Barkley added: “Daryl Morey, who I like, he can say whatever he wants to. But there are consequences. I don’t understand why these holier-than-thou politicians, if they’re so worried about China, why don’t they stop all transactions with China? “President Trump has been talking about and arguing with tariffs for China for the last two years,” Barkley continued. “I think it’s unfair for them to do all their business in China and just because this thing happens try to make the NBA and our players look bad. All American companies do business in China. Period.”
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Ben Golliver: TNT’s Charles Barkley on Rockets GM Daryl Morey: “Why should LeBron sacrifice his money because of some tweet this fool put out? Why should the NBA sacrifice their billions? … When you work for a company, you speak for the entire company. … We’re not going to change China.”
Barkley had also complained that owner Leslie Alexander underpaid him during his tenure with the Rockets. He has said the Rockets owed him $5 million. He said Sunday they owe him $3 million. Meanwhile, he referred to Brown as “Toad Smith” and Morey as “Daryl Moronic.” “I want to apologize to the Houston Rockets,” Barkley said on Tuesday’s broadcast of “Inside ‘The NBA.” “I overacted to two tweets. I said something I shouldn’t say. So I want to apologize to Daryl Morey. And I want to apologize to Tad Brown, the CEO, for overreacting. I want to apologize to Les Alexander.
“You know, I don’t do any social media. When you show stuff or I hear about it, I get mad. So I want to apologize to those three guys and the entire Houston Rockets organization because when you’re on television, Ernie (Johnson), it should never be personal. We’re supposed to do our jobs. When Daryl Morey sent a tweet during the season, I got mad. I was 100 percent wrong. When Tad Brown tweeted last week, I was 100 percent wrong. “Les Alexander treated me great when I was in Houston. So I just want to apologize to those three guys.”
Rockets CEO Tad Brown said his tweet on Thursday, responding to TNT analyst Charles Barkley accusing his former team of “fake hustle,” was an effort to stand up for his players. A frequent critic of the Rockets, Barkley inspired Brown’s response with his comment at halftime in Game 3 when he guaranteed the Rockets would lose by 10.
Sloan Sports Conference: .@dmorey says Barkley is a great player & he “would definitely recognize him” but “how many championships did he win?” #HotTakeDown #SSAC16
Dan Devine: “Obviously, I don’t like your general manager,” Charles Barkley tells Kevin McHale about Daryl Morey. Yeah, he’s made that pretty clear.
“I just think Daryl Morey just screwed Kevin McHale,” Barkley said during an appearance on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on Fox Sports Radio. “Obviously, me and Daryl Morey don’t like each other because he’s one of those analytic geeks who think you get numbers winning games instead of players. The guy was just in the (Western Conference) finals five months ago and (now) he sucks after 11 games?
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