TNT analyst Charles Barkley calls Thunder coach Scott Brooks 'most underrated coach in NBA'

Kenny Smith says OKC has the ability to win championship this year
by Mel Bracht Published: February 6, 2014

Barkley on Durant's aggressive play in the absence of Westbrook: “Magic Johnson and LeBron James are two of the greatest players ever that would rather get 12 assists than 35 points. Kevin Durant has always been like that, but with Westbrook out, he has been more aggressive. I want to see what's going to happen when Westbrook comes back.”

Barkley on whether or not Serge Ibaka deserved a spot on the Western Conference All-Star team: “Ibaka is in the conversation, but (Suns guard Goran) Dragic is the one guy that should be on the team. If I had to pick between him and Ibaka, I would have gone with Dragic.”

Barkley on Westbrook: “If you go back and look at the shots Durant's making (in Westbrook's absence), they are tough shots. Westbrook is so dynamic and such a terrific player it will be interesting to see if Durant is going to get those shots (when Westbrook comes back). Westbrook is a great player who is not a real point guard. He could score anytime he wants to, but before he takes that next level he needs to learn how to make the players around him better. That's how you go from being a good player, to an All-Star, to a superstar.”

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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