ESPN: Charles Barkley is no stranger to controversy, and it appears the Round Mound of Profound has done it again.
In a preview of the Western Conference finals, the TNT analyst said the current edition of the Los Angeles Lakers is the best team Kobe Bryant has been on.
“This is the best team he’s ever had … even counting Shaquille O’Neal,” said Barkley. “They had him and Shaquille O’Neal, and the rest were role players. But this team with Gasol … and Odom and Kobe, I think those three are better than Kobe and Shaq.”
Barkley’s studio cohorts ridiculed him, wondering how he could rank a team that has yet to win a single title ahead of the three-peating Shaq and Kobe squad.
Fortunately, we have a method to judge exactly how crazy Barkley is.
Last year I developed a formula that rated all 60 NBA Finals teams from 1977 to 2007 (since the NBA-ABA merger). We can plug in this year’s Lakers using the same system and see what they would need to do in order to outrank Shaq and Kobe.