So it has begun already… This should a very dramatic Lakers season. Sound of in the comments… BAH! You know the drill.

Yahoo!: Charles Barkley is calling out Kobe Bryant again for dogging it.

Barkley criticized Bryant on Monday for the way he asked the Lakers to trade him, then for not appearing to give his full effort since owner Jerry Buss said he would consider a deal.

So when Barkley goes on the air Tuesday night for TNT’s season-opening doubleheader, he will probably have some strong words about Bryant for the second time in three years. He said Phil Jackson’s questioning of Bryant’s effort over the weekend was the “final straw.”

“What Phil Jackson said yesterday, that was like they’re at the point of no return now. There’s a point where you know you can make a marriage work, but what Phil Jackson said yesterday, that was the end of it,” Barkley said at a luncheon with fellow studio analyst Kenny Smith.

“That’s the one thing I respect most about Kevin Garnett. Even though he played on terrible teams, there is not a player in the last 10 years who played harder than Kevin Garnett. And that’s the one thing that disappoints me. Phil said that Kobe’s just going through the motions. … And if your coach tells you you’re just going through the motions, that’s pretty much the end of the straw.”

Barkley called Bryant “selfish” after Game 7 of the Lakers’ first-round playoff loss to Phoenix in 2006, after Bryant took just three shots and scored only one point in the second half while the Suns pulled away. Bryant told Barkley he was upset in some text message responses, then made a guest appearance on TNT’s coverage later in the playoffs to discuss the matter with Barkley on the air.

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  • laker4life23

    How many championships did he win? Oh ya 0, shut ur fat mouth Barkley or go fill it with a doughnut if you find that too tough.

  • foxxy

    HE REALLY HAS NERVE SAYING ANYTHING ABOUT KOBE…WASNT HE KICKING AND SCREAMING YEARS GONE BY ABOUT WANTING OFF THE SUNS TEAM,ONLY TO BE TRADED TO THE ROCKETS AND STILL DIDNT REACH THE MOUNTAIN TOP….HES GOT BALLS TO OPEN HIS MOUTH ABOUT ANYTHING!!!! WELL CHARLES…WE AINT TRYING TO HEAR YOUR GARBAGE CAUSE THATS ALL IT IS…TRASH!!!

  • Jimmy2

    Are you guys kidding me? Barkley’s trade demands was very unlike Kobe’s. Kobe calling out his teammates and the owner? Kobe dogging a Laker Franchise that just has a history of winning? Please! Kobe has some kind of Jordan complex! Jordan was #23 on the bulls and #9 on the Olympic squad. Now Kobe is #24 and #10? Is he trying to say he’s the next coming? Please. Barkley has every right to dog on Kobe, that’s what he does for a living and he makes great points. Kenny is also in agreement on this.

  • sportsphanatic