Charles Barkley On Lakers: ‘They’re The Fourth Best Team In California’
Charles Barkley On Lakers: ‘they’re The Fourth Best Team In California’
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have taken a lot of heat from NBA analysts over the last few years. The 16-time NBA champions have struggled to reclaim their form as a top-tier franchise in the league and, as a result, have missed the playoffs two straight seasons.

One NBA analyst arguably the most critical of the Lakers and the current state of the franchise is TNT’s Charles Barkley.

The Hall of Famer never pulls any punches when talking about the Lakers and had a few more harsh words for the team recently, according to Des Bieler of The Washington Post.

They’re the fourth-best team in California.

“They’re lucky the Sparks ain’t playing [because] they’d be the fifth.”

Along with saying the Los Angeles Sparks would be better than the Lakers, Barkley talked about Kobe Bryant and how he hopes it’s his last year in the league, via Los Angeles Times.

“I hope it’s his last year,” Barkley said. “There’s a reason he keeps getting hurt. His body can’t take the NBA pounding anymore. I just want to remember the great Kobe Bryant. I don’t want him to come out there and play 20, 25 minutes a night and just have, like, a farewell tour.”

All signs point to this season being the last for Bryant. Kobe was already dealing with a leg injury heading into his 20th NBA campaign and will be playing limited minutes to help him get through another 82-game grind.

Although Bryant may be able to defy the odds for another season, the five-time NBA champion likely won’t be announcing his retirement or intentions to retire anytime soon. Kobe is keeping his plans close to the chest and pending a severe injury, which probably won’t change.

But the other 3 California basketball teams combine for 1 ring

  • But the other 3 California basketball teams combine for 1 ring…. Make that 2 whole rings.

  • Charles is just honest, I remember when he said “Northern California is for people who can’t afford to live in Southern California”

  • Charles is just honest, I remember when he said “Northern California is for people who can’t afford to live in Southern California”

  • Any truth too the rumor I keep hearing that the lakers are demanding R S. ware number 33 on his jersey to help motivate him??

  • Any truth too the rumor I keep hearing that the lakers are demanding R S. ware number 33 on his jersey to help motivate him??

  • Barles Charkley doesn’t even know who’s on the Lakers this year other than Kobe. The only time he watches games is on TNT when he’s in the studio working. He only pays attention to the 5 or 6 Title contending teams and barely does that. He’s pretty much clueless about the other 24 teams in the league. He’s too busy, gambling, drinking, partying or making a fool of himself on the golf course to pay much attention to basketball.

  • Barles Charkley doesn’t even know who’s on the Lakers this year other than Kobe. The only time he watches games is on TNT when he’s in the studio working. He only pays attention to the 5 or 6 Title contending teams and barely does that. That’s why he can’t go into detail when he talks about a lot of teams or players the way Kenny does and always just says the same stuff over and over again as Shaq often tells him. He’s pretty much clueless about the other 24 teams in the league. He’s too busy, gambling, drinking, partying or making a fool of himself on the golf course to pay much attention to basketball. They have him there only because he’s a pull-no-punches, brash commentator who they can laugh at and make fun of. He’s pretty entertaining though I guess lol.

  • HA! Ringless player haters always bashing! Charles go sit down in the corner with Reggie Miller…

  • HA! Ringless player haters always bashing! Charles go sit down in the corner with Reggie Miller…

  • HA! The Sparks got more rings than you Charles! Go sit in the corner Charles!

  • CB is correct at the moment we are the 4th best team in California but i’ll tell you this, we will end the season 3rd best with the potential to attract a FA and leapfrog the Chockers i mean clippers oh and by being third that means a 7-8 seed….

  • HA! The Sparks got more rings than you Charles! Go sit in the corner Charles!

  • CB is correct at the moment we are the 4th best team in California but i’ll tell you this, we will end the season 3rd best with the potential to attract a FA and leapfrog the Chockers i mean clippers oh and by being third that means a 7-8 seed….

  • bark, for this case, we’re happy that you’re way off! you’re wearing a Warriors Tshirt “Warriors Championship 1 VS bark 0.” LOL!

  • bark, for this case, we’re happy that you’re way off! you’re wearing a Warriors Tshirt “Warriors Championship 1 VS bark 0.” LOL!

  • No disrespect to big Charles, but although he was certainly asked to
    comment on it, his virulent answers over the past years don’t look like
    trash talk but more like a personal grudge. This is tiring. Pointlessly
    tiring. Can’t you talk about basketball rather than dumping in the
    shoes of the Lakers every time you open your mouth? There are 30 teams,
    man, and certainly many topics worthier of interest than you bullying
    like an immature j.rk.

  • No disrespect to big Charles, but although he was certainly asked to
    comment on it, his virulent answers over the past years don’t look like
    trash talk but more like a personal grudge. This is tiring. Pointlessly
    tiring. Can’t you talk about basketball rather than dumping in the
    shoes of the Lakers every time you open your mouth? There are 30 teams,
    man, and certainly many topics worthier of interest than you bullying
    like an immature j.rk.

  • Regarless of that Barkley is right. He says some dumb stuff sometimes, but he is correct about this

  • Regarless of that Barkley is right. He says some dumb stuff sometimes, but he is correct about this

  • Damn right he is, lucky Lisa Leslie not on TNT, otherwise, he would be the 5th best commentator, lol

  • Damn right he is, lucky Lisa Leslie not on TNT, otherwise, he would be the 5th best commentator, lol

  • I love Charles, the dude is downright funny. Even when he is bashing the Lakers he is funny doing it. But, that said, I hope Kobe rams his words down his throat this year. THAT will be funny.

  • I love Charles, the dude is downright funny. Even when he is bashing the Lakers he is funny doing it. But, that said, I hope Kobe rams his words down his throat this year. THAT will be funny.

  • ” I just want to remember the great Kobe Bryant. I don’t want him to come
    out there and play 20, 25 minutes a night and just have, like, a
    farewell tour.”
    ====
    Funny, considering Barkley missed 145 games over his last four seasons…only played in 20 in his last.

    That said, he is correct — I think the Kings will be better than expected and the Lakers definitely aren’t better than GS or the Clippers.

  • ” I just want to remember the great Kobe Bryant. I don’t want him to come
    out there and play 20, 25 minutes a night and just have, like, a
    farewell tour.”
    ====
    Funny, considering Barkley missed 145 games over his last four seasons…only played in 20 in his last.

    That said, he is correct — I think the Kings will be better than expected and the Lakers definitely aren’t better than GS or the Clippers.

  • your mom played last night, she messed around and got a triple double…………………………………..on her chin

  • your mom played last night, she messed around and got a triple double…………………………………..on her chin

  • Charles Barkley = 16 seasons in the NBA
    Me = 0 seasons in the NBA

    Charles and I have the same amount of rings.

    reference:
    some dude on FB!! 😀

  • Charles Barkley = 16 seasons in the NBA
    Me = 0 seasons in the NBA

    Charles and I have the same amount of rings.

    reference:
    some dude on FB!! 😀

  • not to sound weird but Barkley actually has 4 rings if he would have won the finals more.

  • not to sound weird but Barkley actually has 4 rings if he would have won the finals more.

  • LOL You are the mother bashing donk!!! Nvm my mom will come looking for u. Sleep well. You are really the lowest kind. No wonder your mom hates u.

  • LOL You are the mother bashing donk!!! Nvm my mom will come looking for u. Sleep well. You are really the lowest kind. No wonder your mom hates u.

  • I am looking for something positive to say but nothing has changed! Do you think the FO is aware that from them down this organization is in trouble? I have been a Laker fan since before Wilt came and I am tired of excuses and although Barkley couldn’t lead a team to a championship he may be right.

  • I am looking for something positive to say but nothing has changed! Do you think the FO is aware that from them down this organization is in trouble? I have been a Laker fan since before Wilt came and I am tired of excuses and although Barkley couldn’t lead a team to a championship he may be right.

  • BScott had a whipping boy last year, but he’s playing for Charlotte this year. The Bussites will soon be canned, starting with Kobe, Jimmy, Byron, and Kupchak. Sianara

  • BScott had a whipping boy last year, but he’s playing for Charlotte this year. The Bussites will soon be canned, starting with Kobe, Jimmy, Byron, and Kupchak. Sianara

  • Barkley’s hate for the Lakers comes from his days as a player n Philly getting smashed on by Magic and co. When Magic left the Lakers in 91 Barkley had about 5 yrs to take advantage of the west to get that ring until the Lakers rose back to power….but he couldn’t do it bcuzz of MJ. Barkley has secretly always wanted to b a Laker……

  • Barkley’s hate for the Lakers comes from his days as a player n Philly getting smashed on by Magic and co. When Magic left the Lakers in 91 Barkley had about 5 yrs to take advantage of the west to get that ring until the Lakers rose back to power….but he couldn’t do it bcuzz of MJ. Barkley has secretly always wanted to b a Laker……

  • Charles could never win the Lakers, that’s why he hates them so much !!!!!! Kinda STUPID since Kobe is the only remaining player from his era !!!! And YES it is CHILDISH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Charles could never win the Lakers, that’s why he hates them so much !!!!!! Kinda STUPID since Kobe is the only remaining player from his era !!!! And YES it is CHILDISH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • He was actually traded to lakers and the deal got nixed last minute…
    lets see are we better than
    Sacremento no
    Clippers no
    Warriors no
    so unfortunately he is right, our roster is developing an no coach can really do anything with that any top coach wouldn’t even touch that right now as it stands.

  • He was actually traded to lakers and the deal got nixed last minute…
    lets see are we better than
    Sacremento no
    Clippers no
    Warriors no
    so unfortunately he is right, our roster is developing an no coach can really do anything with that any top coach wouldn’t even touch that right now as it stands.

  • Why does Lakersnation continue to post stories about what Charles Barkley says about us? Are they stupid or something? Gluttons for punishment? What ever it is something is wrong with this site.

  • Why does Lakersnation continue to post stories about what Charles Barkley says about us? Are they stupid or something? Gluttons for punishment? What ever it is something is wrong with this site.

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