Monday , Apr , 21 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Charles Barkley Calls out Dirk Nowitzki

"You can’t let a man put his hand on your face in the playoffs," Johnson said.

"I love Dirk Nowitzki," Barkley said. "Terrific, great player. But they’re trying to say to you, ‘We think you’re soft.’ That’s what it means…. You’ve got to slap his hand down, and then you got to say, ‘Hey, let that guy drive to the basket’ and then you’ve got to knock the hell out of him."

Smith said: "You have to punish them on the next couple of plays. The ball has to come to Dirk now, and he has to say, ‘You know what? I’m going to really punish you for the disrespect of putting your hands in my face.’" [Star-Telegram]