Charles Barkley Rants About Being Forced To Fly Coach As An NBA Player (AUDIO)
Charles Barkley is known for ranting about various topics and its usually has something to do with the state of today’s players in the NBA.
As many retired former NBA players have done, Barkley was back at it again during an appearance on Geno Auriemma’s podcast. This time he spoke about current players complaining about playing too much basketball and needing more rest.
“It drives me crazy when guys making $30 million are complaining about playing basketball two days in a row,” he said. “We did that and we flew commercial. These guys, they never even go to the airport. I remember I’d be sleeping in the airport at 5 o’clock in the morning, traveling three hours and playing a game that day. We never even chartered until my third year in the NBA. My first two years in the NBA … teams didn’t start flying private until the Detroit Pistons won the championship in like ’88, ’89 and they started this phase of flying private and then everybody started chartering. But that was like my fifth or sixth year in the league actually.”
The hall of famer continued…
“It was so crazy because every plane leaves at 6 or 7 in the morning. We’d be in the airport by 4:30, 5 most times. We’d be sleeping, half the guys laying on the floor and then my first year I was in coach the whole year.”
As this point, if a current player in the NBA takes a deep breath for too long, a former player will magically appear to state how they kept their deep breathing to a minimum back in their days.