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The Warriors Aren’t Contenders Anymore According to Charles Barkley: ‘The Team Is Cooked’

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Charles Barkley thinks the Golden State Warriors are falling off. This is due to their superstars growing old. Thus, the team cannot recover from more unreliable situations by falling back to their usual saviors.

The Warriors Aren’t In The Running For Charles Barkley

The analyst fires shots at the Warriors on NBA on TNT. This makes the Warriors’ tumultuous month even worse.

Not only is Klay Thompson underperforming for the team, but Draymond Green is getting into a lot of trouble for his physicality.

He doesn’t hold back and instantly goes into the meat of the issue: The team is “cooked,” according to Barkley. The 60-year-old thinks the team was cooked last year, as well.

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However, their top point guard’s stellar playing helped them get out of the rut with a 50-point outing. This was during the Warriors’ first-round game seven against the Sacramento Kings.

“As I told y’all, this team is cooked. They got away last year because Steph went crazy in game seven. Sacramento should’ve beat them.”

Charles Barkley

Not only that, but the team is slowly growing old. With Curry at 35 and Green and Thompson at 33, they’re slowly going to fall off from their peaks.

“Steph, he gon’ start slowing down too. They got a old team. Everybody slows down. He’s not gonna be able to continue to do that.”

Charles Barkley

He even goes as far as to say that the Warriors aren’t contenders this season.

“This team is cooked. They’re not a contender.”

Charles Barkley

Ultimately, it’s nothing personal for the analyst but rather his opinions. This especially becomes important when factoring in injuries and how they become more and more career-ending the older an athlete is.

“When you start getting hurt, and he’s been hurt the last couple of years, that’s when you know age starts taking over. When you’re young, you never get hurt.”

Charles Barkley

Not Everyone Agrees

His take contrasts Andre Iguodala’s thoughts on the team, who thinks Curry can carry them to another ring. Even Green believes they can win two more championships before they fully fizzle out.

Additionally, some comments under the video disagree with his take. One even harkens back to LeBron James hitting 30 and how he would slow down. That post did not age well.

However, their start to the season has been rocky. The Warriors are 8-10, ranking 10th in the Western Conference.

Yet, there still might be hope, considering Curry is one of the best point guards in the league.

The team’s turnovers have also slowly stabilized, thanks to Chris Paul.

Do you think the team won’t be a contender this season?