As the first NBA in-season tournament arrived in Las Vegas on Thursday for the semifinals and eventual championship game, the NBA desks at ESPN and TNT temporarily merged to form their own superteam. TNT had the usual cast of characters: Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith, and Ernie Johnson. On the ESPN side, regulars Stephen A. Smith, Marika Andrews and Michael Wilbon appeared, as well as the former Bob Myers. golden state warriors An executive who left the team at the end of last season.
The crossover between the two teams led to one hilarious moment when Barkley shared an exchange with Myers about the Warriors getting off to a slow start without him this season.
Berkeley exclaimed to Myers, “He deserves credit for jumping off the Titanic before it sank.” Myers laughed a little nervously and said she still had friends over there. With perfect comedic timing, Barkley said those friends would soon join him outside the league. Watch the clip here:
Charles Barkley: “I think it's to your credit that you jumped off the Titanic before it sank.”
Bob Myers: “I have a friend over there.”
Chuck: “Really? I'll see you soon!”
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Berkeley is always interesting. Although the Warriors currently sit outside of the play-in race at 10-11 overall, Chuck had no hard feelings for Myers and gave glowing reviews of Golden State. His punch line and timing were perfect.
Of course, Myers had a lot to do with the Warriors' downfall, even if he jumped ship early. The Warriors whiffed on two lottery picks that could lead the team to another dynasty. Selecting James Wiseman with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft was obviously terrible at the time, but now that Tyrese Haliburton, who fell to No. 12, has emerged as one of the best players in the NBA. It seems like things are getting even worse. The Warriors should also regret selecting Jonathan Kuminga over Franz Wagner in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Myers spoke on the air about Golden State's meeting with Haliburton and his decision to take over.
Myers apparently took Halliburton seriously. LaMelo Ball would have been a great option as well. Although Wiseman has long since passed away, his bust will go down as one of the biggest busts of the last 10 years. At least the Warriors still have a championship in 2022, but if they don't, things will get even worse.
There was always Report of ownership interference with Wiseman's pick rights. Either way, it appears the Warriors' reign is nearing an end. Myers knew when to jump ship.