Charles Barkley Kicks Off The NBA Season In Controversial Style

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

You know it's NBA time when I have two Charles Barkley nuggets in one day. This one is actually far more crazy than the first though. Charles and Kenny Smith were in NYC for a TNT luncheon and the TNT analyst was apparently not holding back one bit.

Not only did the "Round Mound of Rebound" say that Portland is overrated, that Patrick Ewing is rolling over in his grave (in reference to the Knicks) AND that he "never understood ‘off the record,’ you can’t just say crazy sh*t and then say it’s ‘off the record’", buuuuuut he also shared not that funny joke about rumored ODer, Isiah Thomas. From Newsday via The Sporting Blog....

In discussing ways in which the Knicks should be improved this season, Barkley said, "I think they have a better coach. This coach probably won't try to kill himself."

When that indelicate reference to Isiah Thomas' recent hospitalization prompted nervous laughter from reporters during an informal lunch yesterday, Levy reminded Barkley that the session was on the record.

Barkley, usually not one to shy from potentially insensitive remarks, seemed to sense his attempt at humor had crossed a line. "That's my fault," he said.
Ouch. Suicide and death is just something that you should never joke about. At least he apologized, but according to SLAM, he didn't necessarily slow down. He cursed and joked throughout the media's questions, and even hinted that Nielsen Ratings are racist. The guy just doesn't have an off switch, which can be both good and bad, and yesterday it was certainly bad.

Be sure to check out the rest of the luncheon highlights via the SLAM link below for more curse world fueled fun!

Boo! Knicks Too Scary For TNT (Newsday)
Charles Barkley: At Least the Knicks Have a Coach Who 'Won't Try to Kill Himself' (The Sporting Blog)
Links: Lunch with Kenny and Charles (SLAM)



At times Barkley is hilarious and THE reason to watch perhaps the best show on television, Inside the NBA. Nevertheless, if you have to be controversial just for the sake of stirring controversy, then perhaps your schtick isn't that good.

Brad James said...
Oct 28, 2008, 2:56:00 PM  

there goes the run for governor. wake me when the finals start. *yawn

Anonymous said...
Oct 28, 2008, 4:01:00 PM  

I don't care what you high horsers say, that was hilarious. Every single Knicks fan in the world got a chuckle out of that.

GMoney said...
Oct 28, 2008, 4:11:00 PM  

Did you catch his segment on Conan last night.

Hilarity talking about Jordan and Tiger.

Anonymous said...
Oct 28, 2008, 6:58:00 PM  

That Isiah comment was pure genius. I'm still laughing.

Devon Edwards said...
Oct 28, 2008, 7:41:00 PM  

Isaiah shouldn't die because he's the only person who could possibly fuck up heaven.

Anonymous said...
Oct 28, 2008, 8:28:00 PM  

There is no subject that shouldn't be joked about. Absolutely none. The very idea goes against the fundamentals of comedy.

Anonymous said...
Oct 29, 2008, 1:38:00 AM  

shoot me, but the Frank TV bit with Charles and Shaq was not a downer

questionmark said...
Oct 29, 2008, 2:39:00 AM  

Why can't Barkley joke about death and suicide? Thomas fucked up the CBA (50 years of thriving business; Isiah buys it; bankrupt in a year); screws up the Raptors, the Pacers, NBC and the Knicks. He even screwed up a suicide attempt.

The asshole can't get anything right.

Anonymous said...
Oct 29, 2008, 9:10:00 AM  

AND throws his daughter under the bus at the same time....IT has some serious, serious issues. I think coming out will probably solve a few of em.

Oh, and Barkley is a fat POS. GO spit in some other kids face, charles.

gabagool said...
Oct 30, 2008, 2:12:00 PM  

gabagool....maybe charles should punch your stupid white ass in the face while hes fucking you wife you dumb fuck.

Anonymous said...
Oct 31, 2008, 2:29:00 PM  

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