Charles Barkley has already blown the Bulls out of the water after their first win of the season against the Washington Wizards.
Charles Barkley has had a good race against the Chicago Bulls lately.
TNT NBA host and former rival Michael Jordan broadcast highlights of the first half of the match between the Bulls and the Wizards and called the Bulls the worst team in the NBA.
Barkley had to eat those words, as the Bulls won 115-107 on Tuesday night and sentenced the Wizards to an 0-4 start to the season, but that didn’t stop Barkley from continuing to defeat the Bulls.
He challenged NBA co-hosts Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal to nominate five players from Team Chicago. He called Wendell Carter Jr. at NBC Sports Chicago Wendell Hudson.
Barkley’s diatribe reached a crescendo in this year’s Who He’s Playing For quiz, in which Chuck misjudged all five players, including the new bull goalie Garrett Temple. For the fourth time in a row Barkley misjudged the Temple and sent the 11 year old veteran to the Hall of Fame.
Maybe Chuck will find out who he’s playing for in 2021 pic.twitter.com/o7KM8efF6x.
– NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) 30 December 2020.
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Barkley beats Billy Donovan for coaching the Bulls: No good players
At the end of September, Barkley Bulls criticized coach Billy Donovan for rushing to accept the vacant head coach position in Chicago.
There are only two jobs worse than this [Bulls head coach] – the captain of the Titanic and my fitness coach, Barkley said.
When asked why the Bulls are so poorly trained, Mr. Barkley replied: They don’t have good players… He could have waited for a better job.
Barkley’s ill will towards Chicago may have been partly due to the dismantling of him and the Phoenix Suns in the 1993 NBA final in favor of the Bulls led by Michael Jordan, but Barkley has expressed legitimate concerns about Donovan.
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The pieces Donovan inherited from Jim Boylen’s time don’t yet have the offensive movement pattern and the team defense mentality that Donovan and Vice President of Basketball Operations Arturas Karnisovas are just beginning to form.
The first three games of the season have not been encouraging for many players who could be in the lift next year.
Otto Porter Jr. and Zach LaVine remain the prime suspects of a rescheduling or relocation next season, as neither Porter nor LaVine have seen their reputations grow: Porter, who was out of shape after returning from the injury, and Lavin, who was unable to finish the match against the Golden State Warriors.
With three games to go, Chicago’s player rotation so far hasn’t been encouraging, and there could be a turnaround by the middle of the season.