NBA legend Charles Barkley didn’t mince words when he said he would have “mauled” the Golden State Warriors and Steph Curry if they played each other.
Barkley made the comments Wednesday during an appearance on the Colin Cowherd show. Barkley, who is now a NBA analyst on TNT, took exception to how defenders aren’t allowed to be very physical anymore.
Barkley said in part:
We would have just mauled them. You’re not gonna let guys come off those picks. They changed the rules—it’s kind of like the NFL where you can’t touch the wide receiver. The defense is at a disadvantage, all these cornerbacks in the NFL are really at a disadvantage. And a guy like [Stephen Curry], who is amazing, you can’t put your hands on him, you can’t hand-check him. It’s a totally different game.
The fact that the Golden State Warriors won a tough series against the Cleveland Cavaliers is another reason why Barkley doesn’t feel Curry could beat his old teams. According to Barkley, the Cavaliers only had one good player — LeBron James.
Barkley played for Philadelphia, Pheonix, and Houston before he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.