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Charles Barkley trolls Al Horford: 'When I was averaging his numbers, they made me retire'

Alex Reimer
April 16, 2018 - 12:40 pm

Charles Barkley has trolled the Celtics all season long. Earlier this year, the TNT analyst declared the C’s weren’t in the upper-echelon of the Eastern Conference

They went on to win 55 games and capture the No. 2 seed in the East without Gordon Hayward, who broke his ankle on Opening Night. 

Barkley’s unfair lambasting of the Celtics continued Sunday during halftime of their thrilling overtime win over the Bucks. Without Kyrie Irving, Barkely said he doesn’t think the Celtics will be able to generate any offense. 

“Those Boston players that guys talk about who are good players –– (Al) Horford, (Jaylen) Brown, (Jayson) Tatum. They have to cook their own meals now, Ernie,” Barkley said. “It’s not the same when you have a Kyrie out there, or Gordon Hayward who hasn’t been there. People don’t understand: everybody just can’t get the ball and say, ‘score.’ That’s what makes guys superstars or stars. Those guys have to get their own shots, and it’s not easy.”

While it was ugly for the Celtics at times Sunday, they were able to score 113 points in their Game 1 win. Horford, who scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds with four assists, was Boston’s best player on the floor. To quote WEEI’s John Tomase, Horford was “anything but average,” continuing his track record of showing up in the playoffs. 

But Barkley was apparently watching a different game. He put down Horford at half. “When I was averaging his numbers, they made me retire,” Barkley said.

For the record, Horford averaged 12.9 points per game with 7.4 rebounds this season. Barkley averaged 14.5 points per contest with 10.5 rebounds in his final season.

So OK, maybe Sir Charles has a point there. Still, Horford has continuously shown he’s a valuable contributor to the Celtics. He proved it once again Sunday, and will have to keep proving it throughout the series if Boston is going to advance. 

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