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Charles Barkley with Nirvana

Smells like donuts. 
I just started laughing. How old is Kobe Bryant? He’s 34? And he’s calling us old? At the time, we were only like 28, 29. Michael Jordan and me were the same age. We were both 29. Other than Kobe, LeBron and Kevin Durant, I don’t think anybody else on that team makes our team.

Sir Charles’ response to Kobe’s assertion that the 2012 Olympic team could beat the original Dream Team partly because of age.

Barkley makes a good point. The Dream Team only had two players past their prime in Bird and Magic. And Magic looked to have a lot left in the tank according to the recent documentary. Meanwhile everybody else on that team was in or entering their prime.

What people lose sight of is that, unlike with todays game where college players are 1 and done, an NBA player’s prime years used to be his late 20’s-early 30s. Grown men doing grown up stuff. Because of early eligibility todays player reaches his apex, well… earlier. Usually his mid-to-late 20’s (LeBron, Wade, Bosh). In other words, the guys on the Dream Team were not old. They were masters.

So who do you think would win this dream matchup: Dream Team or Redeem Team II? And remember,

Jordan

He coached the Bad Boys. And if you can coach those assholes, you can coach anybody.
— Charles Barkley (on Chuck Daly)
You will mess with a guy named Zaza, but a guy got a nickname ‘Ivan the Terrible’ you are not going to mess with.
Charles Barkley on if Kevin Garnett will try to intimidate Ivan Johnson.
I’m a firm believer, if a guy shoots a three, that you knock his ass as far in the stands as you possibly can. We were getting beat by 30 or 40, I can’t remember. This guy was shooting threes and running up and down the court. I said, ‘Hey, we’ve got to hurt that guy right there.’
— Charles Barkley had NBA bounties when he played.
There’s no doubt in my mind if I was playing today I’d be going to the game in a spaceship.
— Charles Barkley

upnorthtrips:

KNICKS VS SUNS BRAWL, 1993

THIS!!! THIS ENTIRE THING! Greg Anthony’s shirt!

"The Hawks ain’t got nothing but a bunch of nice guys."
- Charles Barkley

"The Hawks ain’t got nothing but a bunch of nice guys."

- Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley & J Dilla.

Ron (Artest) is a really good dude, but you always worry about him. He’s one of those guys that you always worry about.
— Charles Barkley on the Dan Patrick Show

From the 99-00 season, Shaq fights Charles Barkley. The Chuckster was lucky Shaq’s first punch missed, but he hung in there and got the takedown, in a match that was far closer than Barkley’s battle with Godzilla.

Game 2, I’m talking to my daughter. She said ‘Dad? Are y’all going to win tonight?’ I said ‘Baby, your dad is the best basketball player in the world. I’m going to dominate tonight.’ And I remember, I think I had 46, 47; I played great. And Michael had 52.

And I got home that night, and my daughter was crying and said ‘Dad, y’all lost again.’ I said ‘Baby, Michael Jordan is better than me.’ She said ‘Dad, you never said that before.’ I said ‘Baby, I never felt like that before.’
— Charles Barkley talks NBA Playoffs, the ‘93 Finals, and homophobia on The B.S. Report.
Great Moments in NBA Photoshops: Charles Barkley as a Na’avi

Great Moments in NBA Photoshops: Charles Barkley as a Na’avi

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