Charles Barkley is great. I love Charles Barkley. But if you spend any time looking for a former NBA player who’s more fun to listen to, you’re wasting it.
Chuck is being funny. He’s telling jokes. Oak is being himself. He’s telling it like it is (from his perspective). Here’s his rap sheet, and here are his latest comments on Sir Charles:
"Barkley for his size was a good player but he’s a coward, though. … He wasn’t a leader and wasn’t a role model. Now he talks so bad about younger guys, I don’t respect that from him. … He wants to be funny, that whole TNT thing and all that, they’re like some clowns on that show."
Okay. Sounds like Oakley’s working up a lather here. Oakley on Kevin Garnett:
"He’s one of the weakest guys to ever play the game. He’s a complementary player and went to Paul Pierce’s team and won a championship. I wouldn’t consider him a top 10 tough guy."
Now, that’s not fair. It was Ray Allen’s team too. Kevin Garnett went to Paul Pierce AND Ray Allen’s team to win a championship. And I wouldn’t consider Garnett a top 100 tough guy. That feels better.
On Kendrick Perkins:
He’s just like Garnett. They holler and complain. If Kendrick Perkins would play basketball, Oklahoma City would win a championship the next three or four years. … You’re a power forward, you don’t let guys dunk on you. I played 18, 19 years I got dunked on three times …”
I actually like Perkins, but I do agree he needs to get better to help OKC win a ring. I’m just posting this quote because Charles Oakley is claiming to have only been dunked on three times in his entire career.
That’s just fantastic.