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Charles Barkley apologises to the Houston Rockets organisation for his public criticism

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Outspoken analyst and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has apologised to the Houston Rockets organisation for publicly criticising the team last week. 

Barkley's views on 'Inside the NBA' have got him into trouble on a number of occasions and his most recent outburst angered members of the Rockets management. 

The former MVP refused to credit the team for their performance against the Golden State Warriors which resulted in a game three win for the Rockets. 

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He accused Houston of "fake hustle" during the first round matchup and at half-time, he even went as far as to "guarantee" that they would not go on to win the game, which of course they did. 

Rockets CEO Tad Brown responded to Barkley via Twitter saying the former Houston player's time in Clutch City was "fake hustle".

After Sunday's heavy 124-91 loss to the Warriors at the Toyota Center, Barkley saw it as the perfect opportunity to launch another verbal attack on the Texas-based franchise and its management. 

"This dude named Toad Smith ... I wouldn't know this guy if he walked into the studio," Barkley said.

"(The Rockets) didn't play well in Game 3, the Warriors just played awful. And you said the Warriors played great today and they beat them by 30. And it couldn't happen to a better organisation.

"If you tweet at me, I'm going to come back at you. You better not lose by 30 and come back after me, Toad Smith."

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However, on Tuesday's broadcast of Inside the NBA, Barkley backtracked and issued an apology to Smith and general manager Daryl Morey for his comments towards them and the team. 

"I want to apologise to the Houston Rockets," Barkley said on Tuesday's broadcast of "Inside the NBA," via the Houston Chronicle. "I overreacted to two tweets. I said something I shouldn't say. So I want to apologise to Daryl Morey. And I want to apologise to Tad Brown, the CEO, for overreacting.

"You know, I don't do any social media. When you show stuff or I hear about it, I get mad," Barkley said. "So I want to apologise to those three guys and the entire Houston Rockets organisation because when you're on television, Ernie (Johnson), it should never be personal.

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"We're supposed to do our jobs. When Daryl Morey sent a tweet during the season, I got mad. I was 100 percent wrong. When Tad Brown tweeted last week, I was 100 percent wrong.”

The third person in question is Rockets owner Leslie Alexander. Barkley played in Houston from 1996-2000 and wanted to diffuse the situation before it escalated, despite claiming on the show that the team still owes him $3m.

"Les Alexander treated me great when I was in Houston," Barkley said. "So I just want to apologise to those three guys."  

Brown also addressed the issue regarding his tweet to Barkley on Monday acknowledging that things could have been dealt with in a better manner.

"I have great respect for Charles, one of the best players in NBA history, a Hall of Famer and Olympic Champion," Brown said. "I felt I needed to stand up for our team. They know I'll always defend them. The message certainly could have been handled better."

The Houston Rockets have bigger things to worry about, though, as they return to action tonight in a pivotal game five at the Oracle Arena which they need to win to avoid elimination from the playoffs.

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