NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley earned plenty of criticisms after his recent comment about Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas. Barkley defended himself and called the Thomas defenders nitwits, fools and idiots.
Most people praised Isaiah Thomas for showing up in the Game 1 of the Celtics-Chicago Bulls playoffs matchup despite the death of his sister, Chyna. Prior to the game, Thomas was in tears but still managed to establish an impressive performance. On TNT’s pregame show, Charles Barkley commented on Thomas’ situation, saying that seeing him crying made him uncomfortable.
Charles Barkley fires back at Isaiah Thomas defenders
Some people expressed their dismay on Barkley’s comment and criticized the 54-year-old Hall of Famer. On Tuesday’s Inside The NBA show, Barkley took a shot against his critics and explained what he really said.
“I want to address something that really bothered me,” Barkley said. “I heard that all these nitwits, fools, idiots were complaining what I was saying about Isaiah Thomas the other night making me uncomfortable. Number one, I don’t care what y’all think. I don’t care what your mom and daddy think either, just for the record. But to insinuate what I was trying to — what I was saying, I’m uncomfortable talking about his pain and then going to basketball. For all you nitwits, scumbags, idiots, punks, to try to make that a story because y’all don’t have ratings and use my name to draw ratings, don’t do that. You don’t have any talent, it’s the simple fact, you don’t have any talent. Let me be me.”
Barkley revealed that he had a conversation with Isaiah Thomas regarding the issue. He assured that he and the Celtics star are in good terms. Barkley hopes Thomas and his family the best and ripped his critics once again for making his statement a big deal.
“I’ve talked to Isaiah,” Barkley said. “He didn’t take any offense to that. What I was talking about, I wish him and his family nothing but the best. For you punks to try to make a big deal out of it, it just pisses me off.”
Isaiah Thomas, Celtics could suffer early exit in NBA Playoffs 2017
Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics could be easily eliminated in the NBA Playoffs 2017. As of now, the Bulls lead the series, 2-0, after beating the Celtics, 111-97, on Tuesday night at the Madison Square Garden. In Game 3 and Game 4, the Bulls will be having the homecourt advantage, giving them the opportunity to sweep the Celtics in the first round.
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