If you have watched an NBA game on TNT, you surely know of Charles Barkely, and the tone he brings to the commentary he gives. He is usually a joker, with an attitude. Sometimes he is funny, and he does bring a players perspective to the commentary, but then there is his personal side, which, in my opinion is unnecessary, and can be very awkward at times.
An example of this was, was last month, when Charles was speaking on Boston Celtics star player, Isaiah Thomas, and the tragic loss of his younger sister, Chyna Thomas, who was only 22 years old. As Barkely was giving analysis on the loss, he was talking about a frame of footage that TNT showed, where Thomas was being consoled by teammate Avery Bradley. Barkley commented saying, “I’m not feeling comfortable with him sitting on the sideline crying like that. That makes me uncomfortable because that tells me he’s not in shape to play. I don’t know how this night is going to turn out. But to be sitting on the sideline for a few minutes before the game, crying, that makes me uncomfortable for him, That’s just not a good look, in my personal opinion.”
Though he is entitled to his opinion, that piece of Thomas grieving for his sister he just lost, not being a, “good look.” That was too far. Barkley then went on the broadcast a few day later to defend his comments, calling us upset at him, punks, scumbags, and more. Not to mention, he was pissed off at those critical. In my opinion, that wasn’t a good look Charles.
Most recently, last night after game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals, where the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics, Barkely, and fellow NBA Hall of Famer, Shaquille O’neal, got into a discussion about their resumes. Though, Barkely isn’t the only one to blame for getting off the topic of analyzing the game, he again went too far. Barkely claiming that Shaq, road “cottails” of former teammates of Shaq: Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Alonzo Morning, and Rick Fox. Shaq brushed off those comments by flashing his rings he’s won to Barkely, when Barkely then said “I’m gonna throw one of these chicken wings at your fatass.” This again shows that Chuck isn’t mature enough to be announcing to millions of viewers while he gets what he had coming to him for his own comments. Seeing as Shaq has 4 Rings, and 3 Finals MVP’s, Barkely, who has 0 of each and has only been to one finals, should probably let Shaq finish speaking when the conversation is about rings.
Barkely is a hall of famer, and at times provides really good commentary, but I think many of us wish he would stick to the game, and not the social aspects irrelevancy that follows the game unfortunately. It takes away from what is important, the game, the players, and how they are playing.