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Charles Barkley: Warriors won’t win the championship this year

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Charles Barkley, no stranger to bold proclamations, went out on limb by guaranteeing the Golden State Warriors will not repeat as NBA champions this year.

“I’m telling you right now, I’m guaranteeing the Warriors will not win the world championship,” Barkley said on “Inside the NBA” Tuesday night.

The Warriors of course are on the verge of breaking the Chicago Bulls’ regular-season win record with only a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night standing in their way.

For what it’s worth, Barkley believes the Warriors will break the Bulls’ record by notching 73 regular-season wins.

As far as repeating as NBA champions is concerned, though, Barkley felt so confident in his opinion that the Warriors will not be hoisting the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy at the conclusion of the NBA Finals, he made a big promise.

“If the Golden State Warriors win a championship, I will get on my knees and congratulate them,” he said, via Inside the Warriors. “Because let me tell you something. Regardless of what y’all say, if you go back and actually look at the playoffs last year, they did not play one team that was healthy in the playoffs.”

Barkley’s lukewarm endorsement of the Warriors of course is nothing new. Just last month during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” he said the same thing about their championship prospects. But he did acknowledge that the Warriors are a “terrific team” that has “been great for the NBA.”

The same goes for last season when Barkley argued that the Warriors weren’t even one of the three best teams in the Western Conference, saying, “I don’t like jump-shooting teams.”

This of course meant Barkley had to eat his words once the Warriors won the title by wearing a shirt that mocked his opinion.

We’ll have to wait and see if the Warriors will make Barkley actually get on his knees and congratulate them should they win it all.