Charles Barkley admits error in excluding Steph Curry from top-5 list
Charles Barkley is not one who relishes copping to making a mistake, but the outspoken NBA on TNT analyst admits he was “100% wrong” to leave Stephen Curry off a top-5 NBA player list he compiled earlier this season.
Barkley originally named LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden as his five-best players in the league.
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Barkley offered up his mea culpa on his Curry gaffe during an appearance this week on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption.”
“Steph Curry has put his name back in the conversation — we talk about the best players in the world, we talk about KD, we talk about Giannis, Kawhi, LeBron — Steph Curry is proving to us he’s a two-time MVP,” Barkley said.
After an uneven regular season and rough start in the playoffs — at least by Curry’s standards — the Golden State Warriors superstar has come alive during the team’s fifth consecutive run to the NBA Finals.
Averaging 27.3 points per game in the postseason, Curry has run off five straight 30-plus-point games while closing out the Houston Rockets in a conference semifinal matchup and sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals. The sharpshooter has found his stroke in the process and is now hitting 45.2% from the field and 39.0% from three-point range in the playoffs.
“He’s been fabulous,” Barkley said of Curry.
Barkley, who has offered up some pretty outrageous hot takes when it comes to the Warriors, also credited Steve Kerr and his staff for putting the players in positions to excel.
“I want to give a shoutout to Steve Kerr and his coaching staff because they got guys on the bench who have come in the game — going back to Game 6 in Houston — and played fabulous and that’s the coaching staff,” Barkley said. “It goes to show that when they’re not playing games they’re working with those young players.”
With Barkley having eaten his words over his Curry slight, the only question remains is who would Sir Charles remove from his original top-5 list?