TNT analyst Charles Barkley says Thunder needs to a add low-post scorer

Barkley is picking the Heat to win NBA Finals in 7 games. He also thinks Kevin Durant needs to improve his post-up game.
by Mel Bracht Published: June 3, 2014

Tim Duncan stepped out of character in Oklahoma City when he said, “We have four more to win and we’ll do it this time.” What was your impression of that comment?

I thought it was really cool. He’s the greatest power forward ever, in my opinion. I think they know they gave away the championship last year. I think Tim Duncan wants to retire. If he had won the championship last year, he would have retired. I think he wants to win the championship this year, so he can retire. I think he’s just trying to motivate himself, to be honest with you.

Why are you picking the Heat to win in 7 games?

No. 1, I am concerned about Tony Parker. And LeBron (James), you got to beat that guy four times. I think that’s tough to do. I just think he is amazing to watch. I told somebody, I’ve been in the NBA for 30 years. We’ve never had a superstar that leads his team in scoring, rebounding, assists and he has to guard the best player on the other team. As great as Michael Jordan was — and I’m not comparing him to Michael Jordan — as great as Kobe (Bryant) was, think of all the NBA stars, we’ve never had one guy had to do so much for a team, and it’s beautiful to watch. I told somebody, two years ago, this guy guarded Derrick Rose and in the Finals guarded Kevin Durant. To be able to guard Derrick Rose, the year he was MVP, and be able to shut him down in the fourth quarter, and then in the Finals, every time OKC needed a basket, he’s such a physical freak of nature — he’s quick enough to guard Durant and strong enough to make it tough on him. It’s just fun to watch LeBron. But if Tony Parker is not healthy, it won’t be the Heat in 6 or 7, it will be a lot quicker. They have no chance without Tony Parker.

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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