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Charles Barkley says the Golden State Warriors play ‘little girly basketball’

Charles Barkley has been a critic of the Warriors over the last couple of years. (John Locher/Associated Press)

Charles Barkley has never been shy when it comes to criticizing the Golden State Warriors.

The 11-time NBA all-star said in 2015 that the Warriors would be no competition for the legendary 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls squad that won 72 games. According to Barkley, Kevin Durant jumped on the “gravy train” when he took his talents to Oakland in July.

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.

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“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.

The Warriors are too talented to be grinding out games. So far, they’ve had to.

“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.