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Charles Barkley, however, isn’t convinced. The 11-time All-Star doesn’t consider Doncic to be something remotely special since he thinks that the MVP the Slovenian player has won simply show that he was playing “against sh**ty competition” “I don’t trust foreign competition,” Barkley said to Pollard. “I don’t have nothing against foreign players. I just don’t know what kind of a competition it is. They’re like at 18 years old he was the MVP. Well, that tells me he was playing against shi**y competition. Nobody at 18 should be dominating grown men. I don’t care how bad the grown men are. You go back and look at the NBA. I’ve been in the NBA for over 30 years. There’s only one 18 year old that you can go back and say ‘oh he’s the real deal’. That’s LeBron James. People forget, as great as Kobe Bryant was, he struggled for the first few years. Kevin Garnett? Struggled in his first few years. They keep telling Doncic won MVP at 18. He shouldn’t be dominating grown men at 18. For this kid dominating… I wouldn’t take him with the No. 1 or 2 pick in the NBA Draft”
But outspoken TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who played in Philadelphia for the first eight seasons of his Hall of Fame NBA career, is adamant that James won’t be suiting up for the Sixers next season. “He’s not coming to the Sixers,” Barkley said Tuesday on The Mike Missanelli Show. “He’s not coming to the Sixers because he needs the ball, Simmons needs the ball and Embiid needs the ball. That would make Simmons useless.
For 16 years, he was a fixture on press row at Phoenix Suns games. You could easily spot him on TV by the unruly mop that spilled from beneath his signature newsboy ivy cap. He covered the team’s most exciting years — the 1993 NBA Finals run — as well as its most turbulent, and he wrote a book about its most audacious player, Charles Barkley. A consummate sports fan, he called it the way he saw it, even when he knew his stories would incur the wrath of fans, players and owners. And his gruff exterior concealed a big heart, a heart that apparently gave out Tuesday night as he was exercising. Mike Tulumello was 62.
Green was a guest on the network’s Oracle Arena set after Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, where co-host Kenny Smith played the part of mediator as the two talked about their high-profile war of words. “No. 1, he’s never committed a foul,” Barkley said when asked to explain what bothers him about Green. “I have no problem with the way he plays. I just said sometimes when he starts yelling and screaming, or he doesn’t admit he committed a foul, it drives me nuts. … I’ve said that he would be a perfect guy to play with, but he would be annoying to play against.”
Green, who had challenged the 55-year-old Hall of Famer to follow through with his threat before Barkley gave him an on-air apology, took the high road during his visit. “To be honest with you, I don’t think any of us in the NBA has committed a foul,” said, Green, whose Warriors downed Houston 115-86 to force Game 7 in Houston on Monday. “No one likes when the referees call a foul on them, but I can get bad with (arguing with the officials) at times. My mom always reminds me of it. My grandmother will say it. My uncle is really hard on me about it, so you know that could — I could understand that. Nonetheless, there’s much respect (for Barkley) from my way.”
The NBA on TNT crew spent time joking around about the latest Google glitch that listed Shaquille O’Neal as a member *NSYNC before Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night. TNT showed reaction tweets from the real members of the boy band. Then, Ernie Johnson asked Shaq if he had anything to do with the glitch, and Shaq’s response had Ernie, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith impressed. “When they were young, they recorded their first album at my house, at the studio at my house — *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys,” Shaq said. “True story.”
O’Neal and Barkley have continued to go back at each other on the air during Inside the NBA and there continues to be more talk of Googling. When Shaq wondered how the Warriors allowed 6-foot-9 Kevin Durant to play guard, O’Neal and Barkley traded barbs that included a “Google me, Chuck!”