On Thursday, we may have possibly found out the root of Barkley’s angst. Speaking on TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” the “Round Mound of Rebound” just let it all out.
“Maybe I’m old school but I’m never gonna like that little girly basketball where you have to outscore people,” Barkley said. “I’m biased against girl basketball.”
“Did you ever watch U-Conn.?” Kenny Smith replied.
“I love [Huskies Coach] Geno Auriemma,” Barkley said. “He’s one of my favorite people. I love women’s college basketball, but I don’t want it in the NBA.”
Barkley has thrown some occasional support toward the Warriors every once in a while, like when he said Klay Thompson was the second-best player in the NBA behind LeBron James, and praised Draymond Green for his low blow on James in Game 4 of last June’s NBA Finals.
Barkley’s apparent issues with Golden State’s M.O. belies how dominant their style of play actually is. If playing “girly basketball” means winning 89 of their last 100 games, as the Warriors have, Barkley might want to consider rethinking his biases.