HoopsHype Charles Barkley rumors

April 30, 2014 Updates

Barkley, expecting a one-year suspension, was surprised at the lifetime ban, but supported it fully. "It's an NBA thing, but everyone who goes to work should feel like they're appreciated," he said. "I hope that not just the NBA, but every person who gets humiliated at work, they all stand together. It was just a great day for me." Smith agreed, calling it "one of the proudest moments being in the NBA family" and saying it "lifted my spirits." SB Nation

April 26, 2014 Updates
April 21, 2014 Updates

Charles Barkley, ever the diplomat, had some harsh words for the Indiana Pacers after their Game 1 loss to the Atlanta Hawks: "Wussies,'' he called them. Blue collar, gold swagger ... wussies. "Dogs,'' he called them. USA Today Sports

Paul George acknowledged the team was aware of Barkley's observations. "That's Charles being Charles," he said. "I didn't take no offense to it. Chuck ain't been behind this team from the get-go." Um, that's not true. Barkley has been the biggest Pacers fan on national TV, and has been for two years. He picked the Pacers to reach the NBA Finals last year during the Heat series, and has continually sung the team's praises throughout this year. "Larry (Bird) has told us that as well, when he said we were playing soft," George said, referring to a Bird late-night call to a Star reporter that set off a Twitter firestorm. "We need to play bigger and stronger and play more aggressive. It doesn't fire me up. It fires us up that we took a loss against a team we should have beaten and gave up home-court advantage." USA Today Sports

April 20, 2014 Updates

The Indiana Pacers are on the verge of a complete meltdown. The team survived a disastrous end to the regular season and still managed to claim the East’s No. 1 seed, but the Pacers gave away home court advantage with a shocking Game 1 loss to the No. 8 Atlanta Hawks Saturday. Atlanta cruised to a 14-0 lead to open the game and kept the lead in double-digits until the final minute of play. Kyle Korver blocked Roy Hibbert twice. On TNT Sunday, analyst Charles Barkley unloaded on the Pacers, calling them “flat wussies” for their performance. For The Win

April 11, 2014 Updates
April 4, 2014 Updates
March 14, 2014 Updates
March 11, 2014 Updates
March 5, 2014 Updates

Charles Barkley says he has a solution for tanking in the NBA. Don’t reward teams who tank. Give every team in the lottery one ping pong ball, instead of rewarding teams based on who has the worst record. “My suggestion — the NBA is too stupid to listen to me — I said just give teams one ball,” Barkley said Tuesday on ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show. “Don’t give teams extra ping polls by the more they lose. I think only twice in the 20 years has the team with the worst record and the most balls got the No. 1 pick. Only twice in like 25 years. So don’t give teams extra balls because they’re losing games. Just give every team in the lottery one ball. That would be the easiest way to handle it.” ZagsBlog.com

March 4, 2014 Updates

Charles Barkley says he has a solution for tanking in the NBA. Don’t reward teams who tank. Give every team in the lottery one ping pong ball, instead of rewarding teams based on who has the worst record. “My suggestion — the NBA is too stupid to listen to me — I said just give teams one ball,” Barkley said Tuesday on ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show. “Don’t give teams extra ping polls by the more they lose. I think only twice in the 20 years has the team with the worst record and the most balls got the No. 1 pick. Only twice in like 25 years. So don’t give teams extra balls because they’re losing games. Just give every team in the lottery one ball. That would be the easiest way to handle it.” ZagsBlog.com

February 15, 2014 Updates

Barkley, now an “NBA on TNT” analyst, ripped Drummond’s Pistons during a break in action. “He’s a terrific player who’s playing with those other idiots up in Detroit. And they’re not going to win,” Barkley said. When the rest of the “NBA on TNT” panel, including Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith, questioned that statement, Barkley continued: “They’ve got some idiots on that team. They’ve got some talented players who are not going to ever get it.” Detroit Free Press

January 29, 2014 Updates
January 26, 2014 Updates

Whether he returns in time to play a couple of obligatory minutes in New Orleans remains to be seen. But, believe it or not, TNT analyst Charles Barkley has an opinion about whether Bryant should try to play again this season. “It’s not going to matter,” Barkley said about the Lakers. “They are going to stink with him or without him, it really doesn’t make a difference. They are not a good team, they are not going to be a good team. If he is thinking about the future and he wants to win another championship, they should try to get a great draft pick. He should get healthy for the rest of the season. I think he will make a big mistake coming back.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

January 23, 2014 Updates
January 10, 2014 Updates

Remember when Michael Jordan played beer pong a few months ago? TMZ asked Barkley about it and he explained that black people don’t play beer pong. Fast-forward to Thursday at HLN. Charles Barkley was on a show called “News Now” and the subject abruptly turned to beer pong. Barkely had never played beer pong in his life. For some reason, News Now happened to have a beer pong table and some red solo cups filled with beer on set. So Barkley and host Lynn Berry played beer pong. Barkley was confused about the objectives and explained that at Auburn they just drank the beer. The Big Lead

December 24, 2013 Updates

Inside the NBA’s talent has plenty of fun and everyone is careful to not tamper with the chemistry. None of the panelists outside of Johnson attend production meetings, a decision everyone acknowledges is vital to the organic dialogue of the show. “We don’t want them at the production meetings,” Johnson says. “We don’t want them there because as long as the producer and I know what we’ve got, that’s all we need.” “Philosophically, the best TV comes from great chemistry,” says Barry. “It doesn’t happen for every show. Sometimes you have to search for it, and even then you don’t always find it. But when you do find it, you can’t deny it. For these guys specifically, they feel like guys that you would want to sit down and have a conversation with, and feel like you can. They’re approachable.” For The Win

And then there’s Barkley, the show’s lightning rod. The Hall of Famer and former league MVP is famous (and infamous) for speaking his mind, no matter the subject or the consequences. “When Charles got here, he changed our show dramatically,” Johnson says. “Kenny and I were having a good time and it was a little off the wall, but he changed the show dramatically and he changed the landscape for every show.” “Everybody felt like, ‘We have to bring someone in to be our Charles Barkley.’ But it doesn’t work that way. Charles had that equity built in, of all those years as a player being the most quotable guy in the league. He almost had that diplomatic immunity. He’ll say something outrageous and people will just say, ‘Oh, that’s Chuck being Chuck.’ Other guys try to say it, and suddenly find themselves looking for other work.” For The Win

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.