Robert Horry Says Charles Barkley Didn’t Like To Practice Or Work Hard
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Well, you can add 7x NBA champion Robert Horry as another in a long line of others who are not too fond of former NBA player-turned sports analyst Charles Barkley.
Let me tell you why.
Just before the 1996-97 season, Horry was traded to the Phoenix Suns as the Rockets brought in Barkley to pair him with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler in an effort to keep their championship run going. However, that team never could get past the Utah Jazz.
However, in a recent interview with HuffPost Live, Horry showed that he was still a little bitter about the trade, or perhaps just being honest about ol’ Chuck.
“Now they bring in Barkley, a guy who doesn’t like to practice, a guy who doesn’t work hard… And you would have added us to the mix so it’s two vets and two young, we would’ve had a great team. But no, they think, ‘we’re going to bring in Charles.’ But hell you just realize Charles didn’t win anything in Phoenix, he didn’t win anything in Philly. And sometimes, you know, great players don’t make a great team better.”
“No, I wouldn’t say that. I would just say he brings a different element to a team. And sometimes you have too many chefs in the kitchen — think about it, you had Clyde, you had Dream, and then you had Charles — those are three scorers, and there’s only one basketball. Most teams only have 2 good scorers… and I think he was just too much for that team.”
As far as the fact that there needs to be a good fit of role players and stars is a fact that still resonates in today’s NBA.
But to say that Barkley didn’t work hard, as much as I hate a lot of the things Chuck spews across the airwaves, laziness is not what I remember seeing on the court.
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