out of the deal. I said, “Oh, s--t, I’m feeling pretty good right now.” So I went out and played that night. Sports Illustrated

​Do you have any interest in talking to Daryl Morey? Charles Barkley: Not at all. I have nothing against Daryl Morey. But what annoys me about Daryl Morey is they [the Rockets] go out and get James Harden. Then, they go get Dwight Howard. They go get Trevor Ariza. They go after Carmelo Anthony. They go after Chris Bosh. How is that analytics, just getting better players? Just explain it to me. Seriously. I am willing to deal with common sense. I mean, come on. They are just bringing in better players. How is that analytical? Sports Illustrated

February 15, 2015 Updates

SLAM: All good. We were talking about how analytics, that extra stuff, won’t trump talent but can be the difference when two teams with similar talent levels meet. CB: We never talked about analytics in the ’80s, ’90s and early 2000s. It’s something they just came up with. Kenny Smith: I have to add something too, because you asked me the same question. I’ll really believe in analytics if you trade Danny Green for Chris Bosh and win a championship. When you show me that a guy that’s not obviously better than another guy makes a team better than the other guy would have. When someone says, You know, Bosh is not going to help us win but Danny Green will and we know that because of analytics. When that happens then I’ll be like, This stuff works. SLAM

SLAM: When you’re sitting here, how are you watching the games? What are the things you’re looking at or for? CB: That’s a good question. I’m watching the style of play, looking at matchups, you guys talk a lot about analytical bullshit—this game’s all about matchups. Here I’m looking at the Cleveland Cavaliers shooting way too many jump shots, and they’re playing at too slow a pace. And that’s why I think Chicago can beat them in a seven-game series. SLAM

February 14, 2015 Updates

DeMarcus Cousins responded to Charles Barkley's criticism of him by saying he simply doesn't care about anything that comes out of Barkley's mouth. "It ain't personal," Cousins said when asked about the TNT analyst. "I mean, I don't really respect the guy, but at the same time, I don't really care what he thinks either. ESPN.com

"I don't respect him and I don't care what he thinks." Barkley recently was critical of the Sacramento Kings All-Star center and even used an expletive to describe how disgusted he was when discussing reports that Cousins was consulted by the Kings before they hired head coach George Karl. "Why are they discussing it with him," Barkley said during a TNT telecast. "Yeah, I am totally disgusted with that. ... He hasn't done enough to deserve that type of power. [The Kings] stink. Why would you give a guy that young that type of power? ESPN.com

In a chat with USA TODAY Sports afterward, Barkley gave his latest explanation as to why he seems so set against the type of in-depth statistical analysis that has become commonplace in today's game. "I'm not anti-analytical, but I think that basketball is about talent and coaching and things like that," Barkley said. "I didn't have (a) problem with anything today. And I never have a problem with somebody disagreeing with me. I still believe the game is about talent. Are stats important? Yeah, they're a small part of it, but the game still comes down to talent." USA Today Sports

If nothing else, these semi-frequent Barkely feuds on the topic of analytics are, in essence, serving as a demand that the dialogue continues. Cuban, for his part, "I don't think there were any new takeaways," Cuban told USA TODAY Sports. "I think it's not an easy job, it's not an easy business. There's only one winner and 29 losers every year, so because there's no one template everyone does the best they can. Charles has his views. Vivek has his views. You have legends, RC Buford with more rings than anybody else up there other than Phil. So there is no template. I just try to learn, and to give everybody a hard time every now and then." USA Today Sports

February 13, 2015 Updates

“I have nothing against Daryl Morey,” Barkley told SI.com Thursday night. “But what annoys me about Daryl Morey is they [the Rockets] go out and get James Harden. Then, they go get Dwight Howard. They go get Trevor Ariza. They go after Carmelo Anthony. They go after Chris Bosh. How is that analytics, just getting better players? Just explain it to me. Seriously. I am willing to deal with common sense. I mean, come on. They are just bringing in better players. How is that analytical?” Sports Illustrated

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