Charles Barkley is “pissed off.”
Throughout Thursday’s “Contained in the NBA,” Barkley referred to as out the Lakers’ group for seemingly scapegoating coach Frank Vogel and newly acquired guard Russell Westbrook for the group’s newest struggles.
“I’m not going to sit down out like all these clowns on other networks that obtained their heads up the Lakers booties,” Barkley talked about with out naming names.
“Now they’re blaming Frank Vogel and Russell Westbrook — hear the individuals up prime who put that trash collectively are operating and hiding like cowards saying, ‘Oh it’s Frank and Russ.’ You place all them previous geezers on the market.”
The Lakers roster has a median age of 30. The offseason additions of Westbrook, 33, Carmelo Anthony, 37, Trevor Ariza 36, and Dwight Howard, 36, made them the oldest energetic group in the NBA. LeBron James turned 37 ultimate month.
“I don’t care who wins, I simply need the season to be over so we are able to go play golf and fish. However the Lakers are such wussies,” Barkley talked about in his rant, noting that he wanted to utilize a phrase similar to wussies nevertheless couldn’t on account of TNT guidelines.
“The best way they’ve tried to throw Russell Westbrook and Frank Vogel below the bus is simply actually pissing me off… The perfect man other than LeBron in the final month has been who? Stanley Johnson. And for y’all to be bringing a man who was on the road and turns into your second greatest participant, and whoever’s operating that trash on the market and getting away, it’s ridiculous man.”
Westbrook’s newest capturing stoop led to him being benched in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s 111-104 loss to the Pacers at dwelling. That obtained right here after the Lakers had been blown out by the Nuggets in a 37-point loss over the weekend.
At one stage, host Ernie Johnson interrupted Barkley’s rant on account of that they’d a customer able to be interviewed.
“The Lakers nonetheless suck after we get again from this interview,” Barkley talked about, later together with that he was “nonetheless mad” when the current returned after a enterprise break.
Barkley’s rant obtained right here days after Magic Johnson ripped the group in a tweet, tagging proprietor Jeanie Buss.
The Lakers are a completely utterly completely different group then the James-led squad that obtained a title in the 2020 NBA bubble season. With a 22-23 file and Anthony Davis injured, the Lakers can’t seem to hunt out their rhythm with a Corridor of Fame roster they threw collectively. Their veteran squad has moreover been riddled with accidents all through a second consecutive pandemic season.
Vogel, in the meantime, has reportedly been “teaching for his job.”
James has tried to do harm administration in press conferences, saying the instructing staff isn’t to blame for the group’s newest struggles.
The Lakers play the Magic on Friday to kick off an East Coast freeway journey in opposition to the Warmth, Nets, Hornets, and Hawks.