Barkley: 'The Knicks still stink, dude'
April, 19, 2012
By Jared Zwerling | ESPNNewYork.com
Same stuff, different day.
That's Charles Barkley for you when it comes to the Knicks. The NBA on TNT analyst has ripped the team plenty of times in the past.
Thursday morning on WFAN radio, Barkley said, "The Knicks still stink, dude. They're not going anywhere [in the playoffs], they're gonna be one-and-done. ... I don't dislike the Knicks. But they just don't have a good team. I just told you, they're the No. 7 seed. You guys act like they're the No. 1 or 2 seed!"
He did, however, call Carmelo Anthony "the best offensive player in the NBA."
Melo sure has been since March 26, when Jeremy Lin and Amare Stoudemire became inactive due to injuries. Anthony has been averaging a league-high 30.6 points per game on 50.5 percent shooting during that span.
The Chuckster also addressed the upcoming vacancy at the Knicks' head coaching position. One guy he basically called crazy if he were to field an offer from the team was John Calipari, who just won a national championship with Kentucky.
"Let me tell you something," Barkley said. "He's never going to be drunk enough to take that Knicks job. ... That would be career suicide. I'm a big, big John Calipari fan, but he's not gonna take that job, because that ain't a good job."
That speculation has quickly died down with Mike Woodson at the helm. He has led the Knicks to a 15-5 record since March 14, when he took over for Mike D'Antoni. Of course, Barkley had something to say about that, too.
"The reason the Knicks are playing well, that's because they are well-rested," he said. "Because they quit on Mike D'Antoni, so they've got a lot more energy."
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