NBA legend Charles Barkley makes his living entertaining viewers, not predicting the future. Sure, Barkley knew and correctly predicted the Celtics were going down after identifying Boston’s bad attitude. But when it comes to the Golden State Warriors, Barkley was way off with his Nostradamus act.
Barkley told his TNT crew that “the Warriors ain’t got no chance of winning without Kevin Durant.” That was back in the Houston series after Durant got injured. Kenny Smith was dumbstruck by this bold Barkley statement, but Barkley continued to assert with certainty that the Warriors couldn’t win “this series (the Rockets) or any other series.”
Well, the Warriors — without Kevin Durant — have done just that, winning the Western Conference for the fifth straight year. That’s more straight NBA Finals appearances since Bill Russell’s 1960s Celtics juggernaut.
So Barkley had to eat his words twice, in Houston and Portland. The good thing about this word meal for Barkley? At least his words had some delicious Curry sauce on them. 2x NBA MVP Steph Curry, who Barkley earlier said “wasn’t the same” as the pre-Durant Curry, scored more than 30 ppg in all four consecutive wins against the Trail Blazers.