Barkley speaks candidly about the road trip controversy.
Charles Barkley spoke about the road trip controversy during the broadcast of the 2023-2024 NBA regular season opener on Friday.
Road trips, where star players sit out the regular season to manage injuries, have been a hot topic in the 텍사스홀덤 NBA in recent years.
There are many different opinions on the subject. Some argue that proper management is essential for players who play long seasons, while others say that indiscriminate absences can make the league less interesting. There’s nothing more frustrating than a fan showing up to a game to see their favorite player only to find out he’s not available.
Even in the absence of a major injury, the NBA is constantly trying to find ways to make the regular season more engaging as star players miss time on the road. Some have even said that the regular season has lost much of its meaning.
This season, in particular, the league is taking a harder line against road games.
The league has instituted fines and penalties for teams that miss two All-NBA or All-Star players at the same time in a nationally televised game or in-season tournament matchup. The league has also instituted a requirement that players must play at least 65 games in the regular season to be eligible for individual awards such as MVP or All-NBA team honors.
With the regular season schedule somewhat stalled as road games continued, some NBA figures criticized the players. Charles Barkley, who is known for his outspokenness, has been a consistent critic of road games.
During his opening night broadcast, Barkley again criticized road games. His tone was that players are paid a lot of money and should be responsible. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was a special guest on the broadcast.
“I’ll talk to the players,” Barkley said. If you’re injured, obviously, I wish you weren’t playing. But you’re making $30 million, $40 million, $50 million, $60 million a year, you’re playing four times a week, you have the best nutritionists, the best medical staff, the best equipment. But they’re acting like they’re not. If you can play, don’t make excuses, just play,” he said.
Barkley’s strong criticisms have unsurprisingly been met with strong reactions from local fans. Road management is becoming increasingly sanctioned. But how much of the star power will be on the court this season?