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.
“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.”
Sports Photo Galleriesview all
VIDEOS FROM NBA TV
Buy Tickets View all
- 81417Oklahoma tornadoes: 'It took it all'
- 31213Oklahoma State football: Limiting Wes Lunt's transfer options makes Mike Gundy look bad
- 29647Oklahoma Severe Storm Updates
- 24478Oklahoma weather: Crews work to clear storm damage in Oklahoma City as the state braces for severe weather Sunday.
- 8211Bounty hunters look for bail jumpers, fugitives on the streets of Oklahoma City
- 7508Oklahoma City Thunder: What could Serge Ibaka learn from Hakeem Olajuwon?
- 7403Severe storms possible in Oklahoma again Monday