The Phoenix Suns and Charles Barkley

I would like to see TNT fire Charles Barkley. It makes me sad to say this because he was my favorite player at one time, a real American hero. But now his schtick has gotten old, and he has nothing new and interesting say about any of the games. Time to get some talent in with a different perspective.

I think Barkley’s obvious dislike of the Suns makes what he says irrelevant. He spent the time after both the Lakers and Clipper’s series talking about what they did wrong that lost them the series rather then what the Suns did right. He made it clear that the Çlippers were the best team and that if you examine the results of the series they blew a couple of games they should have won.

Finally if I hear one more time that Steve Nash has to have a MVP game or the Suns have no chance makes the efforts of the rest of the Suns of no consequence. I hope that some people are watching these game and not just listening to Charles and Kenny Smith, and they noticed guys like Shawn Marion, Raja Bell, Leandro Barbosa, and Boris Diaw were also playing. Then of course they told us all the reasons the Spurs and Mavericks were really playing for the Western Championship and if I could interprete their comments, will sweep the Suns away. We’ll see….
The Suns have made no excuses this year, but I find in strange that neither Charles or Kenny have mentioned that the Suns have accomplished all this without their best player, Amare Stoudemire, and without their best interior defender in Kurt Thomas. They accuse the Suns of being a bunch of overachievers. When has being an overachiever ever been a weakness.

I think the Suns have far exceeded what most of us could have ever imagined losing three of last years starters, and especially those needed to provide an inside presence. I believe that Mike D’antoni has done a masterful job in guiding this team into the Western Conference Championship. They have reached the same level as last years team, and are the most entertaining team in basketball.
I say to Charles and Kenny, time to say goodbye. Time for you to find something else to do with your time. Maybe get a real job.

About Fred

I am the running coach of Quest Club of Arizona, an adult running club. Formerly coached at Phoenix College for 18 years, and have coached a number of elite runners including Trina Painter and Lisa Weidenbach. Most recently coached Priscilla Hein, graduate of ASU and Olympic Trials semi finalist. In addition to coaching I am the sports publicist for the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference in track and field, and the Meet Director for the NJCAA Region Championships in Cross Country and Track and Field.
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