Talking on TNT’s Contained in the NBA, Charles Barkley weighed in on John Beilein’s departure as Cleveland Cavaliers head coach.
Charles Barkley has by no means been one to chew his tongue.
And when it got here to John Beilein’s resignation from the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Corridor of Fame ahead felt compelled to weigh in.
Showing on TNT’s Contained in the NBA studio present previous to the nationally televised matchup between the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night time, Barkley made some extent to share his ideas on Beilein’s premature departure. In doing so, the 11-time All-Star took intention at Cavs gamers, who he stated tried to get Beilein fired throughout his time with the staff, which finally lasted 54 video games.
“I need to name out the Cleveland Cavaliers. I believed what they did to Coach Beilein was ridiculous, unprofessional,” Barkley stated. “I believe the veterans on that staff weren’t leaders. I believe the younger guys who cannot play suppose they’re higher than they’re they usually tried to get that man fired.”
Arriving in Cleveland after 40 seasons of expertise teaching on the faculty degree, Beilein’s first NBA season was seemingly outlined by the disconnect between himself and his roster.
In December, Joe Vardon and Sham Charania of The Athletic reported that Cavs gamers had been pissed off with the 67-year-old Beilein’s teaching fashion and lack of knowledge of the NBA recreation. One month later, the previous Michigan head coach was the topic of one other controversy, wherein he apologized to his gamers after stating that they had been enjoying like “thugs” in a movie session. Beilein maintained he meant to say his gamers had been enjoying like “slugs.”
On the time of the “thugs” mishap, each Barkley and hs TNT colleague and fellow Corridor of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, defended Beilein. On Thursday, “The Spherical Mound of Rebound” shared the same sentiment.
“I am so disgusted by these gamers making an attempt to get that man fired,” Barkley stated. “John Beilein is a hell of a coach and I believe he is a very good man. However for these gamers to complain about, ‘We’re working towards too laborious. We’re watching an excessive amount of movie’ — as a result of they stink. As a result of they stink I simply did not suppose that was truthful.
“When a coach is improper, I’ll name him out. However when gamers are improper, I’ll name them out and I am disgusted by what the Cavaliers did to Coach Beilein.”
Regardless of his messy exit, Beilein nonetheless returned to Cleveland on Wednesday to present the Cavs a closing tackle — a transfer which has seen been publically lauded by the staff’s veterans.
“Simply seeing him being susceptible and treating us with respect and empathy, I believed it was tremendous highly effective,” Kevin Love stated.
Barkley, nonetheless, stated that if he was Beilein, he would have dealt with his farewell in a different way.
“I’d have went out swinging,” Barkley stated. “He ought to have stated, ‘Y’all a bunch of rattling losers, I am glad to get the hell out of right here.'”
The Cavs enter the post-All-Star break laying declare to an Japanese Convention-worst 14-40 report.