Barkley: Kobe one of 10 best players ever, but it’s over for him and Lakers


barkley-speakNBA legend and TNT analyst Charles Barkley seems to have very little faith in Kobe Bryant, who is looking for another season with LA Lakers, coming off an injury.

“I’m shoveling dirt on his grave. It’s no disrespect. When you get older… Bryant played a ton of minutes, he’s got a lot of jump in those legs, that’s the reason they can’t get healthy,” Barkley recently told NBA.com.

Bryant played only 6 games last season, averaging 13.8 ppg for the LA Lakers. This is the lowest amount of games he played during his whole NBA career.

Barkley said Kobe’s legs will be healthy by the beginning of the season, but that’s because he hasn’t played in any games. From there on, according to Barkley, it might get worse.

“As I always tell people – when you play against air during the summer – air doesn’t hit back. In the NBA it’s going to be like oh Carmelo is here, oh Lebron is here, oh Kevin Durant is here, oh Derrick Rose is here…. playing against those guys night in and night out is different,” he said.

“I love Kobe Bryant, he’s one of the best 10 players ever, but it’s over for him and the Lakers,” Barkley said.

Charles Barkley, an 11-time All-Star, was named one of the NBA’s all-time 50 greatest players in 1993, the same year he won the league’s Most Valuable Player award.

Barkley, a Hall of Famer, competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games and won 2 gold medals. He holds career NBA averages of 22.1 ppg and 11.7 rpg in 36.7 minutes on the court. Barkley played in 1073 NBA games, starting in 1012 of them.



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