Sunday , Dec , 09 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Charles Barkley Versus Allen Iverson: The Philly Legends Still Have Beef

Barkley’s recent comments are about his ego. These two Philly legends have history. Ten years ago, Sir Charles, the wily veteran, and Iverson, the emerging star, exchanged insults …

The Denver Post’s Woody Paige reports on Charles Barkley bashing Allen Iverson: 

 The Round Mound of Rebound has been ripping the Dior of Score Galore – again. After Allen Iverson scored 51 points, with eight assists, against the Lakers and before he scored 35, with 12 assists, against the Mavericks, Charles Barkley groused on TV that Iverson was a one-dimensional player who didn’t make his teammates and team better. This Phamous Philly Stake-in-the-Heart Pheud has been going on for almost a decade. Barkley, the player, never cared much for Iverson, the kid. Barkley, the commentator, still doesn’t respect Iverson, the veteran.

My Quick Take: Barkley’s recent comments are about his ego. These two Philly legends have history. Ten years ago, Sir Charles, the wily veteran, and Iverson, the emerging star, exchanged insults.

Barkley said of Iverson: "I can’t stand that guy." Iverson said of Barkley: "He’s nothing." (Denver Post)

Barkley should be careful. He was a great player, but some, like Scottie Pippen, claim Barkley never made those around him better, either.

In fact, Pippen once called Barkley “fat” and “lazy”, claiming the Round Mound of Rebound lacked dedication. And, frankly, the Chicago legend has six championship rings to back-up his comments.

Iverson’s game, because of his height, does take time to appreciate. And too often, teammates rely on A.I. to create offense with the shot clock winding down.

Well, Barkley’s game was different, too. After all, how many 6-5 power forwards have dominated the NBA? And how many times did he receive the rock with just a few ticks on the shot clock?

Barkley has chosen to ignore what he has in common with Iverson. But surely he can appreciate The Answer’s heart.

Even ‘Play the Right Way’ Larry Brown looked past Iverson’s deficiencies and fell in love with his passion, toughness, and desire. And George Karl, Denver’s old school sideline boss, has praised Iverson’s professionalism.

Barkley should check his ego and take another look at Iverson. There is much to like about the tiny guard’s game.

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