Soon the conversation moved onto the Lakers, another favorite topic of Barkley's this season.
"Listen, I don't think the Lakers are going to make the playoffs," Barkley said. "There are three legitimate teams in the West: Memphis, San Antonio and Oklahoma City, and the Lakers can't beat any of those three teams."
Then came a detour through Brooklyn.
"The Nets are becoming like the New York Jets," said Barkley. "You all talk about the Jets all the time here like you all talk about the Lakers. The Jets stink and the Lakers are mediocre at best."
Speaking of the Lakers, next came a question about where Lakers center Dwight Howard would end up next season.
"You know, that's a great question," Barkley said. "I don't think anyone knows that. Dwight Howard is one of the more interesting guys that I've watched over the last few years in the NBA. I have never seen a guy who is such a terrific player and a really good guy make so many mistakes. You wonder who is around him. I've never seen a guy with more 'What-the-hell-is-he-thinking-moments.' It's crazy."
Talk of Howard soon moved to the relationship between Howard and Kobe Bryant.
"As I said before, I wish he would tell Kobe to shut the hell up and get off [his] back," Barkley said. "He has become a punching bag. He's a great player and a great kid, but I have never seen a guy do more bad will to his image in the last couple of years."
1) I cant believe he still thinks we wont make the playoffs
2) I cant believe he thinks Memphis is better than the Clippers
3) I cant believe he thinks we cant beat Memphis in the playoffs