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Thunder: 'Sir Charles' Barkley says Thunder will not win NBA championship

In fact, Barkley said Oklahoma City does not have the best team in the Western Conference. He criticizes Thunder's lack of execution in halfcourt sets and Russell Westbrook's shot selection.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 26, 2012

Asked how the Thunder's scoring trio is any different from league favorite Miami, which Barkley has trumpeted, Barkley pointed to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

“They get layups and dunks,” Barkley said. “Your guys shoot jumpers. That's the big difference.”

When prompted to consider the Thunder's transition game — Oklahoma City is tied with Memphis for fifth in the league in fast break points with 16.8-point average — Barkley countered with the style of play changing in the postseason.

“Yeah, but the game is going to slow down,” Barkley said. “And Dwyane and LeBron, they're going to get easier shots in a halfcourt set.”

Barkley's criticism is nothing new. It's now just centered on actual basketball.

But he has taken shots at Oklahoma City and the state as a whole numerous times dating to the New Orleans Hornets' two-year relocation at the start of the 2005-06 season.

Since then, Barkley has called Oklahoma a “vast wasteland,” said it was “no place for black people” and joked that former Hornets guard Chris Paul had chickens in his backyard while playing in Oklahoma City. Barkley also has questioned whether cable television had made its way to Oklahoma.

“Dude, that's a joke,” Barkley said. “I say the same (expletive) about Sacramento, dude.”

As for his five-year old promise to visit Oklahoma City, Barkley essentially put the onus on the Thunder.

“I hope y'all get to the Finals this year so I can get there,” he said. “I look forward to coming there.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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