NBA legends Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal have tee’d off on Wednesday.
Barkley, the TNT analyst and Basketball Corridor of Famer, ripped the Nets and the NBA on “Contained in the NBA,” hours after coach Steve Nash was fired.
The assault comes as Brooklyn makes an attempt to cope with star Kyrie Irving, who drew controversy for sharing a hyperlink anti-Semitic movie on social media, the NY Publish studies.
O’Neal expressed his damage over Irving’s posts and the actual fact the star continues to divide the sport.
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“That is all on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons. Steve Nash is a scapegoat,” Barkley mentioned. “This factor was by no means going to work when [Kyrie Irving] mentioned we don’t want a coach.”
Barkley added that the crew was good throughout its 2021 playoff run that finally resulted in a second-round loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He asserted that the criticism with Nash solely began after that exact run.
“No person was speaking about how unhealthy of a coach Steve Nash was three or 4 years in the past,” he mentioned. “The entire sudden these guys begin performing like fools and jackasses and now Steve Nash can’t coach.”
The Nets have begun the 12 months with an underwhelming 2-5 report, and haven’t but established a crew id exterior of full chaos. Durant mentioned information of Nash’s axing left him shocked, a response basketball followers weren’t shopping for.
Barkley went on to claim that the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver have been far too gradual to cope with Irving’s newest incident.
“I feel he ought to have been suspended him,” Barkley mentioned. “I feel Adam ought to have suspended him. Initially, Adam is Jewish — you possibly can’t take my $40 million and insult my faith,” Barkley mentioned.
“You gonna insult me, you might have the suitable, however I’ve the suitable to say, ‘You possibly can’t take my $40 million and insult my faith.’ I feel the NBA, they made a mistake.
“We’ve suspended folks and fined individuals who have made homophobic slurs. And that was the suitable factor to do. For those who insult the Black group, you need to be suspended or fined closely.”
Barkley pointed to Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards being fined $40,000 for anti-gay remarks made on social media.
“In Irving’s case, the punitive measures wanted to be taken sooner,” Barkley mentioned.
“Him acknowledging the Alex Jones factor, one thing ought to have occurred with that too, trigger that dude’s loopy.
“I can’t imagine we ain’t speaking about basketball — we speaking about this fool.
“While you’re anyone as nice at basketball as him, individuals are going to hearken to what you say. I blame the NBA, he ought to have been suspended.”
O’Neal was additionally closely essential of Irving and his controversial posts, saying the star doesn’t appear to care concerning the penalties of his actions.
“I used to be one of many first guys on Twitter and once I realised the ability it had, I knew I needed to be very accountable,” O’Neal mentioned.
“I attempt to make folks joyful. My method has all the time been the identical – 60 per cent to make you snicker, 30 per cent to encourage and 10 per cent no matter I’m promoting.
“You’ve gotten to pay attention to what you might be doing. It’s important to be acutely aware and I can inform he’s not acutely aware – he doesn’t actually care what’s occurring.
“However us, I do know the sport we love and used to advertise, it brings folks collectively. It hurts me generally when we’ve to take a seat up right here and speak about stuff that divides the sport. We’ve got acquired to reply for what this fool has completed.
“I stand for equality of all folks, I’ve all the time been like that. It doesn’t matter, your faith or the place you’re from. That’s how I used to be raised.
“I don’t wish to sit up right here and reply questions for what he’s completed. It’s my job to make folks joyful.
“I can’t reply for what he’s doing – it’s apparent by his solutions that he doesn’t actually care.”
This text initially appeared on the NY Publish and was reproduced with permission.