TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley has never had a problem expressing his opinion and Sir Charles was busy doing exactly that in his breakdown of the Atlantic division on NBA.com.
Barkley didn’t have kind things to say about the New York Knicks as he doesn’t see the Carmelo Anthony-Amar’e Stoudemire duo having much success and he sees the Brooklyn Nets being a much better team than the Knicks in 2013.
It’s hard to argue with Barkley, considering the Knicks are 30-33 in the regular season when Stoudemire and Anthony are healthy and on the floor together and only 1-7 when they’re together in the postseason.
“It’s not going to work, and it’s not going to click,” Barkley said of the Knicks’ superstar duo. “I’m not a believer that a leopard can change its spots. They’re both very good offensive players — Carmelo is a great offensive player, Amar’e is a very good offensive player. But I don’t think all of a sudden they’re going to become great rebounders and great defenders.”
Barkley also added that because of the shortcomings of Anthony and Stoudemire at the defensive end of the floor, it puts way too much pressure on Tyson Chandler, who was often in foul trouble last season.
“They don’t rebound the ball well and they’re not a good defensive team,” Barkley said. “I really think that’s going to be their downfall. I don’t foresee them getting better, to be honest with you.”
Barkley went on to criticize the Knicks for allowing Jeremy Lin to leave as a free agent and criticized the signings of Jason Kidd and Marcus Camby, saying ‘I love that (move) … if it was 2000. I’m not so sure that I like it in 2012.”
As for the Nets, Barkley called them the best team in New York based on that he felt their offseason acquisitions were far better than those of the Knicks. Barkley especially raved about the trade to bring in Joe Johnson.
“I think Joe Johnson is going to be huge in Brooklyn, because he’s more of a role player,” Barkley said. “The problem he had in Atlanta was they expected him to be the best player. The best player (in Brooklyn) is Deron Williams. So I really think that they’re the best team in New York.”
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