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Charles Barkley Says Players Only Call Him When He Says Bad Things About Them: "You Man, I've Said Nine Great Things About You, And You Call Me And Question Me On The One Thing That Was Legitimate?"

Charles Barkley Says Players Only Call Him When He Says Bad Things About Them: "You Man, I've Said Nine Great Things About You, And You Call Me And Question Me On The One Thing That Was Legitimate?"

Charles Barkley was a great player during his time in the NBA. Barkley was a superstar and a former MVP. But since his career as a player has ended, Barkley has transitioned into being an analyst on Inside The NBA on TNT. Barkley has shown his charisma, and also displayed his great understanding of the game. 

One of the biggest facets of Charles' analysis is his honest review of players, which some often label as him being overly critical of players.

In a recent interview with Renee Pacquette, Charles Barkley spoke about the reputation he has for criticizing players. He noted that he says a lot of positive things about players, but he never seems to hear from them, and they only call to confront him whenever he says something negative about their game (3:07 mark).

“The television stuff is relatively new. We have all these jacka**es on television in the morning, and they just give their opinion. That was way back. The first thing I ask myself when a guy writes an article about me, you gotta look in the mirror and say ‘wait, well I did play bad. So I really can’t go at the dude. So that’s the first thing… That’s what I tell every guy. Because I talk to guys all the time, the first thing you ask yourself (is) ‘is it true?’. And you can’t get mad if you did play like sh*t last night. What do you want me to do? Get on TV and say you played great? Everybody just saw you. Players and coaches call me all the time, which is fine, I’ll explain why I said it, and they’re like okay. I said I’m curious though, why you never call me when I say positive stuff about you? That’s like my personal favorite. I can say great things about a guy, he only calls me on the one bad thing I said about him. And that’s probably the only time I get really pissed. ‘Yo man, I’ve said nine great things about you, and you called me and questioned me on the one thing that was legitimate?’…”

“I don’t go to work saying a guy’s gonna suck on television. I want all these guys, because I consider them part of my family, I want them to do well, I want them to play great basketball, I want everybody to be safe and healthy. But listen, I still have to do my job. That’s the way this thing works. If you play great, I’m (not) gonna talk bad about you. If you play bad, I’m gonna talk bad about you. It’s good and bad, there’s no in between. And there’s nothing personally either way. That’s the way this sports thing works… We’ve had guys say ‘we on national television tonight, we’re on TNT, I’m not giving Charles or Shaq or Kenny a chance to say anything bad about me. Guys have said that in the interviews, ‘yeah I wanted to play well tonight because I know those guys in the studio are going to be killing me’.”

Barkley has been known to be very critical of players in the NBA. Many feel that Chuck often slams players when they are not performing well. But Barkley noted that he does compliment players, but they never seem to appreciate his kind words, and only confront him for his criticism.

Many fans have often lauded Barkley for keeping it real, and not pulling any punches. Barkley is so honest, that it has affected his relationships away from the show. He once criticized Michael Jordan, one of his closest friends, for the way he was running things with the Hornets. That criticism has had a lasting impact, as Barkley and Jordan are no longer friends.