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A league-shaking trade brings with it some unavoidable controversy. Whether it be hot takes or rumors of situations on previous teams, the transition isn’t always pretty. That is the boat that the league-altering trade between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Clippers brings to us. On the NBA on TNT broadcast, the opinions and analysis from the crew involving legends like Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley were essential. And they did not disappoint.

Charles, in particular, had a lot to say about the future of the Clippers and how the pairing might work. Further, in typical Barkley fashion, the former 76er himself did not mince his words. Instead, he brought to attention the history of the newest Clippers superstar.

Charles Barkley calls out dubious history of The Beard

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During his tenure in the NBA, James Harden was largely seen as a loyal guy. Until 2020, he was all for Houston and the Rockets organization. However, since then, a quest for validation in terms of championship success has led to a severe downturn in his reputation.

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Forcing his way out of 3 consecutive teams, the culmination of those partnerships hasn’t been pretty. While the story in Philly is fresh, similarly ugly scenarios came to fruition in Houston and Brooklyn. In both cases, James intentionally played badly on the court en route to forcing a trade. However, what Barkley brought to focus was the start.

Despite the way, the story found its ending, the beginning at each spot was beautiful. In each instance, The Beard was gloriously complimentary of the new team, organization, and supporting case. After seeing a similar clip emanating from the Los Angeles camp, Chuck was quick to point to the past.

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All James’ relationships start the same, they just end badly.” 

With Charles not fully on board with the 2018 MVP’s newest bromance, are Charles Barkley‘s warnings for the team valid? Due to the complexity of the fit, the 60-year-old isn’t sure about the success of the newest super-team in the NBA.

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Charles Barkley’s doubts about the fit in LA

According to the former MVP, the team might find it hard to function as a coherent offense. Pointing to Russell Westbrook’s inability to shoot, along with their ball-dominant style, Chuck has real doubts about the team’s success.

Further, sharing the ball between Russ, Harden, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George might be a handful for the team. As a result, the questions for the team are aplenty. And, the dangerous West is going to offer a complex matchup at every turn.

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Charles’ analysis was so sound that even Shaq found himself agreeing with his assessment, a true rarity. With popular public perception against them, can Harden and the Clippers franchise turn their fortunes around?

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