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Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:51 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 9:59 pm
 
Charles Barkley isn't feeling the NBA's current quality of play. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

Charles Barkley is sorry that you, the NBA fan, are being subjected to this lockout-shortened season.

The loud-mouthed TNT commentator told ESPN Chicago that the quality of play during this 66-game season simply isn't up to snuff. Some of the comments, as transcribed by SportsRadioInterviews.com.
"As a NBA fan I want to apologize to the fans, I cannot believe how bad the NBA is right now, I’m a fan first and foremost, watching the NBA right now I’m embarrassed about the product we’re putting out there right now. It’s no fun for me to watch these games, I feel bad for the fans.

"There are probably ten teams worth watching on a nightly basis. They have all these built in excuse about it’s the lockout. Let me tell you something if these teams played once a week they would still suck. You watch one of these teams and they rested for a week they would still suck. I don’t know man. I feel bad for the fans."
Barkley, of course, is a known contrarian, and his critique simply doesn't pass the smell test.

As TrueHoop.com noted on Thursday, arena attendance is up while television ratings and internet traffic are both way up. In other words, Barkley is apologizing to a lot of people whose collective decision-making suggests they don't feel particularly aggrieved.

The numbers have been crunched, and scoring, offensive efficiency and shooting percentages are all down this season. The condensed schedule has led to some truly ugly abominations. The Charlotte Bobcats got blown out by 44-points on Wednesday night, for example, and the Orlando Magic went from juggernaught to downright unwatchable in less than a week.

But, by and large, the ugliness is masked very, very nicely by the sheer volume of games. One thing is for sure: no one is dwelling on individual games this season, there is simply no time for it. On to the next one, as Jay-Z might say. It's a way of life in this year's NBA.

Less rest days and more games means shorter memories for players and media but it also produces a new viewing experience for fans. Gone are the regular nights where there are but a handful of games to choose from. Even if, like Barkley says, only one/third of the league is worth watching, that's 10 teams. On any given night, 4-6 of those teams are liable to be playing, meaning the odds that there are at least two entertaining games to hold a fan's interest are pretty high.  There aren't many people in the United States who expect, or require, more than two good games per night from the league.

Apparently, Barkley is one of them. Or, he at least wants to pretend to be one of them. That's his perogative. But in a week that saw LeBron James jump over a human being during an alley-oop and Blake Griffin deliver one of the most memorable dunks in league history over a 30-hour timespan, his stance isn't convincing in the slightest.
Comments

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:29 pm
 

Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

I thought I was alone in thinking the NBA quality of play stinks. Thanks Charles for someone saying something I can't say to the media! Now to be fair, I am a Pistons fan and they are awful. I have watched 3 games and when it got to be 22 points down, I change the channel.



Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:23 pm
 

Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

arena attendance is up while television ratings and internet traffic are both way up


Pretty much says it all.  They should do it this way every year.  There are usually so many regular season games, most of the players can slack off or sit out with "injuries" for half the season because a .500 team can still make the playoffs.  But with fewer games, more of them matter.  I'm usually still watching football when the NBA season starts.  Christmas day is the perfect time to start the season.  If you don't like "showboating", watch NCAA basketball.  Fans want to be entertained by the pros, and dunks are part of the choreography.  The "ten teams worth watching on a nightly basis" are the ten teams SportsCenter focuses on EVERY night of EVERY year while canvassing for league contraction.  The media obsesses over individual players that score 35-40 points a game.  All the highlights are of the same few big salary players.  While teams like the Pacers that have 6 players in double digits every game, can't buy a photo shoot.  That's fine by me.  Try coming up with a defense plan to stop one of 5 players that can score 30 on any given night, while 5 others put up 15 - 20.



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:29 pm
 

Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

Chuck need to shut up, we let him talk enough already. He's the embarrassment for coming on tv every night and speaking all that garbage that comes out of him mouth. Diaper mouth!!!



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:57 am
 

Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

Barkley is spot on and the blogger writes like he is a 10 year old watching the NBA for the first time in his life......and to quote "Jay-Z" on this is another abomination.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:20 am
 

Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

Apparently, Barkley is one of them. Or, he at least wants to pretend to be one of them. That's his perogative. But in a week that saw jump over a human being during an alley-oop and deliver one of the most memorable dunks in league history over a 30-hour timespan, his stance isn't convincing in the slightest.

Oh and by the way, this is showboating. This is not good basketball. We enjoy the globetrotters too but give me great passing, cutting, 90% foul shooting and defense ahead of the show plays. Behind most top 10 highlights is a defensive break down by the opponent.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:15 am
 

Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

Thank you Charles. I have said since I first saw the schedule, this would be a disaster. There have been injuries and the play has been horrible. The schedule is all about greed and lack of concern for the players and the fans. There should be firings within the player's union and the NBA front office for this fiasco.

With regards to attendance being good, inet hits being up and tv ratings being great, that doesn't mean fans are satisfied, many of us love the game and are hoping week to week for a better product.

Refs have been horrible too. They must have been sitting at home eating chips and drinking beer throughout the lockout.



Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:03 am
 

Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

As several people on here pointed out, you already blew up your own argument by stating that all offensive efficiency is down, and followed that with the astounding remark that nobody cares nor will notice since there are so many games being played each night.

Barkley was spot on. The Bucks 10-11, Cleveland 8-12, Detroit 4-20, Boston 11-10, NY 8-14, NJ 8-15, Toronto 7-16, Washington 4-18, Charlotte 3-20, NOLA 4-19, Golden State 8-12, Phoenix 8-13, Sac 7-15, that's a lot of excellent basketball Ben. Not to mention Orlando is awful despite their record, and the Lakers aren't very good either. There have been plenty of massacres this season, 40 point blowouts, 30 point, 20 point, it happens nightly. And you would counter by saying that's because they play three straight nights, sort of fair, but these teams could play twice a week and you would see the same type of destruction because there are just far too many atrocious teams in the league. The NBA would be far better served by decreasing the number of teams in the league. This isn't the NFL, where every team has a viable chance to get to the playoffs, make a Super Bowl, and win, the NBA draft isn't even set up for teams to do that. 

I don't think your stance is "convincing in the slightest."  



Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:15 am
 

Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

I wasn't going to watch it this year because I didn't want the owners to cave in to these punks.  However, the team play of the Nuggets reeled me in.  I have to say this has been a much more enjoyable year.  Dumping Carmelo and having a full team of contributors has been fun to watch.  Having games closer together has kept me much more interested and I hope that continues in the future.  I think this year the teams offering a faster pace more sharing game are the ones exposing the "me shoot only" teams... hello Knicks, Lakers, and others.



Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:57 am
 

Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

As a huge knick fan i have to agree with Sir Charles.  Every single knick game i've watched this year has been a horror show.  Every single game.  I would rather watch random people playing outside on a hoop with no net.  Individual players have made some pretty spectacular plays, but the NBA has really been a joke with the exception of teams like Denver, Portland, Utah, both LA teams, OKC, CHI, Philly, Indiana and Miami.  The Wolves are exciting too.   



Since: Feb 7, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:41 am
 

Charles Barkley 'embarrassed' by quality of NBA

The thing that is killing the NBA is the super teams like the Heat, the Knicks, and Clippers. Though these teams are fun to watch, but it makes for bad basketball around the league. Nobody cares about the Cavs (James), Raptors (Bosh), Suns (Stoudemire), and Hornets (Paul) like they did a couple years ago, but when those teams had stars they played good basketball and people cared about them. 


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