Charles Barkley: Jason Kidd is like a player-coach out there

barkley-sunsFormer NBA star, legendary power forward Charles Barkley, now an NBA analyst has recently spoke of the New York Knicks, and expressed his views on the team.

Noticeably, he spoke of Jason Kidd, an 18-year veteran, who is still in the league, playing for the Knicks, as their starting point guard.

“He is like a player coach out there. Jason Kidd is one of the smartest guys who has ever played in the NBA,” Barkley said.

Speaking of the Knicks team as a whole, former NBA All-Star is not sure that the team would be going easy through the playoffs.

“They don’t get a lot of easy baskets. I don’t think a team can win a championship shooting jumpers,” Barkley said.

While Barkley doesn’t believe the Knicks team are champion contenders yet, he said “this is the best team they’ve had in a while”.

Barkley retired from NBA in 2000, he retired as the fourth player in NBA history to achieve 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists.

11-time All-Star, Barkley was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2006.

He competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games and won two gold medals as a member of the United States men’s basketball team.

Barkley was a prolific scorer and a great rebounder, who holds career averages of 22.1 ppg and 11.7 rpg in 36.7 minutes on the court.

Barkley led the league in offensive rebounds for 3 consecutive seasons, and holds a personal record of 14.6 rebounds per game achieved in 1986-1987 season.

Scoring wise, Barkley never in his career averaged below 14 points per game. He played in 1073 NBA games, starting in 1012 of them.

Barkley was one of the NBA’s most versatile players and accurate scorers capable of scoring from anywhere on the court and established himself as one of the NBA’s top power forwards of all time. Some say he was the best.


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