March 12, 2013
Charles Barkley on Suggestion of Shorter NBA Season: “That’s a great point but these owners are greedy pigs”
SI media critic Richard Deitsch was in attendance for an event promoting CBS/Turner’s coverage of the NCAA tournament, which starts next week.
Charles Barkley, who will appear in one of the networks’ two studio shows, was, unsurprisingly, candid.
Charles Barkley just addressed the Manti Te’o story: “He was in on it,” says Barkley.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) March 11, 2013
From Deitsch’s story, here are some of Barkley’s other interesting soundbites:
- Can the Knicks make noise in the Playoffs? “They can’t get past the second round.”
- How do you feel about Dwight Howard? “I wish he would tell Kobe to shut the hell up and get off [his] back”
- Could the NBA benefit from a shorter season? “That’s a great point but these owners are greedy pigs…If we started the season around Christmas and played, say, 70 games, we would stay from football and college football. I think if we played 70 games and started later we would benefit.“
Though the compressed season caused more back-to-backs, it was nice last year when the NBA started as football was winding down. Barkley’s probably right that the League would ultimately benefit, especially if you measure success in terms of quality of play, player health, and fan happiness as opposed to purely in dollars and cents. But, because of NBA owners’ propensity to focus on the latter in the short-term — something that’s clearly not lost on Barkley — he’s probably also right that it will never happen.