Charles Barkley is currently in South Lake Tahoe for the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship Tournament, and he took time after his Friday round to join Jim Kozimor onSportsTalk Live.
The Hall-of-Famer has been vocal and critical about the Golden State Warriors, stating numerous times that a jump-shooting team could not win the NBA championship. With a small lineup and two of the league’s top shooters in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors did just that this year, but Barkley has maintained his stance.
So Jim Kozimor asked him the burning question in the Bay Area: Why do you hate the Golden State Warriors?
I’ve been on television for 16 years, and I’ve said the exact same thing for 16 years: I’m not big on jump shooting teams. And the one year you guys have a terrific season, y’all took it personally.
They had a terrific season. Steve Kerr did a fantastic job. They have the best backcourt in the NBA. And congratulate them.
It always makes me laugh. I’ve said the same thing for 16 years, I don’t like jump-shooting teams. And y’all finally have a good team and all of a sudden everybody thinks I don’t like the Golden State Warriors.
I still think if Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving had’ve been healthy, they would have won that series.
LeBron flat out ran out of gas. But you put two more All-Stars on that team, the Warriors still might have won but I would have picked the Cavs if everyone was healthy.
LeBron should call (the blockbuster movie “Trainwreck” that features James and was released on Friday) Trainwreck 2, because the finals was Trainwreck 1.
Barkley placed Curry behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis in terms of NBA stardom, although he acknowledged that he deserved the MVP.
And he finished his interview with class: “Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors,” he said.
Got the drop at CSN Bay Area . . .