Whether or not you’re keen on him or hate him, Charles Barkley by no means leaves any doubt as to the place he stands — and that features his emotions on the Nets.
Throughout a Wednesday convention name selling his participation within the American Century Championship golf event, the “NBA on TNT” analyst declared that he’s actively rooting towards Brooklyn’s “tremendous staff” because it pursues an NBA championship. Barkley appeared to take problem with the best way the Nets acquired Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in free company and James Harden via an in-season commerce with the Rockets.
“I am not a fan of tremendous groups,” Barkley mentioned (through Stefan Bondy of the New York Day by day Information). “In the event that they win it, they win it. However I wish to make it completely clear — I am rooting towards these guys. I am rooting towards all tremendous groups. I am old-fashioned.”
Barkley does not consider that star-stacking is “good for the sport,” noting that the highest gamers of his period spent most or all of their careers with one franchise, even when the staff wasn’t thought-about a perennial contender.
“Despite the fact that we did not win a championship, the Sixers had been price watching once I was there,” Barkley mentioned. “The Knicks had been price watching. The Pacers had been price watching when Reggie [Miller] was there. Similar with Atlanta and Dominique [Wilkins]. So I simply do not assume it is good for enterprise, however these younger youngsters, all of them fold to look stress and really feel like they acquired to win a championship or their life sucks. . . .
“I be ok with my legacy. I am certain Patrick [Ewing] and John [Stockton] and Karl [Malone] do. LeBron [James] began this tremendous staff factor and it is the best way the sport is performed.”
Barkley could not like how the staff was shaped, however the outcomes (thus far) communicate for themselves. The Nets completed with the second-best document (48-24) within the Japanese Convention behind solely the 76ers (49-23), they usually’ve received six of their first seven playoff video games. Brooklyn very a lot seems the a part of a title favourite.
Regardless of the excessive degree of success, the Nets stand within the shadow of the Knicks, one of many largest surprises of the 2020-21 marketing campaign. The Knicks had been eradicated within the first spherical of the NBA playoffs, however they nonetheless really feel like New York’s staff. Barkley was completely happy to level that out.
“The Brooklyn Nets acquired a a lot better staff, however once they play it is like a mausoleum. They usually acquired a a lot better staff,” Barkley mentioned. “I would like [the Knicks] as a result of that place was on hearth, and I am hoping they preserve getting higher as a result of that place was hearth. I have been there when it has been on hearth. It is nice for the NBA that the Knicks are doing good.”
Perhaps Barkley will change his tune if the Nets are capable of seize the Larry O’Brien trophy this yr — in all probability not, although.