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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  39 responses

Charles Barkley: Candidate for GM job in Phoenix?

Sir Charles says he’d listen to the Suns if they were to come calling about the opening in their front office, and already has some ideas about who to sign (or not). From the Arizona Republic: “It’s a wonderful time to renew old vows. ‘I don’t think it’s a good job right now,’ Barkley said. ‘But I would listen to the Suns because I love Phoenix. I would listen to Robert (Sarver) out of respect for working in Phoenix. But I’ll be honest: I would not re-sign Amar’e Stoudemire.’ That’ll get the owner’s attention. ‘I wouldn’t do it for three reasons,’ Barkley said. ‘One, his knees; two, his eyes; and three, he wants a maximum deal. Now, he’s a terrific player. Don’t get me wrong. But at this stage of his career he’s never been the best player on his team. That’s not a max player.’ It is a summer of great upheaval in the NBA. LeBron James could jilt the city of Cleveland, a move that would be cowardly and ignoble. Stoudemire and Joe Johnson could rejoin Mike D’Antoni in New York, a city that would scoff at being served Phoenix reruns. And if the right situation comes along, Barkley wouldn’t hesitate to bolt his comfortable chair at TNT in order to run his own NBA franchise.”

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  • http://leartalk.tumblr.com/ cramzy

    who else is down to start letchuckgethisgmon.com?

  • http://twitter.com/missu Missu

    Dats a turrible idea …

  • Sparty’s Law

    TNT’s ratings would plummet

  • LA Huey

    co-sign Missu. I’m w/ Chuck about STAT though.

  • Atrain

    If the NBA allows someone like David Kahn to run a team into the ground, Chuck should get a chance. Would miss him on TNT though…

  • Omar

    Not a good idea.

  • riggs

    NY would not scoff one bit at a phoenix suns re-tread. we would only demand steve nash or a nash-like pg to head it (imagine if the knicks actually landed chris paul like they were trying to do?)

  • ccantrell

    maybe chuck would be a good gm for the suns.. he sure knows what he is talkig bout with stoudemire

  • Conduit

    chuch would be a horrible GM..

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    I’d like to see how Chuck would do as a GM. I wonder how his previous comments would and have effected his relationships with players. Would they want to play for him more or less than any other GM? I agree with his comments about Amare and wonder if he’s really going to get a max deal. I don’t think Amare is worth the risk but maybe his advantage now is that teams that fail to get Bosh will ‘settle’ for Amare and be more likely to overpay him to keep Wade happy (if Bosh goes to chicago) or for NY to feel like winners with a JJ/Amare tandem.

  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    Amare has been the best player on that team, nash is nice and all but lets see how many other pfs would finish over the top of pfs and cs to get and ones.

  • http://twitter.com/flavaklav Klav

    Idk, if Donnie Walsh can fck up the Knicks for this long, and David Kahn can destroy the Minny franchise, I think Chuck won’t be that bad.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I support Chuck in whatever he does, but hes always sayin’- Until this tnt gig, I’ve never had a job.. He may be in over his head, Id rather watch him b.s.ing on tnt..

  • topo

    he’s pretty funny, but he’s an idiot

  • john

    can’t do any worser than more than 50% of the GMs in the league (Isiah <==B)

  • Bdub

    I wouldn’t hire him. Unless it was for a TV show. Agree with him regarding Amare. Oh and Tarzan finishing and1′s doesn’t make him a Max Player or the best player on that team. It makes him marketable yeh, but not MAX level.

  • chingy

    “turrible”

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    good one chingy.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Co-sign Topo.

  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    Bdub, I said that because amares play inflates nashs assists. Amare finishes some incredible plays. Nash was gettn what? 8 assists a game with dirk. Then he goes to phx to play with a guy who finishes damn near everything at the rim, and that makes steve an mvp but amare is just a product of the system? Gtfoh. Amare is a complete scorer, very consistent jumper. Yes he needs to play better d and get more boards. Nash is the product of the system, not amare. Nash could be replaced by deron, chris, baron, etc and the suns would have been better cuz those guys are lightyears ahead of steve on defense. Who could replace amare? No one

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Co-sign topo

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Where are u Jukai?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Since when was Steve Nash the product of “the system”.. Really Tarzan? Steve Nash IS and has always been… “the system”. “Nash could be replaced by Deron,Chris” understatement much? they are only the most talented young pg’s in the game. And btw, you could say the same thing about Nash in Utah or Nola.Remind me, how much better did thier squads do in the playoffs? WEAK arguement. And yes, Amare can finish with the best of em’ BUT dont get it twisted, Amare has regularly been on the recieving end of some of the most incredibly well timed/placed dimes
    in the history of the L. By the way when it counted the most in the playoffs against the Lakers, who was the guy that actully came up BIG hitting shots on Bynum, Gasol ect?

  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    Since nash got to phx, his numbers have went up, did he all of a sudden find some magic gatorde in the summer of 04? No, he just had the ball in his hands 100% of the time hes on the floor, pick w amare or kick to a 3 pt shooter, and push the pace, thats their system. When it all begins with him, his numbers are inflated, as opposed to dallas when they had a more varied offense. Best dimes in history of the league? Exaggerate more. Yes, those bounce passes of pick n rolls are nice, but steve isnt the only one who can do that, youre chugging that juice. My point remains, steve can be replaced, amare cant be replaced. Jazz were depleted all year, paul was out most of the year. And deron has taken his team exactly as far into the playoffs as steve.

  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    Steve is a GREAT shooter, that cant be denied. But overall, he is one of the most overrated players in nba history

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Tarzan, So your saying that Steve Nash is the the Canadian AI? In Dallas he was playing “Robin” because oubviously that was Dirks team. In true euro fashion, Dirk has always handled the ball exceptionally well for his size and (created His own shot ) oustide of the paint, much more so than most “pf’s” including Amare. Imo compared to Dirk, Amare’s game is less predicated on creating for himself, as it is on Getting fed for 15ft jumpers & finishing in the paint, where i’ll admit he does create with great post moves. But regaurdless of wheather or not Deron or Paul who are absolutely amazing ballers, could make those same plays, it still doesn’t change the fact that Amare needs a guy (like) Nash to get him the ball to do what he does. And c’mon Zan’ you know how Rare true pg’s are in this day in age.

  • http://sdfjkldfl.com Jukai

    Wow, so the ball goes in Nash’s hands every play… you know, just like Jordan and Bird and Magic and Lebron and Kobe and every other superstar who has the ball in his hands every play… and his stats go up? Astounding logic, Tarzan, you always come up with the absolute worst arguments

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Jukai, you know Nash is overrated, I have had this conversation with you before. The white media took adavantage of two years in the NBA to reward a guy with average numbers two MVP’s for being a good teammate, and because Amare got hurt and next year because he had similar numbers. That same team with Marbury running point almost put the Spurs out int he 1st round. Yes Nash is overrated, sad Nash has more MVP’s than AI, Kobe, Shaq and KG. At not any point was Nash better than Jason Kidd, Gary Payton or John Stockton in his career. Also please don’t let me pull out Nash’s achievements and stats for his career. Pretty sad when you look at it and I would take Kevin Johnson over Nash ANYDAY!!! BOOK IT!!!

  • Breeze

    Nash just winning 2 mvp makes me cringe especially the first one kobe should have received…I do agree with jukai on how a lot of great players have the ball in their hands all the time ..but I also agree with the suns plays a style of basketball that works for stevie..to be honest their both are good players ..but steve nash is total invisible on defense..and amare is no boards and no defense either…but the way the league is now..I think it will be much harder to replace a amare…we don’t have much big me who finishes half aswell..

  • http://www.oo.com.au Dacre

    Can we please do a sign and trade with stoudemire for Bosh??? PLEASSSSE?

  • Bdub

    Tarzan I’m not going to respond. Jukai and the and the Kreep summed it up nicely………..Weak argument.

  • http://www.oo.com.au Dacre

    I don’t know how to argue that Nash is a better player for the Suns than Amare is. Let me ask you this….. who has the greater rapport with the rest of the team Nash or Amare? I think if you were to let Nash go this season and bring in an allstar guard to replace him, you would have a worse season than if you were to let Amare go, and bring in an allstar forward to replace him. Amare isn’t a leader for the Suns, in as much as he plays the role of their most potent/powerful finisher. Swap Amare for Boozer/Bosh/Al Jefferson and look out for a return trip to the WCFs.

  • http://www.oo.com.au Dacre

    Lets expound on this by looking at the last guy to play the role of ‘recipient of Nashs sweet passes’ – none other than the MAtrix himself, Shawn Marion now if he’s fall from the “20 and 10″ world can be summed up by anything, it notably has to be mentioned that THE largest contributing factor is that he was no longer in PHX with Steve Nash.
    Amare could expect a similar effect and perhaps see a drop off in production elsewhere.

  • Bdub

    Oh and “the seed’ i see where you are going with that point. Nash is slightly overated but is still better than Amare. Also one might argue that Nash was most definitely better than Kidd this year…..PS: I’m not Canadian or a Suns fan.

  • http://sdfjkldfl.com Jukai

    The Seed: Of course Nash is overrated. There’s nothing one can do about that. Nash should not have won the MVP in 2004 or 2005 (although I do contend that he definitely should have won MVP in 2006 over Dirk) and because of his overratedness, people like you underrate him constantly.
    Your Marbury comparison, though, was insane. Marbury got swept out of the first round with the Suns. Nash made it to the conference finals. Nash woulda made it to the Finals without terrible Stern judgment and a referee working for the mob to get the Spurs to win.
    So, just look at Nash for who he is, without the MVPs, without the hype, but also without the hate.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Question, if Amare is “irreplaceable” then why is Bosh the most sought after PF in this free agency?

  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    All big men need a guard to pass them the ball. In 03 phx was spurs toughest comp. Marion was an allstar before nash. He left to mia and tor where he got way less minutes and played the 3, hes best using his quickness at the 4. He did well in dallas. In phx, he used to get 44 mins. Jukai, nash did win it over dirk in 06, he also won 05, who said a 6 seed kobe should have won? Hahaha. Kg won in 04. Not every superstar has the ball as much as nash. Certainly not kobe, lebron probably. Maybe chris paul, but not quite. Def not deron, he will never avg more assists under sloan than he does now cuz they run a diverse offense. Lol@suns fans who think refs and league cheated FOR the spurs, lol, pay attn, theyve done all they can to stop the spurs, joey crawford? And what happened in the rest of that series when everyone played? Right. And would the suns have beat jazz in wcf and pistons in finals? No and no. Pistons would have wiped the floor with suns in a sweep. Get lucid

  • JoeMaMa

    Steve Nash, as a point guard, shoots consistently over 50%…one year he shot 53%. Automatic from the line; a CAREER 90% shooter. 43% career from 3. Those numbers are INSANE. So he HAS to be guarded tight on pick and rolls, and let’s remember: the NBA is a pick and roll league. But he’s the BEST in the league at creating open looks for his teammates. Also, in a league that prizes winning above all else, he won his first MVP after leading a team from 29 wins to 62.
    And this year, with Channing Frye, Jared Dudley, and Robin Lopez as valued contributors, they lost to the NBA champs, in no small part because Ron Artest played the hero in a pivotal game 5.
    Steve Nash has his flaws, of course. But people who rag on him don’t know basketball. He’s a winner.

  • http://sportschump.net Chris Humpherys
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