Charles Barkley hates the new trend of super teams in the NBA. He thinks they’re bad for the league. Barkley criticized LeBron when he left for Miami, and most recently, laid into Kevin Durant for jumping ship from Oklahoma City to Golden State to cruise down easy street to his first ring.
Barkley’s position from the moral high ground has raised some eyebrows from those who note that Barkley did a little ring chasing during his NBA career too. He engineered a trade from Phoenix to Philadelphia (Barkley claims he had no input in the trade), and joined forces with Hakeem Olajuwon and Scottie Pippen in Houston at the end of his career in attempts to win an NBA title.
Sir Charles’ biggest contribution to the super team craze, however, was his participation on the original super team, the 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Team. Today in the Herd, Colin said the Dream Team is the catalyst for the current super team environment that Barkley loathes.
“LeBron James did not start the super team. MJ, Magic, Charles, Bird, lined up, because in 1988, United States basketball lost the world championships. They said, ‘That’s enough, we didn’t like that.’ So let’s, in 1992, collaborate, converge, all the star players come on the roster. And they all watched each other, and said, ‘He’s gonna play, I’m gonna play, and let’s go.’
And why did they do that? Because it was easier for Team USA to win a gold medal.”
People who live in glass houses should’t throw stones, even if the glass house is an eight bedroom mansion with a 3 car garage and a pool, like Barkley’s.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 19, 2016