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.”
May 13, 2021 | 9:32 pm EDT Update
Brian Robb: Celtics have officially locked up the No. 7 seed in East with losses tonight by Hornets and Pacers. They will host No. 8 seed on Tuesday night at Garden in play-in tournament.
Scott Agness: Bucks continue their dominance over the Pacers, winning 142-133. Pacers severely undermanned. T.J. McConnell scored a career-high 23pts. JHoliday (had his best offensive night as a Pacer: 26pts, 8 made 3s. Giannis with 40/15. Up next: vs Lakers on Sat.
Law Murray: 113-90 Clippers win in Charlotte means that Phoenix won’t be clinching the division tonight. Clippers in Houston tomorrow. They’re done with the Eastern Conference… unless they win the Western Conference Finals.
Mirjam Swanson: Nic Batum on Ty’s insistence that he let it fly: “I just let the game come to me, I just try to make the right play… I don’t try to force. I haven’t shot in five minutes, I have to take a shot. No.”
May 13, 2021 | 9:13 pm EDT Update
Last week, The Post reported that Webber’s return for next year was very much in question. There had been no contract negotiations. There was a feeling that TNT did not want him back and maybe he didn’t want to return.
Nick Friedell: JTA: “I’m a Warrior for life. Regardless if I’m here the rest of my career or I’m just here for another year, this is always going to be a part of my heart and a part of me…I grew up idolizing Larry Hughes, now I get to play with Stephen Curry.”