Auburn Basketball isn’t known for a whole lot. Bruce Pearl is bringing some swagger back, but before his arrival, the only thing Tiger Basketball fans could harp on was the career of Sir Charles Barkley. Easily the best player in program history. Since his basketball career ended, he has made a career out of basketball analysis, arguments with Shaq and incoherent ramblings. While every rant is new top 10, this pep talk to Auburn before their Final Four matchup with Virginia is my favorite. Take a look:
Here are the parts that really need attention brought to them.
“My number’s retired at Auburn, my number’s retired in Philadelphia, my number’s retired with the Phoenix Suns” … Okay, Chuck. Humble brags only.
“I never won a championship. I have to live with that forever. You guys gotta chance to do that.” To do what, Charles? Also never win a title? You can’t use pronouns without first giving it some kind of meaning. Very mixed message he is sending.
“You guys don’t know how hard it is to get here.” Oh, they don’t? This man is really telling the first ever Auburn Final Four team that they don’t know how hard it is to get to the Final Four when they almost got upset the first round and then had to beat Kansas, UNC and Kentucky in consecutive rounds.
“Don’t take this thing for granted.” Isn’t it impossible for the underdog to take a game for granted? The Kentucky 38-0 team took their last game for granted, but Auburn isn’t even supposed to be here.
See what I mean when I say incoherent ramblings? I am sure Charles meant the experience and Auburn definitely needs to take it all in. They should be incredibly proud of the way their team has played and how they have fought and clawed their way to the Final Four. As for Charles, personally I would have just said the same prayer he did in Space Jam.