TORONTO – Charles Barkley is old school.
The 11-time All-Star and former league MVP is on record as preferring drag-down, hard-nosed play of the 1990s to the motion-heavy, free-flowing style that’s become a hallmark of modern basketball. That’s why Barkley remains fervently against the analytics movement, and explains why he was so adamant the Golden State Warriors would never hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
“Jump-shooting teams don’t win titles,” the Hall of Famer said throughout the blue and gold’s run to their first championship in 40 years.
Barkley, by the way, has changed his tune – to an extent. “Nobody is in their stratosphere,” he told DIME of the Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, and Oklahoma City Thunder from All-Star Weekend in Toronto. If that seems a tepid assessment of the reigning champions’ chances to repeat, though, Barkley’s take on their best player will register colder than an Ontario February.
During a sit-down with DIME on Thursday evening, the Inside the NBA lightning rod was asked to compare the overall offensive dominance of Steph Curry to those of a prime Shaquille O’Neal and his own. The exchange, in which he calls the reigning MVP “just a great shooter,” is transcribed below.