I’m a firm believer, if a guy shoots a three, that you knock his ass as far in the stands as you possibly can. We were getting beat by 30 or 40, I can’t remember. This guy was shooting threes and running up and down the court. I said, ‘Hey, we’ve got to hurt that guy right there.’
The national nightmare continues.
Any professional athlete who gets on TV or radio and says he never played with a gay guy is a stone-freakin’ idiot. I would even say the same thing in college. Every college player, every pro player in any sport has probably played with a gay person. … I’ve been a big proponent of gay marriage for a long time, because as a black person, I can’t be in for any form of discrimination at all.
Charles Barkley • The Hall-Of-Fame power forward speaking out about homosexuality in sports, in the wake of Phoenix Suns President and CEO Rick Welts coming out in an New York Times story over the weekend. Barkley’s comments are earnest and worthy of notice, especially in recent weeks that have seen sexual orientation become a focal point in the NBA. The impetus of it all, to some extent, was the very public stance the league took when Kobe Bryant hurled a slur at an official. Bryant received a s stiff fine, and to his credit to some extent, he later partnered with a gay rights group for public education. Then, Phoenix Suns players Grant Hill and Jared Dudley shot a PSA denouncing the use of “gay” as a playground insult (a move that invariably and depressingly got them called “gay” a lot via Twitter). It was on this recent foundation that Welts came out. Courage like this brings us ever closer to a more enlightened society, so simply, thank you. source (via • follow)
Mike D’Antoni is always going to make excuses to cover his own (butt).
Charles Barkley halftime of Knicks v Celtics gm 2 - @FisolaNYDN
Well the trade don’t make the Knicks a contender. I still don’t think they’re one of the four best teams in the East. I don’t think they can win a playoff series.
Charles Barkley on Mike D’Antoni’s up-tempo system:
I don’t think they can win with this system. … They had a lot more talent in Phoenix. A lot more. The three most critical areas of the game are defense, rebounding and turnovers. That’s the fundamental flaws of that system. It’s not going to end pretty.
Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni:
That’s what he does for a living and up until we win one, he’s right. Hopefully, that’s our goal, to make him be wrong and it won’t be the first time he’s wrong and that’s how it is.
Well if I was on that team, the next meeting I would have every player and every coach come in without shoes on, something like that.