Gregg Popovich does not hide his disdain for in-game interviews, and that position did not change even when he was interviewed by Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley.
TNT analyst Charles Barkley has told 94WIP Anthony Gargano that he is interested in the Philadelphia 76ers general manger job. Nothing from the 76ers has said Barkley is candidate for the job but that hasn’t stopped him from saying he wants it.
Gargano asked Barkley if the reports he heard were true and Barkley responded via text message “yes sir.”
Will this turn into the debacle from last month down in Orlando with Shaquille O’Neal interviewing for Magic GM job?
Charles Barkley has been dreading a trip to San Antonio, and has continued to let the world know via TNT that he really doesn’t want to go. That caused San Antonio mayor, Julian Castro to fire back at Barkley.
Notice the subliminal shot by Castro with the rings.
Charles Barkley has put the NBA on notice that he won’t believe the lottery is legit if this year’s biggest catch, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, lands with the New Jersey Nets. Barkley said that he will “be watching the draft lottery very closely, because I don’t want no shenanigans.”
Asked to expand on that suspicion, Barkley said:
“I’m going to be very leery if Anthony Davis ends up in Brooklyn. You know, I’m going to be very leery because I know the NBA has a lot riding on that new arena, especially if Deron Williams leaves New Jersey. They didn’t get Dwight Howard. I’m going to be very leery if New Jersey gets that number one pick.”
“You know, I go back to Patrick Ewing, so I believe in the conspiracy theories.”
Charlotte Bobcats figure to have the best chance to win the lottery, but the Nets have an iffy situation, and could wind up with two first-round picks, or none.
Charles Barkley has no problem with jumping into and wearing women’s clothing as is evidence of this Weight Watchers ad aimed at men. In the “Lose Like A Man” TV spot, slated to air on April 8, Barkley pledges to do anything necessary to get the attention of men and to get them on board with losing weight, Weight Watchers says.
Barkley’s Weight Watchers endorsement came into question when he was caught calling the program a scam during a TNT broadcast in January.
Barkley has been spotted playing dress-up before. In 2010 he donned a wig, sat at a piano, and did his best Alicia Keys impersonation for an episode of Saturday Night Live, which we posted HERE.
Charles Barkley does not think Syracuse should be in the Sweet 16. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim believes Barkley does not think.
The TNT analyst said the Orangemen got several calls in their opening game against UNC-Asheville that should never had happened.
Boeheim was asked about that on Wednesday when he appeared on 1260 The Score in Syracuse:
“Charles is an idiot. … You have to call calls. If they’re there, you have to call them. If a foul occurs or whatever happens, you have to call it. It’s as simple as that. If referees start doing that, we’ll have a chaotic situation. They have to make the calls that are there. If it’s a little touch foul away from the ball, a good referee won’t call that.”
Charles Barkley appeared on Jim Rome’s radio show on Wednesday and had some harsh things to say about NBA fans, opining that they let their passion get the better of them to the point that, for some of them, execution is the most appropriate measure.
“Fans, man. They love their team and their player. They don’t want to hear any criticisms. They just want you to be 100 percent for their team, period. I think it’s only a small faction,” he added. “I think 80 percent are great. Twenty percent, I wish you could take them out back and just shoot them.”
The NBA, taking a page from the NHL, is introducing a new format for its Rookie Challenge, the game during All-Star Weekend that has traditionally pitted rookies against second-year players. For the first time, rookies and sophomores will be mixed together on teams, with TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal serving as the general managers and selecting their own nine-man rosters.
The NHL uses a similar format for its All-Star Game, where two team captains draft teams from the list of previously-determined All-Stars. The pool of rookies and sophs from which Barkley and Shaq will draft their teams will be selected by the NBA’s assistant coaches.
That pool of players will be announced Wednesday, and Barkley and Shaq will hold their draft during TNT’s NBA coverage on Thursday, Feb. 16. TNT’s Kenny Smith will serve as the honorary commissioner and Ernie Johnson will host the live BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Draft.
The BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, named this year by BBVA, the NBA’s bank sponsor, will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 in Orlando, the day before the All-Star Game.
During a recent radio appearance in Italy, Kobe Bryant took a shot at former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Shaquille O’Neal’s work ethic. Shaq, in an interview with the New York Times this week, responded.
Asked about Shaq, Bryant said in Italy, “I like players who workout. I use to do that 6/7 hours per day. I cannot stand players who practice for 30 minutes. I need to say something to them.”
Shaq, asked by The Times for a response, didn’t exactly deny Bryant’s claim.
“I don’t need to work out. My numbers speak for itself. My three finals M.V.P.’s speaks for itself.”
O’Neal, meanwhile, also reiterated his desire to be part of an NBA team ownership group.
“I’m looking forward to bringing a team to Newark,” he said. “I haven’t spoken to Mayor Booker about it yet, but I’m working on it. I know Newark can support an NBA. team. And I’m going to be one of the guys that’s going to bring a team there.”
The New Jersey Nets are slated to play one more season at Prudential Center in Newark before relocating to Brooklyn for the 2011-12 season.
Additionally, Shaq was asked about on-air chemistry with his new broadcast partner, Charles Barkley.
”The pressing question fans want answered about the upcoming season is will Charles Barkley give you any airtime on TNT broadcasts?,” The Times asked.
“I’m going to get all the airtime,” Shaq said. “I’m going to handle him like I’ve always handled him. I’m going to knock him out if I have to.”
Charles Barkley says he won’t take his TNT paycheck while the NBA remains in lockout mode, which could be good news for some charity.
“I don’t think it’s cool for me to take money I haven’t earned,” Barkley told ESPN 1000 in Chicago. “My decision is either going to be defer it or give it to charity.”
Barkley is among those who predict the NBA’s labor war ultimately will lead to canceling the entire season, which would mean he won’t be at the TNT desk with Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal.
“The problem I have is if these guys hold out all season, it’s going to be a lot of money,” Barkley told ESPN 1000. “That’s why I have to make that decision. I haven’t made the final decision.”
Charles Barkley will not appear in NBA 2K12 because the former player and videogame company could not come to terms on a deal. The company wanted Barkley to be part of NBA 2K12, which will include a mode called NBA’s Greatest that will feature the league’s top 15 players of all-time and several classic rivalries, but the deal was held up by money and promotion.
Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan will appear on three separate covers for the game however Barkley insisted that he get a cover as well. The Philadelphia 76ers of 1984-85, Barkley’s rookie season, is one of NBA 2K12’s great teams showing that 2K had every intention to use Barkley in the title and was confident that it would get a deal done but things fell apart on Barkley’s end.
“There’s no doubt in our minds that Charles is and should always be a key part of the conversation as it relates to who are the NBA’s Greatest players of all time,” a 2K Sports spokesperson said. “We have a very positive relationship with Sir Charles and while we were unable to include him in-game this year for a variety of reasons, we share everyone’s hope that he may one day appear in our game.”
According to several reports Shaquille O’Neal has landed a new gig and that is he has agreed to join Turner Broadcasting. This would potentially put the future Hall of Famer with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and host Ernie Johnson all in the same studio for the TNT NBA pregame show.
However on Sunday TNT spokesman Jeff Pomeroy said the network has “nothing in place at this time.”
Not really but some WWE/NBA fan took the time to do some master editing and imposed LeBron James head onto Bret “The Hitman” Hart’s body to wreck havoc on Pat Riley, Charles Barkley, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Dirk Nowitzki.
Can Shaquille O’Neal becomes the Charles Barkley of ESPN? After telling the world about his pending retirement via Twitter, the NBA superstar posted a video to the social media site Tout saying he’s been offered a job by ESPN.
“I’m sitting here with my agent Perry Rogers. He just gave me some good news. A certain network wants to hire me,” says the Big Diesel with a grin on his face.
Shaq then hums the theme music to ESPN’s SportsCenter before delivering a tongue-in-cheek threat to the host of ESPN’s Jim Rome is Burning afternoon talk show.
“Jim Rome, I’m coming for your job!” says Shaq, while smiling into the camera.
If ESPN could land the very popular O’Neal as their answer to TNT’s Barkley, I would jump ship to their coverage.
TNT analyst and former NBA player Charles Barkley was serenaded with the classic “fuck you Chuck” by Miami Heat fans after last nights game. Barkley responded by throwing up a double middle finger salute. Love the part when his colleague Kenny Smith does a little dance to the chant.
In a week in which we have seen a high ranking NBA front office official come out that he was gay and former NBA player Charles Barkley welcoming a gay player to come out, it seems we might not have come as far as one would be lead to believe. That’s because Kye Allums the openly transgender member of the George Washington women’s basketball team says he won’t play in his senior year.
Allums “has decided that it is in his best interest to no longer participate in intercollegiate athletics.”
Allums made international headlines when he announced before the start of the season in November that he preferred to be known as a man. He said he was putting off hormone treatments and gender-changing surgery so that he could continue to play for the women’s team.
More often than not people have the tendency to put too much weight in the opinions of blowhards like TNT’s Charles Barkley and ESPN’s Bob Knight believing that when they speak they are knowledgeable or have done the research in on what they speak about. That was the case when Knight spoke in front hundreds of people over the weekend and caused a stir when he said that the 2009-10 Kentucky Wildcat basketball team had five starters who did not attend spring classes.
Knight’s statement was a blatant lie with obvious little fact checking done by the Hall of Fame coach, for he would have found that Darius Miller, was still in school and another, Patrick Patterson, graduated in three years and got a degree in 2010, while John Wall had a 3.5 GPA for that spring.
The clear mistake done by Knight has lead him to apologize to Kentucky and coach John Calipari.
During “Inside The NBA” on TNT before the Miami Heat New York Knicks game, Kenny Smith announced that Tracy Morgan was the only person who could settle an argument he and Charles Barkley have “all the time.” Tina Fey or Sarah Palin? Charles Barkley encouraged Morgan, saying, “Sarah Palin’s good looking isn’t she?” Morgan quickly put the discussion to bed
Cool & Dre drop the “Chuck Remix”, by sampling a video clip of Charles Barkley doing his one of a kind I may be wrong NBA commentary. Will Chuck finally get in Dwyane Wade’s 5?
Former NBA player Charles Oakley talked to Sid Rosenberg on WQAM in Miami about the New York Knicks, LeBron James and Charles Barkley. When asked if he likes Isiah Thomas, Oakley said he has nothing against him and then took an opportunity to insult Barkley.
“I have nothing against Isiah but he made a lot of comments about the Knicks in the old days. He’s a great player, just like Charles Barkley’s a great player, but he’s an asshole,” Oakley explained. “My thing is, when Barkley played basketball, he didn’t practice, he wasn’t a leader, he wasn’t this or that, he just had natural talent so he got chosen to the Dream Team, All Star team because he had the talent and he was the franchise player on the team.”
“I probably should’ve listened to Michael (Jordan) a year ago when he said that Charles will never win a championship because he doesn’t show any dedication. I was very shocked to see what type of player he was by spending half a season with him. I’m a guy that’s dedicated to winning, and I put out a lot of effort on the court. I expect that from my teammates, especially from a guy of his caliber. You know he’s not willing to go the distance.”
The former Knick went on to say that Barkley “wasn’t real to the game.” It’s about time one of his peers called him out for what he really was 98 percent of the time. Barkley can be a funny guy sometimes on TNT but other nights it’s like he speaks to just hear himself talk and he forgets comments he made and actions he displayed in his playing career.
LeBron James return to Cleveland drew big TV ratings Thursday night, according to TNT’s Jeff Pomeroy. TNT’s telecast of James and the Miami Heat vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers drew a 5.0 overnight TV rating, up 257% from the 1.4 rating for the corresponding Boston Celtics-San Antonio Spurs game last season.
The “Return” bested the 4.1 overnight rating for the NFL Network’s telecast of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Houston Texans. TNT of course, is in far more homes than the NFL Network though and numbers for the NFL didn’t include simulcasts in the Houston and Philadelphia markets.
The NBA game averaged a 25.4 overnight rating in the Cleveland TV market compared to 14.9 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. Ratings peaked at 6.7 but declined as the Heat took control.
Interestingly, TNT’s pregame show with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson outdrew the game itself pulling a 5.9 rating.
The NBA season tips and Nike has released its new ad spot for the Nike LeBron 8 shoe in which Miami Heats LeBron James ask the question: “Should I be what you want me to be?”
James warned that he was taking names during the negative feedback he received from his decision to sign with the Heat. He even gives a shout out to Charles Barkley, who called James out for saying that race played a factor in the negative backlash.
LeBron James says that race has played a role in the massive backlash he has received since joining the Miami Heat over the summer. Charles Barkley disagrees. The former NBA star spoke with WIP in Philadelphia and called out LeBron for his comments on race. Barkley repeatedly referred to the James saga as a bad movie and said the criticism he has heard have nothing to do with race.
“The only criticism I’ve heard about LeBron and it was my biggest criticism, that decision thing was just stupid. It was stupid,” Barkley said. “The second thing when they all came out there dancing around on stage, that was silly. That’s the only thing I’ve heard LeBron get criticized about. That has nothing to do with race.”
“It’s like watching a movie,” the Basketball Hall of Famer added. “Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider, it gets more stupid.”
The TNT analyst also ripped ESPN for reporting on the Heat training camp every day and catering to James. “They have definitely crossed the line and this is unprecedented,” he said. “This is unprecedented ass kissing.”
LeBron James went to Twitter and tweeted that he’s keeping a mental note of everyone taking shots at him this summer and that set off another tirade from Hall of Famer Charles Barkley about the King With No Rings. While being interviewed on ESPN Radio 103.3 FM in Dallas/Fort Worth on Wednesday night, Barkley snapped.
“I want him to make sure that he puts my name on that (list). I thought that his little one-hour special was a punk move.”
Barkley continued his rant about the Heats trio’s welcome ceremony in the Miami, calling their dancing during the reception “a punk move,” too.
“He knows where I’ll be. I don’t run. I’m on TV every week, I’m easy to find.”