Charles Barkley has never been one to mince words. And now he’s saying what many of us have been thinking. Barkley was on ESPN 1000′s Waddle and Silvy radio show Tuesday and confessed his feelings. His comments were pretty straightforward.
“As an NBA fan I want to apologize to the fans. I cannot believe how bad the NBA is right now. I’m a fan first and foremost; watching the NBA right now, I’m embarrassed about the product we’re putting out there right now. It’s no fun for me to watch these games. I feel bad for the fans.”
Barkley wasn’t all negative as he talked up the hometown Bulls and reigning league MVP point guard Derrick Rose. He insisted that the Bulls are one of about ten NBA teams worth watching.
The whole interview can be heard HERE.
While it might seem odd that Barkley is bashing an NBA product that paid him about $40 million. To me, the beginning of the downfall began during Barkley’s era. Today’s game consists of walking the ball up the floor and giving it to the team’s best player who takes his defender one-on-one. This style began with Barkley’s close buddy, Michael Jordan.
There are only a handful of teams that will contend for an NBA Championship, but the same could be said about the days when he played. Instead of Dallas, Orlando, Miami and Oklahoma City joining the ranks of the Lakers, Bulls and Celtics as the NBA’s elite, it was Detroit, Portland and Utah. While the rules allowed more physical contact, the league’s hierarchy was made up of the same amount of teams.
In other words, not much has changed, Chuck.