“Nice Little Player”: Charles Barkley Angers Heat Fans With Cheap Shot at Tyler Herro

Published 11/03/2021, 12:05 PM EDT
Oct 4, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) dribbles against the Los Angeles Lakers during the fourth quarter of game three of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Miami Heat won 115-104. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Miami Heat young gun Tyler Herro has been in a rich vein of form. The 21-year-old has anchored his side to a brilliant start, and they sit on top of the Eastern Conference. However, Herro has recently raised a lot of eyebrows with a statement.

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In an interview, the youngster claimed that he sees himself to be on the same level as the likes of Luka Doncic and Trae Young. While it was a brave statement indeed, he has drawn a lot of flak for the same.

Feb 10, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) defends against Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Although Luka Doncic is still young, he is well established in the league. On Tuesday, his franchise faced off against the Heat, but fell agonizingly short. Meanwhile, Trae Young has been performing pretty well in an otherwise average season for the Atlanta Hawks thus far.

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While he averages over 24 points in his career, Luka Doncic has been a star attraction for franchise and country. Thus, Herro’s comments came as a shock to many. The latest person not amused by his statement is top analyst Charles Barkley.

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Charles Barkley destroys Tyler Herro following Luka Doncic self-comparison

Former player Charles Barkley is now a leading analyst and insider of the league. Few days ago, rookie Tyler Herro claimed that he sees himself on a level playing field with Doncic and Young. Though his numbers have spoken for themselves thus far, the Heat guard was widely criticized for this belief. And now Barkley becomes the latest addition to the list. In a recent interview, the former 76ers marquee made his opinion felt.

HOBE SOUND, FLORIDA – MAY 24: Charles Barkley commentates from the booth during The Match: Champions For Charity at Medalist Golf Club on May 24, 2020 in Hobe Sound, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images for The Match)

“I’m a big Tyler Herro fan, but just because they got the same numbers, those guys have to carry a team every night. And first of all, second issue is he’s playing against backups,” laid out Barkley. “When you’re coming off the bench, you’re playing against backups.”

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“So no disrespect, Herro’s a nice little player, but when you are the man, first and foremost, the pressure with being the man is not telling anybody Hey Tyler, come off the bench, shoot it anytime you want to. You’re playing against scrubs on the second unit.”

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Former player Charles Barkley has clearly dismissed Herro’s belief. Yet, it is good to see that the rising star has such confidence. After all, he has begun the season brilliantly. Let’s hope he can keep it up and prove his worth.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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