Barkley went on ESPN Radio in Chicago today, and had a few thoughts on the quality of play he's seen so far this year:
"As a NBA fan I want to apologize to the fans, I cannot believe how bad the NBA is right now, I'm a fan first and foremost, watching the NBA right now I'm embarrassed about the product we're putting out there right now. It's no fun for me to watch these games, I feel bad for the fans. There are probably ten teams worth watching on a nightly basis. They have all these built in excuse about it's the lockout. Let me tell you something if these teams played once a week they would still suck. You watch one of these teams and they rested for a week they would still suck."
There's no denying that the talent is stretched too thin, but the beauty of mediocrity (sorry, "competitive balance") is that two crappy teams can make each other look like world-beaters. See if Pistons-Nets isn't the game of the night tonight.
[via Sports Radio Interviews]