Calling Out ‘Harmful’ NBA Norm, Charles Barkley Once Dragged LeBron James and Michael Jordan Into “Stupidest Thing Ever” Verdict

Published 10/07/2023, 1:50 PM EDT

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Many basketball fans love watching the NBA for its ‘cut-throat’ competition between teams. Many also watch it for the immense talent and the incredible athleticism that NBA players show in the NBA games. However, another important aspect of the game is the heated debates that take place between fans who support different teams and different players. In these discussions, the better player always happens to be the one with more NBA championships.

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In a recent interview, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley talks about this ‘harmful’ NBA norm.

Charles Barkley’s verdict on the ‘Harmful’ NBA Norm

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In a recent episode of ‘The Dan Patrick Show’, the 76ers legend calls the ‘harmful’ NBA norm the “Stupidest thing ever.” He explains, “I always laugh…I’m not sure when it got to the point where it became more of an individual thing than a team thing. Unfortunately, people on television started this problem and it actually has become detrimental for the NBA.

Charles Barkley further adds, “Nobody told Michael Jordan after 4-5 years “You’ve got to get out of here…you’re not going to win a championship.”. So, things started getting crazy after LeBron. He started listening to all these rumors saying “You’ve got to win to be successful” and then he went to Miami. Then, it happened with KD (GSW Trade). So, it started somewhere back then but hey man, I’m pretty happy with my NBA journey.”.

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The NBA Hall of Famer gave this verdict after the host asked him if Barkley would prefer his own NBA journey over Robert Horry’s (seven NBA championships). Many, including Charles Barkley, are of the opinion that NBA championships matter but do not paint the ‘full picture’ of the caliber of a player.

Elite NBA players who never won a championship

Charles Barkley was one such player who never managed to win an NBA championship. However, he was a rebounding phenom who won many individual titles in his NBA career. Despite his comparatively smaller size, he played the ‘Power Forward’ position and gave tough competition to some of the strongest players in the league back then. During his 16-year-long NBA career, he won the coveted NBA Most Valuable Player in 1993 (he beat Michael Jordan for it). He is also a two-time Olympic Gold medalist and was part of the famous “Dream Team” U.S. Olympic team in 1992.

Another NBA legend who never won an NBA championship is Karl Malone. The Utah Jazz legend averaged an incredible 25 points a game and was the runner-up for most points in league history at 36,928. Malone was one of NBA’s best who never got an NBA ring.

Allen Iverson is another NBA Hall of Famer who, despite his incredible individual accolades, never won an NBA championship. In his 15-year career, he made 7 All-Star appearances and was a two-time NBA All-Star MVP. He is an Olympic Bronze medalist and also won the coveted NBA Most Valuable Player in 2001.

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To conclude, many have a similar opinion to Charles Barkley regarding the relevance of NBA championships being an individual statistic for a player. Players like Allen Iverson and Karl Malone are some of the most skilled NBA players of all time and their ‘greatness’ should not diminish because of never having won an NBA championship.

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What are your thoughts on Charles Barkley’s verdict on the ‘harmful’ NBA norm? Let us know in the comments below!

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Akhil Chakravarthy

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Akhil is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for more than a decade and represented his state at the National level. To hone his understanding of the inner workings of the game, he closely follows the analysis of popular NBA insiders and reporters like Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania.
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