HoopsHype Charles Barkley rumors

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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

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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

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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

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Cuban was in rare form before the game in New Orleans, taking pot shots at several people, including Charles Barkley. The Hall of Famer and NBA analyst for TNT recently said that he thinks the level of talent on some NBA teams is embarrassing, to which Cuban said: "Charles is a great talent evaluator. I think he should be a GM, preferably for one of the teams in our division. But on the one hand, he's right, if teams are positioning for the draft." Dallas Morning News

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When the games were over, Truman says, the players drank a lot of beer. And not only in the locker room: The ball boys were often instructed to wheel out a cooler to the visiting team’s bus. Incidentally, Charles Barkley gave Truman the nickname "Zero" when he, not being a drinker himself, didn’t know to tilt the glass while pouring the Chuckster’s beer. Barkley was left, perhaps appropriately, with a big head. Salt Lake Tribune

November 8, 2013 Updates

So, Charles Barkley, what do you think about the Clippers now after watching them lose to the Miami Heat on Thursday night? "The Clippers are softer than tissue paper," Barkley, TNT's NBA analyst, said. Granted, the Clippers did lose to the two-time NBA champion Heat. But Barkley is convinced the Clippers aren't tough enough. "They've got the toughness of a flea and the toughest guy on their team is 5-7," said Barkley, referring to Chris Paul, who is actually listed at 6 feet. "They are soft and they're only going to go as far as Blake [Griffin] and DeAndre [Jordan] take them." Los Angeles Times

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