Stephen Curry and the rest of the Golden State Warriors won’t win back-to-back NBA championships, according to former player and basketball analyst Charles Barkley.
“They have a terrific team. They’ve been great for the NBA. I’m telling you right now. They’re not going to win the championship this year,” the 53-year-old Barkley said while appearing on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”.
No one is taking Barkley seriously though as he made the same wrong prediction last year. Barkley claimed then that “jump shooting teams” have little chance of winning an NBA championship.
The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games in last year’s NBA Finals. The Warriors are pegged to once again make the NBA Finals this year and win the championship.
Currently, Golden State is on pace to break Michael Jordan’s Bulls 72-10 record. Earlier in the season, Barkley also said the that Bulls team would “kill” the current Warriors squad.
Barkley had a great NBA career but failed to win an NBA title. The 11-time All-Star and one-time NBA Most Valuable Player (1993) made the finals once but lost to Jordan’s Bulls in the championship round in 1993 in six games.
For his career, Barkley played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets. In his career from 1984 to 2000, he had career averages of 22.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
Watch Barkley talk about Colbert about his golf game:
(Video courtesy: YouTube/ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert)
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