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Charles Barkley: I wouldn’t count ring if I won with Rockets

Rockets Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 19: Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, and Hakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Rockets during the game against the Seattle Supersonics on April 19, 1999 at Compaq Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images via Getty Images)

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Charles Barkley has frequently derided modern players for forming super teams, lamenting a ringzzz culture.

Charles Barkley also demanded a trade and pushed his way to the Rockets to team up with Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. After Drexler retired, Barkley took a pay cut so Houston could add another Hall of Famer, Scottie Pippen.

Barkley on “The Lowe Post” podcast:

I wouldn’t even have counted that as a championship. I’m not going to lie. Me and Karl Malone – if he had won a championship with the Lakers, that doesn’t count. That doesn’t count.

I have a hunch Barkley would be singing a different tune if the Rockets won a title. To be fair, we’ll never know.

But Barkley just has a way of crafting the facts to meet his agenda.