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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

"For myself, being from Alabama," Barkley summarizes after calling King a true hero and endorsing the movie "Selma," "civil rights means a big deal to me. And my grandmother, who's the greatest person who's ever been in my life, always said to me, there's a lot of people did heavy lifting to make you become successful. And the one thing you don't want to do is screw it up. "One problem we have in the black community," he continues, "there's a lot of self-inflicted wounds. You can't do that." ESPN.com

Barkley, though, has gone far. First to Auburn University, then the NBA, and now into millions of homes every day on TV and the Internet. Why? Because in high school, after going unnoticed as a chunky, 5-foot-10 underclassman on junior varsity, Barkley grew six inches over the next two years, then shocked college recruiters with a dominant senior season that ended in the state semifinals. Herbert Green, a former Auburn assistant coach, stumbled across Barkley in a Christmas tournament featuring 6-9 Bobby Lee Hurt, the top-ranked player in Alabama. Barkley dominated Hurt, finishing with 24 points and 20 rebounds, and was instantly on the major-college radar. "The first four shots that [Hurt] shot, Charles didn't block them. He knocked them up in the stands. Absolutely knocked them up in the stands and got everybody's attention," Green says. "The next day I was sitting up at his grandmother's house before the sun got up." For years, emboldened by his athleticism and passion, Barkley swore he would play in the NBA. But the baby fat and his modest stature made the promise unbelievable. That half a foot -- give thanks unto the Lord -- was the difference between Leeds and limousines for Charles Barkley. Without those six inches, Barkley admits: "I'd be fucked." ESPN.com

He has admitted to having a gambling problem, and to losing many millions in Las Vegas. "When he got in a fight in Milwaukee," says Neil Hartman, an anchor at Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and longtime Barkley friend, "I met him back in his townhouse. I go, 'Charles, you can't just get into a fight with a guy on a street in Milwaukee. You just can't do that.' And Jimmy Lynam was the coach of Charles at the time, and Jimmy calls up and Charles goes, 'Jimmy, Neil wanted me to let the motherfucka hit me in the face. I ain't letting no motherfucka hit me in the face.' You know, he was this wild, semi-uncontrollable guy with a great heart. ESPN.com

The notion of Cousins being talked to before the Kings made a decision set Barkley, who's been critical of his fellow Alabamian in the past, off. The rift between the two goes all the way back to Cousins' prep days at Mobile's LeFlore High. "He hasn't done enough to deserve that type of power," Barkley said. "They stink. Why would you give a guy that young that type of power? If you're a Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon or somebody like that, yeah, you deserved that type of power after you have earned it." Birmingham News

What’s your reaction to Charles Barkley analytics debate? Cuban: He’s half right; the Mavs have been using analytics since the day I bought the team. The fun story behind that is I took graduate level statistics at Indiana University, and after I graduated, never thought about it again, and then after I had bought the team, I’m watching Jeopardy and who should be on but my old stats prof. And then a month later, we’re in Indiana playing against the Pacers, and who should be in the stands screaming “Hi” to me, my stats prof, Wayne Winston. I met with him and pretty much hired him then. We started using advanced plus/minus to help us, and it started to help us quite a bit…it eventually helped us come back from a 2-0 deficit in the playoffs against Houston, based on what the numbers said. Putting JJ (Barea) in the mix in the championship run had a lot to do with analytics. What happens is when a couple teams are using it, you have an advantage, but now that everyone is using it, that advantage is pretty much gone, and that’s where analytics has gotten to now. Dallas Morning News

February 12, 2015 Updates

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