If we didn't know any better, we would say Charles Barkley really doesn't like the Golden State Warriors.
After their title win back in 2015, the Inside the NBA on TNT analyst has never given the Dubs the props they really deserved for their triumph.
Appearing at a celebrity golf tournament yesterday, the former Houston Rockets forward suggested that the Warriors' brand of basketball isn't conducive to sustainable success.
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"They've got a great organization," Barkley started. "I love Steph and Klay. But I don't think small ball works, and it didn't work in the Finals."
Stephen Curry was also at the event and actually stole the show with his antics alongside Justin Timberlake and Alfonso Ribeiro. A Warriors fan asked him, "What do you think about Barkley? He hates us."
The reigning back-to-back NBA MVP replied: "That's great. It means good things will happen."
Barkley insisted his comments are "nothing personal," but still maintains the Warriors got lucky when they won it all in 2015, because "every team they played was hurt."
Well, where do we start with that? The Cavaliers were indeed missing Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving when they fell to the Warriors in 2015, and they won it this year with both men fully-fit.
However, the Dubs were leading this year's series 3-1 at one stage and had Draymond Green not gotten suspended or if Curry himself was at full health, they might have closed the deal.
Golden State did win a record 73 games last regular season and were come one game away from retaining the Larry O'Brien trophy for a second consecutive year. To suggest that their small-ball style doesn't work on that premise is a bit strange, frankly.
It seems as though Curry will have to prove Barkley wrong on the court next year.