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Charles Barkley Says 'I’ve never seen the NBA as bad as it is'
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Despite players like Stephen Curry, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, TNT analyst Charles Barkely thinks the NBA is as bad as he's ever seen. He told ArizonaSports.com...
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“People think us old guys hate when we talk about it. It has nothing to do with the Warriors’ greatness, LeBron’s greatness. But I’ve never seen the NBA as bad as it is, and I’ve been saying it the last three or four years. We’ve got too many young players coming out of college that don’t know how to play. It’s frustrating for me because I want to see competitive basketball.

“We took a survey on our crew … How many actual NBA teams would you buy season tickets for? Four in the west and Cleveland obviously in the east. That’s not good for our league.”
Ben Simmons can fix all that, right? Ha. You can listen to his full interview here. Do you agree?

(Yardbarker)
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baobabtiger97 months
The amount of stars in barkley's day was amazing. There isn't near that today.
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DrSteveBrule97 months
The talent in the NBA draft is so shallow every year it's pathetic. If you pick toward the end of the first round, you're not getting much most likely. Meanwhile the NFL has UDFA success stories on the reg. That said, I honestly don't know how to fix the problem but one and dones aren't helping anything.
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CRDNLSCHMCPSN1197 months
NBA has been boring for years. This is nothing new.
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GaTiger2797 months
The same junior year rule applied to football should be applied to basketball. Take your chance out of high school or stay in school and develop.
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PrimeTime Money97 months
AAU didn't kill player development. I can agree with Charles that the NBA has more players who have less fundamental skills than in the past. However, it is due to the increased athleticism due to more people playing basketball. Many players make up for a lack of skill with superior athleticism. They are as good overall as more fundamental players of the past due to their athleticism. However, that may make the game a little sloppier. But it's the coaches and GM's who want the athletes even if those athletes might not possess the same fundamental skills as some lesser athletes.
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PrimeTime Money97 months
In short, fundamentals have decreased overall but athleticism has increased overall. It's like comparing prime Tim Duncan to prime Dwight Howard. Both in their absolute peak were dominant players, but they did it in different ways. Tim is clearly the more skilled basketball player, but Dwight makes up for his lack of skill with incredible athleticism. That's kind of a microcosm of the league today.
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NFLU97 months
AAU basketball killed player development.
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OzChuffnugg97 months
I agree! NBA basketball season from me is April until June. I don't watch any regular season games because they are brutal to watch.
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theunknownknight97 months
Kobe > Jordan
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AtlantaLSUfan97 months
1 and dones are screwing up ncaa basketball. Interesting to hear that it's screwing up nba as well.
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