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Saturday, June 1, 2013
Barkley on Nets: 'Softer than tissue paper'

By Jared Zwerling

For years, Charles Barkley has ripped the Knicks, including this season. But he was more complimentary of the Nets, saying they would gain a higher playoff position than the Knicks.

But the Hall of Famer changed his tune on the Nets on Friday, ridiculing them on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show."

"I said, 'Please Oklahoma City don't get to the Finals. I said San Antonio, Memphis, I said Brooklyn -- I didn't realize they are softer than tissue paper, and you've got Indiana," Barkley said while making an appearance to discuss the Heat-Pacers playoff series.

Also in May, Barkley, a TNT studio analyst, went off on the Knicks two days after they lost to the Pacers.

"If you guys had listened to me six months ago, you wouldn't be so depressed today," Barkley said on "The Mike Lupica Show" on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "I told you, I said three things: number one, those old geezers can't stay healthy, which happened. You can't keep shooting 3s like that. The biggest problem they've got, they can't rebound the ball. They got a little bit better when Kenyon Martin came along, but that was going to be the thing that always came back to [hurt them]."

Barkley also said the Knicks need to add a big man to help defend and rebound.

"That's their biggest weakness," he said. "If they don't find a big guy to help Tyson Chandler ... it's going to be 'Groundhog Day.'"

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