Charles Barkley spends most of his time on TNT broadcasts talking about the NBA’s top teams, but he found some time Tuesday to give an unfavorable appraisal of the Warriors on 95.7-FM.
“My question is: Is (Stephen) Curry a legitimate point guard?” Barkley asked in an interview with Ric Bucher and Brandon Tierney. “I think he’s a good player, but I don’t think he’s a point guard. That’s the first thing they have to solve.”
Barkley, a Hall of Fame player and now an analyst in the shock-jock mode, went on to say that the Warriors traded Monta Ellis for an injured part. Barkley said center Andrew Bogut, who won’t travel with the team on its three-game trip starting Friday, will never again play at a high level.
“I loved him as a player, but I don’t think he can ever play again,” Barkley said. “I don’t think he can ever be close to the player he used to be. He doesn’t just have injuries. He has major injuries. … His injuries were so major that he’s never going to be able to get back to where he was. I hate that, because he seems like a great kid. But I don’t ever think he can get back to that All-Star level where he was in Milwaukee.”
Warriors coach Mark Jackson hadn’t heard the comments when I asked about them at Wednesday’s shootaround. But you could tell that he was irked when he got the details.
“He actually made a statement about basketball. I didn’t know he covered basketball, any more. My goodness. I thought he was retired,” Jackson said of Barkley. “I understand. His job is to move the needle. … I would probably bet that he cannot name our starting five. … Please tell Dr. Barkley that I said, ‘Thank you for your assessment of my team.’”