Last September, he ignorantly discussed how he believes that you couldn’t categorize Breonna Taylor’s case with George Floyd’s and Ahmaud Arbery’s. In 2019, he told former Axios reporter Alexi McCammond, “I don’t hit women, but if I did, I would hit you.” And in 2017, he told a room full of Black women at the National Association of Black Journalists Conference in New Orleans that they shouldn’t report sexual harassment/assault until they’re in positions of power at the workplace.

These aren’t examples of Barkley being a victim of “political correctness.” They are patterns of a grown man that refuses to read a book or educate himself on what is and isn’t appropriate.

But then, Tuesday night happened. And when “Inside the NBA” was focused strictly on basketball as they discussed Kevin Durant’s historic performance, Barkley was spectacular in breaking down why the Milwaukee Bucks were so bad in such a pivotal game in the series, as his brutal honesty was refreshing and captivating.


“That was embarrassing for basketball,” he said. “To lose that game, to have that — like, you could tell they were gonna lose the game at halftime. . . . When you do dumb stuff and it works, you keep doing dumb stuff.

“Like Herm Edwards said, ‘You play to win the game.’ And that was one of the dumbest games,” he continued. “Man, I am so mad right now because they got a bunch of really good guys, and they play dumb. And they deserved to lose that game. Shout out to Kevin Durant and Jeff Green, but man, the other team had something to do with it. That was awful basketball.”


According to Axios, Durant’s 49-point, 17-rebound, 10 assists, in 48-minutes performance that gave the Nets a 114-108 victory over the Bucks and a 3-2 series lead, gave him a Game Score (a rough measure of a player’s productivity) of 50.4 – which is the third-best in playoff history.


Want to guess who Durant is trailing?

Barkley, who had a (52.6) in the 1994 playoffs when he had a 56-point, 14-rebound performance against Golden State, and Damian Lillard’s (55.9) after he dropped 55 points – including 12 3's – and added 10 assists against the Nuggets a few weeks ago.

Watch that clip, because the player in it is one of the all-time greats. So, Chuck, we’re not being hard on you, or “politically correct” in our desires for you to be better. We just want you to be as good with your words when you talk about serious stuff like you were on the court.