Posted by Sabrina B.Â @gametimegirl
TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley joined ‘The Dan Patrick Show’ (which is one of my favorites!) to talk about the lockout and more.
Dan asked Barkley if he heard Bryant Gumbelâ€™s comments on HBO comparing David Stern to a plantation owner and of course Chuck had something to say about it…
â€œI thought they were stupid,â€ Barkley said. â€œDisrespectful to black people who went through slavery. When [you’re talking about] guys who make $5 million a year.â€
Barkleys said that during David Sternâ€™s stint as a commissioner, the average salary has gone from about $300K to $5 million. Barkley said that Stern isnâ€™t holding anyone back from making money. Barkley also said everyone has to realize Stern represents the owners.
Barkley also had interesting comments on union chief Billy Hunter. He said that Hunter is in a tough position because heâ€™s got the big stars in one ear and the average players in the other ear. â€œItâ€™s not a fair fight for Billy Hunter,â€ Barkley said.
Barkley isnâ€™t so sure about the big stars barnstorming overseas. He said it wonâ€™t help the players who really need the money. Barkley called it kind of a â€œcash grabâ€ for the star players. And Barkley thought the players should do it in America to provide some jobs.
Barkley canâ€™t understand why Kobe Bryant would do this tour. He said Bryant has nothing to gain from something like that.
Regarding the lockout, Barkley said heâ€™s worried about the people who work for the teams and the arenas. â€œIâ€™m not concerned about the players or owners,â€ Barkley said. â€œTheyâ€™re going to be fine.â€
Barkley thinks the key issue is small-market vs. big-market teams. He said that if small markets canâ€™t compete, the league isnâ€™t going to work. â€Weâ€™re not going to be baseball,â€ Barkley said.
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