“I don’t think I’ve ever been that skinny!”
Trust Chuck to have the best soundbite of the night.
But after all it was his day.
Yesterday the Philadelphia 76ers unveiled a statue of Sir Charles Barkley outside their Camden practice facility. Joining the bronze likes of his legendary teammates at the time Dr. J, Julius Erving and the late great Moses Malone for one of the most storied teams in NBA history from The Answer to The Process.
“There is not a lot I can say this is just a humbling experience but it really means a great deal because I think people know what the 76ers mean to the NBA,” Barkley said of the honour to those in attendance.
Your move Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns.
But after running a power statue on Chuck to join the Legends Walk of Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham, Mo Cheeks et al at the Training Complex in Camden, New Jersey there are still spots left for the likes of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as Bark also remarked that he believes the new Sixers with Tobias Harris and this Summer’s free agent Al Horford will win the NBA Championship next year.
Isn’t he a TNT analyst?
You can forgive him it was an emotional day.
But stranger things have happened this Summer, Philly didn’t run out of bronze for the Round Mound of Rebound and one of the greatest players, especially Power Forwards the game has ever seen is finally getting his due in-between joking around with Shaq, Kenny Smith and E.J.
“You come here as a 21-year-old kid and now 40 years later – it has been pretty amazing – and it all started here so I just want to thank the 76ers Organization and the city of Philadelphia,” the great added. As Philadelphia Sixers head coach Brett Brown agreed, “We are privileged to have you a part of our past. You are referenced often.”
We all have our favourite stories about one of Basketball’s beloved, Top 50 players of all-time who averaged 23.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.7 steals during his time in Pennsylvania. And here’s mine…I don’t even think he was playing with Philly at the times but who cares? I tell this to people often-even non Bball fans-when they need some inspiration and I reach to my grab bag of top three stories that make me smile when I’m down. The other is an exchange between Wilt Chamberlain and playground legend Earl Manigault that Don Cheadle and Kevin Garnett as the Stilt recaptured at the Rucker for the G.O.A.T. movie (look it up), and the third being the time U2’s Bono made that “everytime I clap my hands someone dies” gaff.
Anyway if you’re sitting comfortably I’ll begin…
Back in the golden era 90’s day there was a Nike commercial in a barbershop featuring then Golden State Warriors Chris Webber and Latrell Sprewell boasting about one of them dunking on Barkley (I think it was Spree…see how good I am at telling this story Philadelphia?). I don’t even think I saw a Basketball in the whole commercial…let alone so much of a sneaker. But anyway the next time Chuck came up against those two in Oakland be hit like 50 odd points or something completely dominating the duo and game. With C-Webb and Sprewell down and out, draped in towels on the bench, Barkley after being a silent assassin all game and saying nothing in reply, backpedaled back downcourt after his last shot, finally looked at the distraught two and said…
“Put that in a f###### commercial!”
I hope the Dubs athletic trainer had some Aloe Vera.
I like this Charles Barkley quote too from back in the ’92 Dream Team Olympics heyday were he defined the fun that what his life and career by saying, “we’re here for a good time. Not for a long time!”
Well now in bronze he’s going to be here forever.
Friday The 13th Lucky For Lakers 13th Straight Win
Unlucky for some, Friday the 13th seemed to be a lady for the Lakers today in a scorching heated matchup between Los Angeles, California and Miami, Florida. As the purple and gold took home their 13th straight win on the road with an 113-110 win by the beach.
Foreman-Ali, Tyson-Holyfield. That’s how LeBron described this heavyweight bout between his old and new team that had a playoff atmosphere and was Anthony Davis concurred “fun”. But it really was a boxing match slugfest for the belt as at first it looked like The King hadn’t taken all his talents back to South Beach. Until former N.O. dynamic duo Davis and DeMarcus Cousins twin towered him. Grading him at an A- and telling him to get back to taking everyone to school.
And oh how did he.
In this ring Jimmy Butler’s 23 was serving right hooks all night and fans on Twitter low blows, below the belt (can the guy not have one bad day (or just half in all actuality) at the office without you showing him the cardboard box like ‘Jerry Maguire’? Have you not seen what he’s done in year 17?! YEAR 17 PEOPLE! Father what?). Down went The King. Down went The King. But like falling down seven times. He got up again like the 8th wonder (word to one more in number 24 as I sit typing this in Kobe, Japan wearing a number 23 Lakers jersey…because I’m just that type of guy). And he got up swinging. All the way to a T.K.O. in the American Airlines Arena he formed Voltron with the big three of the ready for the rafters, one last jersey of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who he hugged pregame with so much love. “You good? You good?” He asked. Concerned about his friend and court legends health like we all are. Great to see you looking so well CB4.
The Heat’s undefeated homestand came to an end on this court canvas, as city for city these two teams of sunshine states styled out, live and in living colour. Miami in those Crocket and Tubbs turquoise Vice Editions that have you rolling up your sleeves and L.A. in those M.D.E. Shaq sized affairs against the team the Diesel refuelled was traded to, that are real gold in California like his slamming STAPLES statue.
But as the King went from the gallows of seven first half turnovers to a final coronation of 28 points, 12 assists (you see that tap pass that was vintage Magic from the Point King?) we all know who the real Laker and Heat legend was this night.
No decision about it.
From washed King to those spin cycle moves that rinse you. Washing his hands with all those refreshed timelines.
But how about all the slamming like Shaquille and stuff from A.D. too? As long range as LeBron from the beach let alone downtown too. And that goaltend from the D.P.O.Y. too though. Those type of plays count in different ways. And Davis’ line of a Kareem 33 points for a double, double with 10 rebounds was as sure thing automatic and reliable as the white tee under his jersey (I’ve just ordered mine in the Black Friday sale. It may aswell come with a lack of white tees because of A.D. and well I’m white and thinner than the hair that used to be uptop my crown).
Big man X-factor JaVale McGee also showed up sky-hook, lay-up line and alley-oop and one sinker finisher with that muscle flexing, screaming passion. Oh and 9 points, 10 rebounds and “hand me the Defensive Player Of The Year award” 5 blocks.
Those weren’t goaltends.
In the end it was just too much dynamic duo. Too much Bradley back to give the already deep Lakers more water (again just wait until Cousin relates even more than his advice at the half) and too much Alex Carushow, looking literally like an NBA Jam character pregame. Check the Lakers Twitter timeline. “He’s on fire”! Must be how he got that cut.
The Lakers are playing beautiful basketball right now. This is history. Like Shaq and Kobe, Magic and Kareem, Wilt and West, Mikan and those specs. Savour it.
As James Worthy clapping and lighting the cigar for this big game tweeted, “putting up 113 on Friday the 13th equals 13th straight Lake Show win”.
It’s all about the numbers 42.
Lucky for us.
Fun Guy Gets His Ring
“What it do baby!”
It may have taken longer than his Game 7 buzzer beating, playoff series winning shot against the Sixers, circling around the rim to process. But the board man finally gets his ring. As Kawhi Leonard was welcomed back to his world of the 6’s Jurassic Park for a ring reunion. Returning as a Clipper to his Raptor home in Toronto for more Star clippings.
But in the end against the Canadian champion who are surprisingly still so in contention good without him, it was all L.A. his way.
Kawhi Leonard had 23 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 ring and a partridge in a pear tree this Christmas season, as the L.A. Clippers beat the Toronto Raptors (taking it back in uniform and court to their 1995 expansion inception like the dream of cousins Carter and McGrady running a dunk contest night in and night out), 112-92.
And T-Dot just wish they could take it back to last Summer man.
But as Kyle played ring bearer to Kawhi pregame it was this moment of championship matrimony that kept Leonard and Lowry together like these two K.L.’s in initials ’til death do them part.
This brotherhood bond was bigger than it all this night…even basketball. Especially this basketball game. Even if 6 God Lou Will also added 18 and 8 assists against his former Raps club. To go along with Maurice Harkless’ 14, Paul George’s 13, 11 from the Patrick’s of Beverley and Patterson and 10 from Montrezl Harrell for this balanced diet of an attack.
But if your two feet want to talk about balance. T.O is like T.D. too as they know how to eat well with everyone getting their share for their plate at the table this festive season with all the statistical trimmings.
Most Improved to Defensive Player Of The Year’ and team MVP Pascal Siakam had 24 for this 48 minutes worth of shot clocks even though the Clippers lead by as many as this. Whilst equally impressive Norman Powell added 22. OG Anunoby matched P.G. for 13 to go along with Terrence Davis 10. Whereas Spaniard Marc Gasol rounded out the rest of the Raps with 9 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.
But with the ovation all standing for a jumbo jumbotron tribute we all know which Raptor this night was for. All to his crowd roaring success as the whole arena sounded like a Tyronasaurus paddock…let alone a Raptor enclosure.
It was perimeter fence electric. 100,000 volts Tim!
The Klaw was back in the house of claws…if only for a night to rule the earth like when the dinosaurs did.
Welcome back to Jurassic World.
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