Charles Barkley says ring wouldn't count had he won championship with Rockets

Paola Ditto
Mag 23, 2020

Charles Barkley rarely holds back. Barkley talked about how he played in a game drunk once on ESPN Reporter's Zach Lowe's podcast because he thought he was getting traded to the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1992 season.

I wouldn't even have counted that as a championship. "I'm not gonna lie". Me and Karl Malone. If he had won a championship with the Lakers, that doesn't count.

It was a far different situation than what Barkley has decried in recent years, such as Kevin Durant joining the Warriors in 2016 when Durant and each of Golden State's established All-Stars (Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green) were all 28 years old or younger.

"I'm never gonna be happy with that", Barkley said of Durant's decision to leave Oklahoma City. "When I was going to demand to get traded, I didn't say I wanted to play in Chicago, Boston or the Lakers. I think I might have played so bad because I was so angry the Sixers didn't pull the trigger, and then it's just suffering the next two or three years". In 1999, Barkley took a paycut so that the Rockets could bring in Scottie Pippen to replace the retired Drexler. Barkley, Olajuwon and Drexler were all on the downside of their careers during Barkley's tenure in Houston.

Had the Rockets advanced to the Finals and beat the Chicago Bulls after Barkley joined Houston via a trade in 1996 with the Phoenix Suns, it would have been significantly more impressive.

Barkley also talked with Lowe about the time he broke a guy's nose in a Milwaukee street fight after a 1991 game against the Bucks and how he played an National Basketball Association game drunk after learning his trade from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Los Angeles Lakers fell through. He always has some amusing stories to tell and isn't shy to give his very honest truth about everything that is happening in the league.

Naismith Hall of Famer and TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley maintains he would have done an excellent job if given a chance to run the Orlando Magic's front office when the opportunity apparently arose in 2017.

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