Charles Barkley talks Kobe, LeBron and how teams of the past would “kill these girly teams of today” in Maxim interview
Charles Barkley was pound for pound for one of the toughest players to ever step onto a NBA court and funniest players to step off of it. Over the past decade, as a member of the Inside The NBA crew, the outspoken anti-role model has been very critical of the NBA’s evolution into a “softer league” and in a recent interview with Maxim Magazine, Barkley talked about current players and “girly teams” in today’s league and how the “Miami Heat make Roy Hibbert look like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.”
Here’s a snippet of the interview by David Swanson.
How do you think your teams in the ’80s and ’90s would fare today?
We’d kill these little girly teams they’ve got today. Come on. The Miami Heat, the best team today, they make Roy Hibbert look like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
When LeBron, Melo, D-Wade, and Bosh were all on the court together in the playoffs, people said the ’03 draft was the best ever. How do you compare it to yours in ’84?
I like our draft class better, to be honest. No disrespect to those guys; they’re all terrific players. They have LeBron, who is a once-in-a-lifetime player, but we had Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Stockton. But any discussion about this stuff is dictated by LeBron James, because he’s just special.
Do you think he could go down as the best ever? Jordan says he would have taken LeBron one-on-one.
I haven’t put LeBron past Kobe Bryant yet. He’s won a couple of rings, and now everybody is trying to compare him to Michael, who won six. What happened to Kobe? Kobe’s still got five. LeBron has to win three more championships before he’s in the Kobe Bryant class.
How do you feel about performance- enhancing drugs in sports?
Obviously, you worry about guys who use them all the time, but injuries are a different situation. Listen, these guys make so much money from these teams, they should want to come back and play, and the teams should want them to come back and play! I don’t judge guys who use PEDs, because I think every scenario is different. If I’m a poor guy and I have a chance to make hundreds of millions of dollars and take care of my family, I would definitely use PEDs.
You once said you are not a role model, but nowadays when you speak people listen.
That’s one of the reasons I still do TV. It’s important, but I don’t think every battle is worth fighting, so I’m very selective in what I want to talk about. But when something comes up that I think needs to be addressed, I take my shots.
You can read the full interview here at Maxim.com
Wait, did this guy really call current teams “girly”
Look how slim Chuck looked during the early 90s.