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Bradley Beal fires back at Charles Barkley after All-Star snub comments

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NBA Hall of Famer and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley said Thursday, "All the guys that say they got snubbed are on the worst teams in the NBA." 

Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who will spend his All-Star break on vacation rather than among the league's best in Chicago, used a bit of historical context to fire back at Barkley Thursday night. 

In a later tweet, Beal noted that he wasn't ignoring Barkley's trips to the playoffs or his MVP award. Beal was merely noting that Barkley had played in All-Star games during years he played on losing teams. 

Barkley was a perennial All-Star from the 1986-87 season to the 1996-97 campaign, but he failed to lead his team to the playoffs two of those years.

While playing with Philadelphia in the 1987-88 season, Barkley averaged 28.3 points and 11.9 rebounds during a 36-46 campaign for the 76ers. Barkley's 76ers again failed to qualify for the playoffs in his 1991-92 All-Star season when he averaged 23.1 points and 11.1 rebounds. 

The Wizards are currently 20-33, and sit three games back from the eighth spot in the eastern conference. Beal is averaging 29.1 points, an unprecedented amount for a player who failed to make an All-Star game. 

 

Despite Beal's career-best season thus far, Barkley still points to a team's record as a barometer for All-Star status. 

"If your team is pretty good, you're snubbed," Barkley said. "When you in last place, you're not snubbed. You don't deserve it."

Barkley's comments came despite the fact that Atlanta guard Trae Young is an All-Star starter after his Hawks team posted the third-worst record in the NBA heading into the break. 

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