Charles Barkley has been famous for ‘jinxing’ players and teams this postseason but Chuck doesn’t seem to be stopping predicting games and series results as well as how other players will fare under certain circumstances. The former NBA player-turned-analyst has had some of the worst takes in recent days and yesterday wasn’t the exception.
During Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets, Chuck made the boldest of claims when he stated Anthony Davis was a great player with a lot of talent and skills but didn’t have a killer mentality necessary to take his game to the next level.
“Anthony Davis should be the best player in the world,” Barkley said. “But like, he doesn’t have that killer mentality, everybody is not built like this. … Anthony Davis is just a nice guy who’s a great player. Like, nobody can match up with him.”
Little did he know that Davis would show his killer mentality a couple of minutes later, making two big shots to give the Lakers the lead and the victory in the last seconds of the game. AD called game with a buzzer-beater 3-pointer over Nikola Jokic to give the Lakers a 2-0 lead in this series.
ANTHONY DAVIS. FOR THE WIN.
(: TNT) pic.twitter.com/qolqy9DHMY
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) September 21, 2020
Lakers’ Anthony Davis buzzer-beating three-pointer to beat Denver in Game 2. pic.twitter.com/E0raxF7qMK
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 21, 2020
ANTHONY DAVIS AT THE BUZZER!!!! pic.twitter.com/ngItqQGLFk
— LakeShowYo (@LakeShowYo) September 21, 2020
After the game, plenty of fans started to blast Barkley for making that statement, remembering him that AD was that dude.
Charles Barkley said AD doesn’t have killer instinct at halftime. He then preceeded to score the Lakers last 10 points in the 4th quarter and a game-winner.
I think Chuck’s got the most powerful jinx in sports.
— Ry (@JustRyCole) September 21, 2020
THANK YOU CHARLES BARKLEY FOR SAYING AD DOESN’T HAVE THAT KILLER INSTINCT @NBAonTNT
— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) September 21, 2020
Anthony Davis after Charles Barkley said he “wasn’t a killer” before tonight’s game pic.twitter.com/hl8T12lClO
— Cats Coverage (@CatsCoverage_) September 21, 2020
Anthony Davis hitting the game winner after Charles Barkley said he doesn’t have any killer instinct like Michael Jordan pic.twitter.com/XVwvbb4OmW
— lakeshow (@lakerbronk) September 21, 2020
The Nuggets can Blame Charles Barkley for what AD did to them in the Second half…talking about AD ain’t no killer!!! #TigerShark
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) September 21, 2020
Oh my god Charles Barkley saying AD not a killer bro I hate basketball analysis
— 500 (@Kameron_Hay) September 21, 2020
Charles Barkley needs to apologize to that man!!!
— 73-9 and they LIED (@CuffsTheLegend) September 21, 2020
Charles Barkley said AD ain’t that guy LMAOOOOO
— (@LeBronSZN__) September 21, 2020
AD said that was the biggest shot of his career and with all due reason. We’ve seen several buzzer-beaters game-winners in recent seasons and this one was as spectacular as the rest. This man is the future of the Lakers, even now, when LeBron doesn’t appear, he’s there to lead his team to the victory.
Davis does have that killer instinct and he proved it last night.