Charles Barkley isn’t a stranger to making bold predictions. The Hall of Famer’s willingness to go against the grain is a large reason why his broadcasting career has become so popular.
Well, Barkley has found himself the subject of criticism for his recent take about Golden State.
Once Kevin Durant went down with a calf injury against Houston, Barkley said “The Warriors have no chance of winning without Kevin Durant. This series or any other series.”
Not only did the Warriors defeat the Rockets on the road to advance in the postseason, they swept the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals.
With Golden State coasting to its fifth-straight appearance in the NBA Finals, Barkley is under attack for his bold yet incredibly wrong prediction.
“The Warriors have no chance of winning without Kevin Durant. This series or any other series.”
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 21, 2019
Even with Durant out due to injury, the Warriors are showing no signs of slowing down.
Steph Curry is arguably having the best postseason of his career, Klay Thompson is doing an excellent job on both sides of the floor, and Draymond Green has re-emerged as a force for Golden State.
The Warriors will play either the Bucks or the Raptors in the NBA Finals.
Fans in Oakland will be curious to hear Barkley’s championship prediction.