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Charles Barkley Needs to shut up


Since training camp began, TNT analyst Charles Barkley has seemed to have it out for the New York Knicks.

While I am a huge fan of Barkley’s, his continued jabs at the Knicks have to stop. He’s just making himself sound foolish and losing credibility by the day.

Dec. 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NBA former player Charles Barkley attends the game between the New York Knicks adn teh Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 116-107. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

It began in training camp when Barkley insisted that the Brooklyn Nets were the best team in New York, which was fair to say and still could be true at the end of the season.

Barkley has admitted to only watching the Knicks play one time at Madison Square Garden since retiring as a player in 2000.

“Cause y’all’s team stunk,” he said. “Why would I go see y’all play? One thing about me is I’m not going to watch the bad teams play.

Fair enough.

But then he went on to call the Knicks ‘Playboy Bunnies’.

Everybody in New York thinks the Knicks are Playboy bunnies, and I have been telling them for years the Knicks are a rabbit,” he said. “They’re closer to a Playboy bunny this year but for the last few years these guys are like, ‘We have a really good team!’ And I say, ‘You really think that?’ And I say, ‘No, they don’t.’ But this is the best team they’ve had in a while.”

Barkley must realize that whether he has any beef (none that I am aware of) with the Knicks organization, this is a good team. One of the better ones in the NBA in fact. It’s a quarter of the way through the season. It is a large enough sample size to judge.

Finally Barkley suggested that the Knicks haven’t beaten anyone all season, which just makes him sound foolish. His statement was that the Knicks don’t have any good wins.

Really?

I agree.

Taking apart the Heat twice by 20 aren’t good wins, they are great ones. So is winning in San Antonio. As a matter of fact, eight of the Knicks 17 wins are against teams that would currently be in the playoffs and there are also victories against teams that will be in the playoff mix at the end of the season such as the Lakers, Nuggets and Pacers.

It’s sad to say, but Barkley just has a personal vendetta against the Knicks’ organization.

Many of the statements he has made recently are just way off the wall.

I respect Barkley a ton, but what he needs to do is swallow his pride a little bit and shut up.

Target another team where your comments will have a little more validity.

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  • mike tanz

    Yep. It’s really sad when they push him as the lead analyst and number 1 know it all when he just has the attitude of because I said so and I am chuck! Don’t base a team by training camp, or past teams, live in the present and give some respect to a team that wins with a huge amount of heart

  • http://twitter.com/beermelons michael drew

    If Bernie Madoff wants to give a lecture on the value of being trustworthy, and Barkley wants to lecture on the Knicks, I promise you that Madoff has more credibility