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Charles Barkley Says The Warriors and Lakers Are No Threats To the Top Western Conference Teams: ‘Ain’t Nobody Worried About Them’

LeBron James and Steph Curry will reignite rivalries of old as the Golden State Warriors take on the Los Angeles Lakers. Ashley Landis/AP/FILE

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors are playing decent basketball right now. But for Charles Barkley, the media needs to stop hyping them up.

In a segment of NBA on TNT, the ever-honest Barkley laughed at the notion that these two popular teams are “dangerous” in the playoffs against the top seeds.

I’m sick of these fools on other networks talking about the Lakers and the Warriors. We don’t brag about any other play-in team, do we? I understand Steph is great, LeBron is great; ain’t nobody worried about the Lakers and the Warriors in the West.

Man, nobody’s worried about the Lakers and the Warriors. They’re playing good right now, but let me tell you something. These teams in the West are not worried about the Lakers and the Warriors. We’ve been kissing these guys’ ass so much. We don’t brag about the No. 9 team in the East. They ain’t got no chance.

Charles Barkley on the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors

Unless the 1993 MVP doesn’t understand, the NBA is a business. That’s why it’s a requirement that sports networks talk about the two most popular teams in the league. Otherwise, people won’t tune in. The only difference is that Barkley had the guts to talk trash to them.

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Nevertheless, the Hall of Famer made his point. There are a lot of great teams right now in the West. The Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves, for instance, are complete, well-disciplined teams.

That said, the Purple and Gold showed last season that they are a handful to deal with in a seven-game series. They beat the No. 2 seed Grizzlies and the No. 6 seed Warriors before bowing out to Denver in a sweep. However, three of those games were decided by six points or less.

While the league should give media exposure to the other teams, it’s never a good idea to count LeBron James and Stephen Curry out.