Charles Barkley Forgets He Forced a Trade to Rockets To Chase A Ring


I love Charles Barkley, but he’s chased a champion ring on more than one occasion.

Barkley was the large group of analyst who ripped Kevin Durant to shreds for choosing the Golden State Warriors in free agency — in large part to comfortably chase a ring.

Barkley said Durant was trying to “cheat his way to a championship” — forgetting that he forced his way out of Philly, in part to join a winner and chase a ring.

Barkley then forced a trade to Houston to form his own veteran big-3 — joining Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler on the Rockets.

Barkley was a guest on Doug Gottlieb CBS Sports Radio Show, and tried to convince the listeners that his situation was different.

I got traded to Houston,”  “I didn’t get asked to go to Houston. First of all, I never asked to go to Houston. So, that notion — I’ve heard that several times, that I was chasing a ring. I never chased a ring. I got out of Philly, because they were a bad organization. They traded the No. 1 pick in the draft, Brad Daugherty. So, I got traded to Phoenix. That was the only time I demanded a trade and wasn’t going to play anymore.

“But the Suns traded me to Houston. I wasn’t chasing a ring. I’ve never felt like a ring was — this ain’t like the mafia or Jerry Maguire where this thing completes. I was a heck of a player. I didn’t win it. I’m cool with that. I never played on the best team. But this notion that I chased a ring in Houston — they traded me to Houston. I never said let me go play with old Clyde, old Hakeem and old Charles Barkley. So, that’s actually 100 percent not true.”

At the time of his trade — Barkley bragged — “I called the shots. “ When push comes to shove, I think you have to stand up to the system.”

Barkley wasn’t a free agent and the gravity of his move at the time wasn’t as scrutinized as Durant’s.

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