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Charles Barkley says Warriors won't make playoffs to Klay Thompson's face

Charles Barkley says Warriors won't make playoffs to Klay Thompson's face

Charles Barkley never has been one to show the Warriors much love.

The Hall of Fame player-turned-TNT analyst has doubted the Warriors yet again -- and this time, right to Klay Thompson's face.

The Warriors’ star guard, recovering from an ACL tear, joined the “NBA on TNT” set during halftime of the Warriors-Clippers game Thursday night at Chase Center, and was faced with classic trolling from Chuck.

“I was wrong before the game," Barkley said, referring back to a pregame segment in which he predicted the Warriors would make the playoffs.

"I said they were going to be the 7, 8 seed. They’re not going to make the playoffs. They just can’t score enough.”

After being pressed by his TNT co-hosts to expand upon changing his opinion after one half of hoops, Barkley continued.

“When you look at your team you say, Steph [Curry] can get me 30, D’Angelo [Russell] can get me 20, Draymond [Green], even though he’s a heck of a player, he’s only going to get me 15," he said. "That’s not enough in the Western Conference this year.”

When Klay was given his chance to respond, he kept it professional.

“Chuck has a right to be a little pessimistic, but I think these young guys are going to step up,” he said. 

The five-time All-Star went on to praise Warriors youngsters Jordan Poole, Glenn Robinson III and Marquese Chriss while acknowledging confidence that they have enough to make the playoffs for the eighth consecutive year.

[RELATED: Watch Klay address Chase Center crowd ahead of Warriors' opener]

Barkley infamously doubted the Warriors during the beginning of their dynastic run, claiming that jump-shooting teams never will win a championship.

Wrong.

Barkley also predicted the Rockets would beat the Warriors last season in the Western Conference semifinals after Kevin Durant’s injury,

Wrong again.

The Warriors lost their opener 141-122, but they have 81 more games to prove The Chuckster wrong for a third time. You can bet they’re up for the challenge.

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NBA rumors: Steph Curry, league stars unlikely to play in Tokyo Games

NBA rumors: Steph Curry, league stars unlikely to play in Tokyo Games

Steph Curry has three NBA championship rings and two NBA MVP trophies to his name, putting him in very exclusive company. But there's one thing he has yet to win that so many basketball players dream of, and it's sounding like he might not get the opportunity to check that box anytime soon.

Curry, of course, has never participated in the Olympics. He is a two-time FIBA World Cup gold medalist, but he ultimately sat out the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro where Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Team USA won gold.

Curry, Thompson and Green were all included among the 44 finalists for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball team that was announced back in February, before the coronavirus pandemic brought the sports world to a screeching halt. There's no question that Curry in particular would be part of the 12-man group headed to the 2021 Tokyo Games if Team USA was sending its very best.

However, it's sounding like that won't be the case. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, there is increasing skepticism about the NBA's elite players participating in the Olympics, due to the fact that the league has other priorities in hopes of playing a full season next year with fans in attendance.

"For now," Wojnarowski wrote Saturday, "here's one idea on the league's whiteboard, sources said: If the NBA believes it can significantly push back the start of the season to buy time on getting fans back into arenas, they've brainstormed the idea of a month-long Olympic break reminiscent of how the NHL has handled the Winter Olympics.

"As the pandemic rages on, there's less optimism about the elite players participating in the Olympics -- including Americans and international stars. The NBA and NBPA will take positions that the Games are important, but the Olympics are barely a priority for the owners -- especially when they don't share in the television revenue that originates from the inclusion of the league's superstars. Organizations see the wear and tear on players in whom they've invested hundreds of millions of dollars. Amid a pandemic, the Olympics mean even less to owners, team executives and the NBPA."

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Even if Team USA wanted Curry -- and Thompson and Green for that matter -- to play in Tokyo, there's no guarantee any of them would. That trio just got through playing the equivalent of seven NBA seasons while the rest of the league played six, and though the pandemic has created an opportunity for them to recuperate, it's possible they would prefer to save their bodies for NBA competition.

[RELATED: Report: Warriors could start next season as late as March]

Of course, being that Curry has yet to participate in an Olympics, perhaps that would be a motivating factor for him to do so. He expressed as much of a desire as recently as March. But as Wojnarowski explained, there are large forces working against that possibility, and Team USA might look much different than it would in a non-pandemic year.

"At a minimum," Wojnarowski continued, "Team USA probably will have to be prepared to bring a much younger, less accomplished roster to Tokyo -- a team profile that could ultimately mirror the rest of the world's entries, too."

Obviously, plenty can and will happen between now and the Tokyo Games. But barring significant progress made in stemming COVID-19, it's looking increasingly unlikely that Curry and other NBA stars will be a part of them.

Ex-Warrior Kevin Durant responds to Twitter troll in amazing sequence

Ex-Warrior Kevin Durant responds to Twitter troll in amazing sequence

You'd think people would have learned by now, but if you tweet an insult at Kevin Durant, be prepared for him to come right back at you.

Still, some people have to learn the hard way.

The former Warrior recently offered his NBA Finals prediction, in which he picked the Los Angeles Clippers to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks for the title. That was consistent with his Western Conference finals prediction from October when he said the Clips would beat the Los Angeles Lakers.

As you might expect, Lakers fans generally didn't take too kindly to that. A few of them expressed their displeasure with the two-time NBA Finals MVP on Twitter on Saturday, so Durant sarcastically sought to quell their pain.

Then, this happened:

Congratulations #LakeShow Rudy, you played yourself.

[RELATED: Draymond emphatically says Durant is best scorer ever]

He wasn't the only Lakers fan that became the target of a KD clapback:

When are these keyboard warriors going to learn?

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