Charles Barkley Calls NBA Players ‘Poor Babies’ Over Extended Season
'I think it's a travesty that the NBA didn't just tell these guys to play basketball two days in a row.'
Hall of Famer Charles Barkley didn’t hold back when speaking at Southern Methodist University about the NBA’s decision to extend the season and stop teams from four games in five nights, ESPN reports.
“You know, these poor babies can’t play back-to-back games. They’re making 20, 30, 40 million dollars a year. But we want to make it convenient for them. … We can’t stress ’em out,” Barkley said, reportedly employing a sarcastic tone. “So we’re just going to make it more comfortable for them. The private jets and four-star hotels is not enough.”
Then, he got serious, saying: “I am so angry — angry — at the NBA for [not] telling these guys, ‘Wait a minute, we’re paying you guys 30, 40 million dollars and you can’t play basketball two days in a row?’ I think it’s a travesty that the NBA didn’t just tell these guys to play basketball two days in a row. Moving the season up, it’s just a joke to me.”
Take a look at his comments in the video above. His comments on the NBA begin at 5:40.
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