Charles Barkley '100 percent sure' NBA will continue season

Charles Barkley '100 percent sure' NBA will continue season

Charles Barkley had a busy weekend cracking jokes at Tom Brady's expense during Sunday's popular charity golf outing with Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, and Phil Mickelson.

Barkley followed up his big Sunday on TV with a guest appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show on ESPN on Monday in which he made a statement about the NBA returning this summer with a rather high assurance level.

"(The NBA is) gonna make a decision in the next week," Barkley said on Monday. "I'm 100% sure we're going to play. I know my friends in Major League Baseball are going to play. I know that the hockey league is going to play. I think the pro football and the college football, they have to sit back and see how it goes for us."

This isn't just some betting hunch that Barkley has, he told Finebaum (via the Score) that it's based on conversations he's had with his bosses.

"I do know this, talking to my bosses at Turner: we're going to play basketball," Barkley said. "It's gonna be in Florida and Vegas, or just Florida."

There does seem to be momentum building towards pro sports returning in the States. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said pro sports teams in his state are allowed to start practicing and competing as long as they follow the proper health protocols.

This would appear to be an early step in sports returning. Now that teams are allowed to start training in New Jersey, it will be up to the leagues themselves to come up with a more concrete plan.

The Sixers and Flyers have practice facilities in New Jersey. Both are a short drive across the river from Philadelphia which could have a differing timeline.

With the return of the NBA season looking more likely, it's no longer clear if all of their players will want to participate. Portland's Dame Lillard said he will not play if the Trailblazers don't have a realistic shot of making the playoffs.

Josh Hart has epic video game meltdown, totally destroys keyboard

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Josh Hart has epic video game meltdown, totally destroys keyboard

Quarantine is tough on all of us these days, even NBA players.

Former Villanova star and New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart demonstrated that he's just like the rest of us in many ways over the weekend. Hart was doing his part to stay inside by playing Call of Duty. Who can't relate to that? But things don't always go smoothly, even in the virtual world, and Hart had a pretty wild meltdown that was caught on a live stream.

You can watch it below, but be warned of a curse word or three.

It appears Hart gets shot through a wall and that's when he takes it out on his keyboard. Not only does he stomp the crap out of said keyboard, he chucks it into the other room.

That's a pretty fantastic outrage video if you ask me. Reminiscent of the most legendary computer beatdown.

We wrote about Hart being a solid trade target for the Sixers back in December, and I think this only elevates his status. Philly loves a guy who isn't afraid to show his passion. 

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Charles Barkley jabs at Bill Laimbeer decades later about 'The Last Dance'

Charles Barkley jabs at Bill Laimbeer decades later about 'The Last Dance'

If you're a basketball fan in Philadelphia, you desperately miss the Sixers making a playoff run right about now. But you're also enjoying the heck out of ESPN's look at Michael Jordan and the late 1990s Chicago Bulls that has been the wonderful "The Last Dance."

There's been plenty of buzz about the first four installments of the 10-part series that have already aired, from Dennis Rodman's vacation in Las Vegas to Isiah Thomas getting left off the Dream Team.

You know who else has been enjoying "The Last Dance?" Sir Charles.

Barkley joined Dan Patrick on Tuesday to talk about a lot of what we've seen so far, and listening to Chuck talk about M.J. and those glory days is quite the trip.

One of my favorite things about Chuck is his willingness to tell it like it is, even when he has no clue what he's talking about. Patrick pushed Charles on Jordan finally letting the documentary happen coinciding with LeBron James winning a title in Cleveland.

"How the hell am I gonna know that?!?" Barkley screams. It's great. "If that was his goal, we are reminded of his greatness."

Barkley was asked about the Detroit Pistons "Bad Boys" teams and shared some pointed thoughts.

"Only two guys on that team could fight," Barkley said. "Isiah and Joe Dumars. Rodman couldn't fight. [John] Salley couldn't fight. [Rick] Mahorn couldn't fight. [Bill] Laimbeer couldn't fight. Vinnie Johnson and James Edwards, they'd fight. But those main four guys, none of them could fight a lick.

"Go back and look at the tape, Laimbeer was always getting punched in the head. Just because you got punched in the face, doesn't mean you can fight."

Barkley fans may be in for a treat in the coming episodes of "The Last Dance," because Charles revealed that he did sit down for an interview for the documentary. Whether he gets much screen time remains to be seen.

Charles also shared that he has a pretty good quarantine routine going.

"I haven't spent money on anything in like two months. I got plenty of it," Barkley said. "I'm back in Arizona and I started a regimen where I work out twice a day, I play golf three days a week. I can only drink on Friday and Saturday. I love to drink but I know I can't drink every day. I got a big golf match today with a bunch of the [Arizona] Coyotes hockey players. We play about three days a week. We've got a Rider Cup format so today is a big day in the Barkley golf world."

You can watch the full segment below.

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