16. November 2022
Charles Barkley has spoken about the Brooklyn Nets- 'I wasted four years'.
The former NBA star turned analyst didn’t hold back when discussing the Nets, whom he coached for four seasons.
“I wasted four years of my life coaching the Brooklyn Nets,” Barkley said on the Dan Patrick Show. “They were the worst franchise in the history of professional sports.”
Barkley was hired by the Nets in 2010 and coached the team for four seasons, compiling a record of 51-91. He was fired in 2014 after the team failed to make the playoffs. Since then, the Nets have turned things around and are now one of the best teams in the NBA. They currently have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 42-20.
“They were the worst franchise in the history of professional sports” is a pretty strong statement from Barkley. It’s hard to argue with him given the Nets’ record during his tenure, but it’s also worth noting that the team has made massive strides since then. Either way, it’s clear that Barkley doesn’t have much love for the Nets.
“I wasted four years,” Barkley said of his time with the Nets. “They ain’t even close (to winning a title). They got no chance.” Barkley added that the Nets’ championship window is “almost over” because they don’t have the necessary pieces in place.
“They’re not gonna win the championship with the roster they got,” Barkley said. “They might win 55, 56 games, but they ain’t winning the championship.”
The Nets have struggled since the departure of star point guard Kyrie Irving, who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury. Irving’s absence has been felt on both ends of the court, as the Nets have struggled to score and have been porous on defense.
Barkley’s comments come as the Nets are in the midst of a disappointing season. After reaching the playoffs last year, the Nets have been one of the biggest disappointments in the NBA this season.