It was a good ride for Charles Barkley on the Portland Trail Blazers bandwagon.
After the Blazers took down the No. 1 seeded Los Angeles Lakers in Game One of this Western Conference first round playoffs matchup, Barkley brought out the broom calling for a sweep.
Three games and three rather tough and head scratching losses later, Chuck has retracted his statement.
I will take my hat off to the Portland Trail Blazers, they did not quit. They had no chance of winning that game in the second half and they competed. But obviously, I was wrong.
He may end up being wrong. The Blazers overcame 9% odds of making the playoffs to clinch the eight and final seed in the Western Conference playoff seedings, but we're happy Chuck Stan's for the Blazers.
Fighting out of a 3-1 hole is no easy feat.
The last team to accomplish this were the 76ers in 2012 who beat the Chicago Bulls 4–2. The 1999 Knicks are the only 8th seeded team to reach the NBA Finals and no 8th seeded team has won an NBA Championship. And only 11 times in the history of the NBA has a team come back down 3-1 to win a series, one of which was a LeBron James led team to win the NBA Championship.
One thing Chuck did say that should come to the light is the Trail Blazers never quitting. Despite the lopsided foul calls or the possibility of Damian Lillard not playing in game five (receiving an MRI at the time of this published article), Portland is a team that will not quit.
Game Five of the series is on Wednesday, August 26 here on NBC Sports Northwest or stream it on the My Teams App.