Charles Barkley likes the Golden State Warriors but on a given day he could be the team’s frank critic. The former NBA player turned analyst stated the Warriors’ “girlie” style of play will not win them back the championship.
Speaking on TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” Barkley did not hold back his thoughts about how the Warriors are playing. The 53-year old and 11-time NBA all-star noted that he means no disrespect for women’s basketball. Barkley clarified that he does not want its style of play in the NBA.
“Maybe I’m old school. But I’m never going to like that little girlie basketball where you have to outscore people,” Barkley said. “I’m biased against girl basketball. I love women’s college basketball, but I don’t want it in the NBA.”
Aside from criticizing the Warriors’ style of play this season, Barkley has openly been against Kevin Durant joining the team. Barkley even called Durant a “cheater” for jumping into the Warriors’ “gravy train” to win a championship. He added that players these days do not want to compete rather they want to simply ease their way.
However, Barkley might reconsider his strong words for the Warriors, who lost to the Houston Rockets, 132-127 in double overtime. Thursday night saw the Warriors way of their game as the Rockets dominated the boards getting second chance points. Despite the loss, the Warriors still lead the West with a 16-3 tally while the Rockets improve to a 12-7.
But it does not change the fact that Barkley does not like the way they play this season. Especially with their creation of the “super team,” that clearly aims to dominate the game of basketball.
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In his 16 years playing in the NBA, Barkley never won an NBA championship. He got drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1984. He then got traded to the Phoenix Suns in 1992 and then got traded to the Houston Rockets in 1996. It was a year after the Rockets won a championship against the Orlando Magic. It was the last chance for Barkley to win a championship teaming up with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler.
But sadly, Barkley and company failed to win a supposed third straight title for the Rockets. Barkley would then retire from playing basketball in 2000.
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