In an radio appearance this morning, Charles Barkley offered his opinion on the Sixers’ new general manager and how the organization’s off-season unraveled. To say that he wasn’t endorsing the franchise he once called home would be an understatement.
Barkley is known for his strong opinions and his lack of a filter so this should come as no surprise.
The former All-Star and current NBA analyst for TNT has made it publicly known that he is not a believer in the direction the league has headed with advanced statistics. For those that were not aware of his stance, here is what he had to say earlier.
“I have a problem with the way the Sixers are running their organization right now. Listen, Howard, you know I don’t believe in that analytical crap. If LeBron James couldn’t spell cat, I want him on my team. I always tell people, give me a dumb guy that can really play. Don’t give me no smart guy.
The guy [Hinkie], he came from Houston. When did Houston get good? When they went out and paid James Harden all that money and [Omer] Asik, and now they went out and got Dwight Howard. That’s got nothing to do with analytics, that’s got to do with paying really good players to come to town.”
Unfortunately for Barkley’s case, Houston Rockets‘ GM Daryl Morey has a strong background in analytics. Also, there is no denying the fact that they were a major part of why the team was able to sign two top-notch talents.