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Charles Barkley blames media for Carmelo drama


09:32 AM ET 11.03 | Charles Barkley started this. Now he's looking for someone else to blame. When Carmelo Anthony announced he would opt out of his contract on July 1 and become a free agent, Sir Charles, TNT's NBA studio analyst, was quick to criticize. He delivered his critique of Anthony a few different times, including twice on TNT (Monday/Thursday). Barkley's rap was basically the same. Anthony "forced" his way to New York: "Now all of a sudden he wants to leave? He wants to test free agency? That really pissed me off." Barkley added that Anthony should be a recruiter, trying to convince other free agents to join the Knicks. On Thursday night, prior to Knicks- Bulls, Barkley started to backpedal ("It's not a criticism of Carmelo") before returning to the fast track his mouth had been running on. "I hate when guys talk about being a free agent," he said. "It distracts from their team." Why? "You know the media," Barkley told his colleagues Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal. "They are idiots. They are going to ask him (Anthony) the same question every day."

New York Daily News

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November 3, 2013  07:55 PM ET

if you don't give any answers- the medial will stop askingwe heard squat out of CP- and they left him alonedwight kept talking....they kept asking.we haven't heard anything this time (so far) out of LBJ- they aren't askingmelo is talking- they ask

Yup I agree.

Timmy was a FA too last year NO ONE asked a darn thing. People that WANT attention on them are the ones that make it a big deal. Like LBJ did, Dwightmare and Melodrama. I seriously doubt that KD will do something stupid, even if he chose to go somewhere else.

I have NO ISSUES stars deciding to leave town and go someplace else, but they can do so by shutting up, and not being a diva.

November 4, 2013  03:03 AM ET

What a horribly-written, biased article. You were dissing Barkley from the opening words with propaganda and lies. How is "It's not criticism of Carmelo" backpedaling? He simply said why not try to bring players to N.Y. since you made it such a big deal to go there.

Barkley's job is to express his opinion on the NBA, he's not a reporter, he was simply stating that reporters are now going to ask Carmelo about this every day. In other words, Barkley didn't "Start" anything. You should be ashamed of yourself as a writer.

Are you proud that you took a couple of quotes out of context and made an "Article" out of it? There's no damn story here.

November 4, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Listen Before You Speak, Bro.

November 4, 2013  10:23 PM ET

Maybe a little too much alcohol? Dammit IT Wasn't me that said it!
...Seriously, CB said his golf handicap is down to 12 (12 beers while on golf course). Dude shouldn???t joke or talk about his public drinking problem???


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