Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  19 responses

Charles Barkley Irks Knicks, Apologizes to Them

The New York Knicks — specifically, Mike D’Antoni and Donnie Walsh — aren’t just worried about surviving a series against Boston; TNT personality Charles Barkley has also been on their minds quite a bit, for which he’s sorry. Newsday reports: “Charles Barkley issued an apology to Mike D’Antoni and Donnie Walsh at halftime of TNT ‘s 76ers-Heat broadcast Thursday nightfor comments he made about D’Antoni’s job security before Game 2 of the Knicks -Celtics series Tuesday. ‘I have a rule; I try to always be honest and fair on TV,’ he said. ‘I screwed up the other night when I said something about Mike D’Antoni that wasn’t cool. I want to apologize to Mike D’Antoni and Donnie Walsh . When you’re on television, you should never talk about someone getting hired or fired. That’s inappropriate. I made that mistake. I want to apologize personally to Mike D’Antoni and Donnie Walsh. I’ve got a great respect for Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni. I want to apologize. That’s all I can do.’ During TNT ‘s pregame show Tuesday, Barkley criticized D’Antoni’s coaching and added, ‘That’s why they are going to have a new coach next year.’ D’Antoni got word of it via text message after the Knicks ‘ loss. Barkley has become notorious for his negative take on the Knicks, but according to multiple sources, this comment, especially with D’Antoni in the midst of a playoff series, infuriated several members of the hierarchy, most notably Walsh. D’Antoni, who has a year left on his contract after this season, has been under fire from the media about some of his coaching decisions and philosophies. There have been no indications that his job is in question.”

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  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    We were all thinking it.

  • riggs

    and thats why he IS going to be fired.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Come on, he’s a TV analyst, he’s paid to give his opinion on stuff like that. People seriously need to grow thicker skin. It’s not like CHarles Barkley has any say whatsoever in what happens to Mike “No D” Antoni.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Well he said what all Knicks fan hope and pray will happen. Yes, it wasn’t very nice but who cares? D’Antoni has no right getting upset; it’s not like he deserves to coach the team. Walsh is just mad because because he knows that ringless fat slob, Charles is right (for once).

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    *because he knows

  • Fat Lever

    Wow, is this the first time D’Antoni got defensive and it worked? Too bad for Knicks fans, it was off the court.


    THANK GOD I can watch the Knicks on MSG so I don’t have to listen to Sir Hypocrite.

  • paul

    D’Antoni needs to shut him up by winning the series. But what he’d rather do, it seems, is celebrate how well the Knicks are playing after they lose two games.

  • DeeDre

    He really had to apologize over this? As far as i was informed, these guys are hired to give their opinions and as long as they aren’t inflammatory or out of line, who cares what he has to say about the Knicks. He’s said worse things in the past that would make you want to watch Sportscenter the next mornin just to see if he got tagged for it

  • MookieBlaylock

    @ wayno, I lol’d haha.

  • MookieBlaylock

    No D Antoni. classic! ;)

  • bull22

    hahahahahahahahahahhahahahahha, dantoni and walsh got upset because neither has been extended and barkley may have helped put nail in coffin…. please NEW YORK, keep them both so we wont have to worry about them winning a title anytime soon, LOL!!!

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    I appreciate Chuck for doing this. Seemed like it was his idea to appoligize because he felt he was wrong – not because the network or anyone else told him to. It’s one thing when you are just honest and piss somebody off. It’s another when you can admit you made a mistake (even if 90% of Knicks fans and others agree with your comment).

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Why the hell are they worried about what a TV analyst has to say?
    Seriously? You’re gonna let that affect you?

  • Jono

    He’s just saying what we all think. It’s his job to say this crap.

  • fourthree

    Fat lever@10:24 FTW!

  • Ali

    Man I’m really getting tired of dudes retracking or backing off shi* they say. You said it F*** IT. Move on. This ain’t the first time Chuck has had to apologize about shi* he’s said on the air. TNT is getting to be a little to PC for me. Be true to yourself Chuck, stop f***in apologizing!

  • bull22

    @ali, yep.

  • izzy

    Chuck shut up,get the marbles out your mouth!!!