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Charles Barkley’s bold prediction: ‘Sixers are going to win the championship’ (vid)

Charles Barkley uttered one of the hottest NBA hot takes in recent memory on Monday when he predicted the Philadelphia 76ers are going to world champions.

The opinionated Turner Sports analyst made the bold prediction while reacting to Philly’s Villanova Wildcats winning the national championship courtesy of a 79-62 throttling of the Michigan Wolverines.

“Let me make a prediction,” Barkley said on Monday night. “The Eagles won, Villanova won. The Sixers are going to win the championship.”

It merits noting that Barkley did not technically say the Sixers would win a championship this season. However, it’s reasonable to infer that’s what Sir Charles meant. Further, Barkley has been known to make provocative statements just for the sake of saying something to rile people up.

Tha said, the 76ers certainly have made incredible strides since the organization’s “Trust the Process” days. With Joel Embiid — one of the most charismatic and talented players in the NBA — and Ben Simmons forming a formidable and dynamic duo (not to mention the return of the potential-filled Markelle Fultz), Philadelphia (46-30) currently is slotted as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

And despite losing Embiid for the past two games due to an orbital bone fracture, the Sixers have kept plugging along, now having won 10 straight.

But winning an NBA title? It sounds like Barkley, a onetime Sixers superstar (albeit not by choice, apparently), may be imbibing a bit too heavily on the City of Brotherly Love Kool-Aid.