“Two tall black dudes” Charles Barkley ROASTS Celtics and T- Wolves players during segment that honored the best big man duos
Charles Barkley is infamous for his harsh takes on the current and the upcoming generations of NBA stars. He feels the league isn’t what it used to be all those years back and has become “soft”. Barkley recently spoke on the TNT broadcast once again making the same judgment in a way. During a presentation of the greatest big men duo, Barkley seemed annoyed when Rudy Gobert and Karl Anthony Towns’ names made it on the list.
The List consisted of duos of Kevin McHale – Robert Parish, Hakeem Olajuwon- Ralph Samson, David Robinson, and Tim Duncan, and finally came to the duos of Robert Williamson-Al Horford, Rudy Gobert & Karl Anthony Towns to which everyone in the studio started laughing and Barkley said, “just 2 tall black dudes.” Shaq reacting to this said that they were big man duos but not “great” big duos.
This wouldn’t be the first time Barkley has thrown shade on the current generation of stars. Earlier in May during the Memphis Grizzlies vs The Golden State Warriors playoff showdown, Barkley was harsh in criticism of what had become of the playoff games. He was left frustrated after repeated reviews of flagrant fouls. According to Barkley, the play-off games are meant to be rough and tumble.
Charles Barkley’s take on the Rudy Gobert trade deal
Charles Barkley made it clear on the show how much he despised the trade that went down between Rudy Gobert and the Timberwolves. The Utah Jazz received the draft rights of Walker Kessler (No. 22 pick) along with Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt and Leandro Bolmaro. In addition to this, they also got 2023, 2025, and 2027 unprotected first-round picks from the Timberwolves, a 2029 first-round pick (top-five protected), and the right to trade first-round picks with Minnesota in 2026.
Barkley felt that the Timberwolves have made a grave mistake in acquiring tall players, especially at a time when all the other teams have smaller players. He added how these tall players can’t guard 3-point shooters and this was the reason he didn’t like the trade at all. When Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns are on the court together the Timberwolves haven’t always performed well. The club performs admirably on defense but has had trouble scoring. Towns continues to attack lanes with his size, but only when Gobert is off the court is it conceivable.