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Quote of the Day: Barkley does not think Knicks are Playboy bunnies

Dec 13, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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“Everybody in New York thinks the Knicks are Playboy bunnies, and I have been telling them for years the Knicks are a rabbit. They’re closer to a Playboy bunny this year but for the last few years these guys are like, ‘We have a really good team!’ And I say, ‘You really think that?’ And I say, ‘No, they don’t.’ But this is the best team they’ve had in a while.”

— Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley, speaking to Newsday, admitting that these Knicks are good. Best team they have had in a long while (hat tip to SLAM).

But if you read the entire Newsday post, Barkley has concerns — that the Knicks are regularly getting beat on the boards, that their three-point shooting will cool off, that fitting Amare Stoudemire back in with Carmelo Anthony is another hurdle to climb. Every one of those is a legitimate concern and why we should all be careful about reading too much into December results.

But even Barkley admits these Knicks are good. We knew some team in the East would break out of the pack to be the side to challenge the Heat come the playoffs (the road to the finals still goes through Miami). It looks like the Knicks could be that team. And if they keep playing like this they could pose a serious challenge, not just a paper one.

  1. cantonbound13 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Chuck is great. He’s not right all the time but very opinionated & stands by his comments.

  2. eflem80 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Charles Barkley is the chairman of the Knick hater club. This idiot was on national tv talking about how the knicks should’ve kept Lin even for that contract he was asking for because “all they had to do is amnesty him in the 3rd year if it didn’t work out.” A stupid comment on many fronts but mostly because of the fact that the Knicks already used their amnesty on chauncy Billups. This is also the same genius who said the Nets were gonna beat the Lakers in the finals a couple years ago & proclaimed that Keith Van Horn was gonna become a “start” din that’s series….then the Nets got swept. Dude has no clue about what comes outta his mouth & provides nothing but comic relief.

  3. madtownthrowdown - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Bla Bla Bla. I’d rather listen to Gus Johnson call a football game and that isn’t saying much.

  4. bleed4philly - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Love Charles

  5. fventricle - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    NY will prove themselves this year and quiet all the haters once and for all.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:33 PM


  6. fanofevilempire - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    a lot of people hate on the Knicks and find fault with what is going
    on this year but I really believe they are for real.

    Charles always breaks it down with three or four teams who will win
    and everyone else can suck it,

    I think he is terrible……..just kidding

  7. millytone0621 - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Remind me again, how many rings chuck got?

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      None: he has to pawn them to pay gambling debts.

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