When Charles Barkley proclaimed in an interview with the New York Daily News that he was rooting against the Nets in their pursuit of the 2021 NBA championship, there might have been plenty of reasonable justifications for that preference.
James Harden’s push to get out of Houston was, to say the least, inelegant.
Kyrie Irving has lost more than a few admirers in his puzzling journey from the clever Uncle Drew character to the edge of the flat Earth.
Barkley, though, he is bothered by the Nets’ assembly of those two and Kevin Durant into the latest NBA Super Team.
“I’m rooting against all super teams,” Barkley said. “I’m old school.”
Is he old-school enough to have cheered against the original Super Team?
Because this did not begin with LeBron James taking his talents to South Beach to help Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh carry the Miami Heat to four consecutive NBA Finals. The NBA “Super Team” era did not begin with guys who grew up doing the Mikan Drill.