Charles Barkley rips Magic Johnson for tweet about Mike D’Antoni’s resignation
The outspoken Charles Barkley isn’t scared to give his opinion wherever he feels it’s warranted – and he doesn’t care if you like it or not. Chuck recently scolded fellow NBA legend Magic Johnson for a seemingly disrespectful tweet after former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni resigned.
Happy days are here again! Mike D’Antoni resigns as the Lakers coach. I couldn’t be happier! — Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 1, 2014
Barkley, a current TNT analyst, was less than impressed with what Magic had to say.
Per USA Today:
“Magic Johnson’s bigger than that. Magic Johnson’s bigger than that. Listen, Mike D’Antoni is a good coach. They didn’t give him a lot to work with. But Magic Johnson, he’s bigger than that.”
“The Lakers weren’t going to win with Phil Jackson, either, Ernie. They don’t have good players. … We know Phil Jackson’s arguably the greatest coach ever. The Lakers don’t have players, Ernie. They’re not a good team. Kobe Bryant is one of the 10 greatest players ever. He’s never going to be what he was. They don’t have good players. I’m not sure if Phil Jackson really wanted that job. The Lakers stink, and they’re going to stink.”
Magic never made it a secret that he dislikes D’Antoni’s style of coaching, so that gives him a bit of leniency for the tweet. Also, D’Antoni made a choice to resign. Either way, Barkley is correct. Kobe Bryant probably isn’t going to save the day this time, and the Lakers lack chemistry and depth. It will be interesting to see if a coaching change can really make all the difference in the world.