Charles Barkley made like coffee and delivered a classic roast of the Knicks on Thursday night.
During TNT’s pregame show, Barkley heckled the network and apologized to viewers incessantly for airing the Knicks-Cavaliers matchup over the Pelicans-Rockets game that was in the same time slot. DeMarcus Cousins made his debut with New Orleans, and New York was trounced by Cleveland, 119-104.
On Monday, two days after the NBA voiced its displeasure with the Cavaliers for resting their “Big Three” on national television, the league sent a sternly worded memo warning teams will suffer “significant penalties” if they don’t provide notice before a player will sit due to rest.
“I just know the conversation gets a little bit more talked about when I’m a part of it,” James said. “If it’s somebody else, it gets blown up a briefly, it gets talked about a little bit, but it doesn’t have legs and it’s gone. But as soon as I’m involved it’s just a whole different situation.”
James, who has missed five games due to rest this season, made sure not to cross commissioner Adam Silver with his comments but questioned some themes of the memo.
“Adam is fantastic. I love what Adam is doing for our league, but I don’t see how [increased involvement from ownership would help],” James said. “I don’t understand why it’s become a problem now, because I sit out a couple games?”
Silver wrote in the memo he believes it’s wrong for owners to defer New Nike NFL Jerseys decision-making on resting players to others within the franchise, who may not understand Cheap Kids NBA Jerseys the impact it has on fans, sponsors, league reputation and “perception of our game.”