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Thunder-Lakers remote patrol: Charles Barkley 'can't wait' to come to Oklahoma City

TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley can no longer avoid it. He and the rest of the TNT studio team will be coming to Oklahoma City for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, and Barkley sounded pleased that he finally was fulfilling his promise.
by Mel Bracht Published: May 22, 2012

“I think he looks around hoping to hear a voice familiar,” Harlan said late in the game. “He has lost all his combatants. (Derek) Fisher is gone. Phil Jackson is gone. (Lamar) Odom is gone. Very tough for Kobe Bryant.”

Miller took a shot at Lakers coach Mike Brown for resting Bryant to start the fourth quarter when the Thunder put the game away with a 10-0 run. “If I'm Mike Brown, I got to get Kobe Bryant in the game.”

After Westbrook hit an unbelievable shot after a steal in the third quarter, Harlan said, “Westbrook with 12 (in the quarter) is looking to light a fire, a fuse for the Thunder.”

Miller objected to a flagrant one foul being called on World Metta Peace as he hammered Thabo Sefolosha late in the first half. World Peace also was called for a technical foul. “That was just a hard playoff foul,” he said. “I can understand why World Metta Peace is upset because it's guilt by association.”

A few minutes earlier, he said World Peace was playing like the Incredible Hulk. “He is just throwing people around left and right.”

Short takes

— At halftime, the TNT studio analysts agreed with Miller that a flagrant foul should not have been called on World Peace. Kenny Smith said, “Unfortunately your past catches up with you sometimes.”

— Smith and O'Neal poked fun at Barkley for apparently having his eyebrows waxed besides getting a manicure. “You all can't break me. I'm a metrosexual. I'm cool. I'm cool where I'm at.”

— TNT showed Derek Fisher addressing the Thunder in pregame. “What we just have to do is do our job,” he said. “Everybody do their job, man. We're going to win tonight.”

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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