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Charles Barkley still doesn’t like Heat, their fans

Jun 9, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

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Charles Barkley may not want to buy a second home in the Miami area.

There’s not a lot of love for him there, because he still has no love for the Miami Heat. And because he is Charles Barkley, he proclaims that from the mountaintops.

Which is what he did on ESPN radio in Chicago (as reported by the ESPN Chicago web site, that’s cross promotion baby!).

“Listen, if the Miami Heat were playing the Washington Generals I would pick the Washington Generals,” Barkley said with a chuckle. “It’s something about that team that annoys me.

“They just a whiny bunch and I can’t root for them.”

Barkley has already had his moments with Heat fans and, well, this is Barkley. At least he’s honest about it. And outside of Miami, a lot of people feel the same way.

  1. SmackSaw - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Go Mavs

  2. neeciekay - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Totally agree with ya Chuck! On top of whinning and constantly complaining to the refs (without consequence), they are the cockiest bunch I’ve ever seen in the NBA!! OK, they have 3 superstars on their squad, where’s the mystery or excitement in them winning a title?? Lebron is a good player, one of the best, but, he is not the “greatest” as proclaimed by so many wishy-washy commentators. He’s only a man. Dwayne Wade can’t win a title without a boat-load of talent to accompany his efforts, that’s not “greatness” in my opinion either. The Celts have their “big 3”, and they are/were far more likeable champs than the Heat will ever be. Those guys need to be brought down to Earth! And their fans are bandwagon-riders, that didn’t even care about showing up at their games until Lebron came to town. Where’s the loyalty in that?? Miami is a party-town, nothing more nothing less.

  3. purdueman - Jun 9, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    I love Sir Charles because he’s always so unabashedly honest. Here’s the difference between many Heat fans of two other teams who had/have players that Heat fans are constantly trying to compare Le No-Show to:

    Laker fans grew up with Kobe Bryant, they didn’t simply become big fans after their team went out an bought him. Bulls fans grew up with Michael Jordan; they simply didn’t become big fans after their team went out and bought him.

    I find the mostly johnny come lately Heat fans who can afford season tickets and to pay outrageous prices to ticket brokers to be as transparent as the same type of Cub fans who overnight became self-espoused life long Cub fans once lights were put on Wrigley Field and these “night creatures with no family responsibilities and lots of disposable income” suddenly discovered the place, not to watch baseball, but to “make the scene”, get drunk and attain “bragging rights”.

    That’s no to diss the TRUE long term Heat fans, but to say that I just don’t think on the basis of how quiet their arena was during the first two games that I doubt very many of them were able to afford to buy their way in.

    As for Sir Charles characterizing the Heat players as whiners? Whiners are phony floppers and the Heat of course have a lot of phony floppers!

  4. lebronsinsecurity - Jun 9, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    He’s saying what 75% of NBA fans have been thinking for a long time.. Good for Chuck!

  5. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 9, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    To bad Chuck cant do color commentary for the Finals. Now THAT would be entertaining!

  6. skip3525 - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Lakers fans grew up with Kobe but bought Shaq.
    Barkley tried the same thing with Houston.
    It just didn’t work out for him.
    No one complained when Boston did the same thing.
    The problem was how Miami acted when they put the team together.
    If they had just signed and shut up from the start they wouldn’t hear so much backlash.

    • jjstrokes - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:53 PM

      It wasn’t the same when Barkley was traded to the Rockets at all. He was nearing the end of his career; LeBron teamed up with D-wade (one of the very few other players in the league better than him) in the prime of his career. There actually were plenty of people complaining about how Boston assembled the big 3 but again they were all nearing the end of their prime so it was understandable/not so big a deal. Players have been leaving teams in the twilight of the career since the early days, even Big O left Cincy to team up with Lew Alcindor (or Kareem) in Milwaukee. LeBron, who was considered the best player in the world at the time, teaming up with another top3 player is a totally different situation completely, & much less respectable for a guy who is supposed to be the next MJ

    • purdueman - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:48 PM

      skip… your points are valid, but none of the guys who you mention are the ones who Heat fans keep trying to compare James with (Kobe and Jordan). That’s my point… James isn’t a closer; Kobe and Jordan clearly are/were, and unlike James, both were home grown by their respective teams.

      There WAS a lot of outrage of the T-Wolves giveaway of Garnett to Boston, but that was a trade, not simply writing a check to acquire him. Ditto for Gasol in LA.

      What I find really funny though is you mentioning Shaq. The reason why Shaq was moved was because old greaser Riley was trying to dump as many games as he could in the hopes of getting the #1 pick in the NBA and drafting Derrick Rose. He did wind up with the most ping pong balls allowed for anyone team (25%), but then wound up with Michael Beasley, passing on Kevin Love (who went three picks later). Some “genius!”.

  7. jjstrokes - Jun 9, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Oh yeah almost forgot, Helin’s a tool

  8. muhangis - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    The hell with the Miami Heat! Charles is correct.

  9. yippityskippity69 - Jun 9, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    I love when Charles speaks his mind! Never a dull moment with him from the “Im not a role model” days to the “Miami has the worst fans”! He says what he feels and always entertains. I wish he coulda played forever he sells the NBA like nobody else! Im gonna agree that there is just something about the heat that just makes u cringe!

    • purdueman - Jun 9, 2011 at 11:31 PM

      I don’t know about “cringe”, but definitely “make your skin crawl!”

  10. thegame1479 - Jun 10, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Charles is a hypocrite. He is supposed to be an impartial “analyst”. Those who think he SO real for speaking his mind…. all he is doing is giving the Hulk Hogan fist pump and hand-to-the-ear manuever to all of the 95% of this country that doesn’t like the Heat. He is playing to the popular opinion. That’s all. I have NO problem with anyone who doesn’t like Lebron or the Heat for the way it came together. Everyone is intitled to their own opinion. But to make fun of the fans is just weak as hell. A 10 year old Heat fan turned on 1st and 10 yesterday and heard Charles Barkley call him a bad fan. Why? Cause some idiot threw a towel at Charles head? The Heat aren’t the only ones who are sensitive, apparently. Miami fans can be fickle. But worst in the league? Ive seen other stadiums with lower bowl seats not taken, as well. Let’s be real. Opinions are formed by the perspective of the individual. If someone dislikes the Heat….which most do….they will only hear the facts that support their dislike and ignore the positives. I was a Huge Barkley fan before this. I don’t know if it is a personal thing or what….. but the thing that has made me lose all respect for him is the fact that he will say something like this on the radio and then mock anyone who thinks that he has any kind of bias. Like the Heat fans have it wrong. No, Chuck. You are what we thought you were. Just own it.

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 10, 2011 at 12:11 PM

      If you think Barkley is paid to be an impartial analyst you don’t understand how today’s media works.

      • thegame1479 - Jun 10, 2011 at 12:36 PM

        I do understand how it works…. Just wish it wasn’t that way . I worded that 2nd sentence poorly. I long for the days where analysts gave their opinions from an impartial perspective. Barkley spews all of this hate for the Skip Bayless’s of the world. Yet, he is exactly what he professes to dislike. A shock-jock masking as an analyst. He takes personal jabs at players,teams and fans. There are more who are similar…. It’s just that Charles claims that he doesn’t have a bias……anyone want to dispute that he does? It’s ok to dislike something. Just own what you say. That is all I am trying to point out.

    • nfl25 - Jun 10, 2011 at 12:53 PM

      bro what he said is exactly what i said to my girl when i watched my first heat game, it was first round of the playoffs. i couldnt belive how they were acting. and i never even knew others had problems wit miami. i havent watched bball since iverson left the sixers, i came back and watched the heat and thought, this is what became of the nba, then i found out it was just the heat. barkley is telling u what he thinks

      • purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM

        Commissioner Stern should use his powers and mandate that Miami vacate the name “Heat” and replace it with “Clowns” or “Floppers”.

  11. skip3525 - Jun 10, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    @Purdueman I was refering to when Shaq left ORL to go to Lakers.
    Shaq wore his welcome out in every city.
    In Miami he was causing problems and they made the best deal possible for him.
    Last years Heat team was worse and they won more games.
    It may have seemed like they tanked the season since Wade was hurt.
    As far as taking Beasley over Love every team in the league had Beasley rated higher.
    Minn should have drafted Westbrook and this year they’d add Williams and have a decent team.

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