If you can count on Charles Barkley for one thing, well a couple of things — it is his brutal honesty and the fact that statements made colored with said brutal honesty are almost always spot-on.
Such was the case during a recent conference call Barkley was taking part in along with Shaquille O’Neal and Reggie Miller, his NBA analyst cohorts on TNT.
The topic of which New York team — the Brooklyn Nets or New York Knicks — reigned supreme came up during the call. O’Neal apparently opted to go with the Nets while Miller sided with the Knicks, calling them a “slight favorite.”
But of course, Sir Charles couldn’t simply provide his opinion without adding a bit of panache with a well-crafted zinger.
Said Barkley, who said the Nets “are the best team in New York,” added the following barb about the Knicks:
“If it was 2000, I would make the New York Knicks the favorite to win the NBA championship.”
Bravo, Chuck. Bra-freaking-vo. And the best part is one needn’t feel compelled to take a long, hard look at the current roster of the Knicks and then imagine how the team would fare way back in 2000. We all know without confirming that not only did Barkley craft a brilliant zinger, he is more or less dead-accurate with his assessment.
Mike Mazzeo of ESPN NewYork also notes that Barkley didn’t wait to the most recent conference call to rip the Knicks as it relates to the advancing years of the players that comprise its roster. According to a Newsday report, Barkley reportedly said that the Knicks “must think it’s 1995,” before adding the following dose of reality: “It’s 2012. They went out and got 92-year-old Jason Kidd and 92-year-old Marcus Camby.”
Keep ‘em coming, Chuck.