As always, Charles Barkley is out here keeping it 100.
The New Orleans Pelicans might have been on their way to the NBA In-Season Tournament semifinals, but that didn’t stop both Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith from criticizing the team’s superstar power forward Zion Williamson.
In Monday night’s 127-117 quarterfinals victory over the Sacramento Kings, Williamson finished with a stat line of 10 points, six assists and six rebounds in 28 minutes of action.
At halftime, Williamson only put up two points off one-of-three (33%) shooting, and though that was quite bad in itself, the “Inside the NBA” crew — led by Barkley and assisted by Smith — threw criticism at the former Duke Blue Devil’s conditioning. (RELATED: LeBron James Gets Into A War Of Words With Houston Rockets Head Coach Ime Udoka That Sees The Latter Ejected)
“They’re gonna be a tough team once Zion really gets in basketball shape,” said Smith. “He’s not in basketball shape.”
Barkley cranked it up a notch.
“He’s not in shape,” added Barkley. “He doesn’t run. He plays the game strictly on talent. He never runs on a fast break. He’s kind of like jogging on offense and defense.
“Somebody has got to get a hold of him because he’s got so much talent. He’s gonna be somewhat successful [but] he could be special. But see, I don’t know if he has a Moses Malone; who told me I was fat and lazy. Like he owns that organization already.”
I thought Chuck was brutally honest here in a way that is needed. Chuck is right and everyone sees what the potential of Zion can be pic.twitter.com/MAy7r1h5HM
— Shamit Dua (@FearTheBrown) December 5, 2023
Sir Charles keeps it real yet again!