Charles Barkley: Candidate for GM job in Phoenix?

by June 30, 2010

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.”