Charles Barkley surely has second thoughts.
The outspoken Basketball Hall of Famer, currently an NBA analyst for Turner Sports, forcefully predicted that the Warriors had "no chance" of beating the Houston Rockets in their NBA playoff second-round series without injured star Kevin Durant. The Warriors star missed Game 6 on Friday night in Houston, and his teammates ... largely did what Barkley predicted they wouldn't do.
Golden State ended Houston's season with a 118-113 win at Toyota Center, behind strong performances from stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Barkley wasn't the only player-turned-analyst who got it wrong Friday, as 19-year-veteran Paul Pierce predicted on ESPN's pregame show that the Warriors would lose in a blowout.
“[The Rockets] win in blowout fashion. Blowout. 15 plus.” pic.twitter.com/K61lWQJZ44— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) May 11, 2019
Sir Charles left himself much more wiggle room than Pierce, however. He also predicted that the Warriors wouldn't be able to beat the Portland Trail Blazers-Denver Nuggets winner in the Western Conference's other second-round series without Durant, either.
“The Warriors have no chance of winning without Kevin Durant. This series or any other series.” 👀
-Charles on Golden State pic.twitter.com/0KN2KDhb01— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 9, 2019
The bad news for Barkley is that the Warriors might not be without Durant for long during the Western Conference finals. Durant will be re-evaluated next week, the Warriors announced Thursday. Between Friday's win and next Thursday, Golden State will have only played Game 1 against either the Blazers or Nuggets.
The lesson, as always, is to never predict anything on-camera. And considering millions of people hold a ready-to-broadcast camera in their pocket, it's probably safe to never predict anything ever.