Charles Barkley has never been known to mince words or shy away from controversy, whether that includes openly criticizing various current and former players, thumbing his nose at the analytics movement, or suggesting that black people are responsible for the police violence committed against them. Just today, he circled back to his old polemic about how jump-shooting teams like the Warriors can’t win championships.
But his latest controversy has to do with NBA 2K17. The wildly-successful video game franchise prides itself on its authenticity, which stems from all sorts of league-related aspects that appear therein. One of those happens to be TNT’s Inside the NBA crew, which in real life features Barkley, Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kenny Smith, who do the pre-game and halftime shows.