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Barkley: Curry 'just a great shooter,' got outplayed by Wall


Barkley: Curry 'just a great shooter,' got outplayed by Wall

Charles Barkley is paid to be cantankerous. You know that if you've ever watched an episode of Inside the NBA on TNT. But sometimes he can veer off into the weeds to defend his old-school basketball hot takes. 

Perfect example: This Friday interview with Dime, where he insists that reigning MVP Stephen Curry is nothing more than a great shooter. Adding insult to injury, Barkley drags Wizards guard John Wall into the conversation to make his point. 

The interview began with a question about whether Curry is as unstoppable as Shaquille O'Neal (Barkley's colleague on Inside) was in the early 1990s. 

You could almost feel Barkley rolling his eyes as he answered. "He’s just a great shooter. It’s a totally different animal." 

The interviewers started pressing Barkley about the rest of Curry's game. 

"No. He’s not more than a shooter. He’s just a great shooter," Barkley continued. "He’s not a great playmaker. He’s just a great shooter."

O'Neal, he said, was an unstoppable force that the league has never seen before or since. When asked if players in today's NBA look at Curry the same way, Barkley didn't pull any punches. 

"No, they don’t. ‘Cause he played last week against John Wall and scored 51 and gave up 41. And most people think that John Wall had a better game, because Steph had 10 turnovers and John Wall had 41 and 15 assists."

Barkley is referring to the February 3 game between the Wizards and Warriors in which the Golden State point guard scored 51 points, the highest ever by a visiting player at Verizon Center. The other two players who dropped 51 in the Phone Booth? Michael Jordan and Gilbert Arenas. 

But he's wrong on the specific numbers he's citing. Curry actually finished with 7 turnovers, not 10. And Wall had 10 assists, not 15. 

It's true that Curry hasn't been the primary assist man for Golden State this season as forward Draymond Green has grown into a capable distributor. But according the NBA.com player tracking data, Curry still assists on 31% of his teammates field goals, so knocking him as a playmaker doesn't make a lot of sense. 

Then again, neither did Barkley's insistence that a "jump-shooting team" like the Warriors couldn't win an NBA title -- something Sir Charles wouldn't know much about. 

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.


Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."


Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!