Charles Barkley calls Heat and Lakers “Bubble Gangsters”

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By MacBell

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 30: Charles Barkley provides commentary after Game One of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors on May 30, 2019 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Charles Barkley recently appeared on “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.” While on the show, he emphasized that the Lakers and Heat trips to the Finals last year weren’t legitimate.

He clearly stated that he thinks last year’s playoffs, and most importantly the finals, don’t count. He said,

“That bubble basketball. It was a bunch of bubble gangsters. That don’t count. Bubble gangsters don’t count.” “I’m not counting the bubble.”

Charles Barkley

This isn’t just Charles’ opinion. Many people have questioned the bubble and whether it was a legitimate title or not. With the Heat and Lakers struggling this year, these criticisms have only grown louder.

The Heat and Lakers met in the finals last year in the bubble. The Lakers won the matchup 4-2, claiming their franchise’s 17th title. Their long stay in the bubble also resulted in an extremely short offseason. This could be one reason for their struggles this year.

This comes after the Heat and Lakers both made first-round exits in the playoffs this year. The Lakers struggled mightily with injuries all year, losing LeBron James and Anthony Davis for major portions of the season. The Heat didn’t have the same injury issues, but they never looked the same as they did in the bubble.

The Lakers faced the Suns in the first round this year and lost the series 4-2. The Heat were swept by the Bucks this year on the other side of the bracket.

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