You have to appreciate that Charles Barkley is not the type of person that will say something behind your back, but won’t repeat it to your face.
He proved that when Klay Thompson joined the NBA on TNT broadcast for last night’s home-opener against the Los Angeles Clippers and told him straight to his face that the Warriors’ championship window has shut and the team won’t even be good enough for an eighth seed this season.
During half time of the Clippers’ 141-122 victory:
Klay Thompson: “Our window to win another championship, I think, is open for the next five, six years.”
Charles Barkley: “Well, number one, I hope you get back soon, but you’re just wrong… I was wrong before the game. I said they were going to be the 7-8 seed. They’re not going to make the playoffs because they just can’t score enough.”
Chuck adds, “When you look at your team, you say ‘OK, Steph can get me 30. D’Angelo [Russell] can get me 20. Draymond, even though he’s a heck of a player, he’s only going to get me 15.’ That’s not enough in the Western Conference. This year.”
Steph Curry led the Warriors with 23 points on 8-of-20 shooting, but went 2-of-11 from three, while D’Angelo Russell added 20 with eight assists.