Charles Barkley is many issues: A Basketball Corridor of Famer, a former NBA MVP, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and, as he reminded everybody on TNT on Wednesday evening, a large hockey fan.
Barkley has talked about his fandom for the game earlier than quite a few occasions, which he says started within the 80s.
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As such, he was known as upon to assist christen TNT’s new hockey protection — and rapidly had some enjoyable at Hockey Corridor of Famer and new studio analyst Wayne Gretzky’s expense. The duo talked about Barkley’s hockey fandom, as Chuck gave the crew a hearty welcome to the community.
When the dialog turned to physicality and combating of their respective sports activities, Barkley rapidly modified tunes to take some good-natured pictures at Gretzky: “The Nice One” bought into solely two fights in his illustrious NHL profession, each of which had been over 30 years in the past. It wasn’t Gretzky’s combating potential, or lack thereof, that Barkley poked enjoyable at. It wasn’t even essentially that Gretzky misplaced.
It was to whom he misplaced, and his hair model:
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Gretzky misplaced stated battle to Neal Broten in a 1982 sport between Gretzky’s Oilers and Broten’s North Stars (then primarily based in Minnesota and now Dallas’ crew). Barkley was fast to level out Broten’s perm which, it being the ’80s, wasn’t a completely unsurprising look. Gretzky was an excellent sport about it, acknowledging the humor of the state of affairs and even including some background data: He had simply been honored as Sports activities Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Yr earlier that day and, whereas within the penalty field, seemed over and did the very Canadian factor, apologizing to the American Broten.
To not fear although, as Gretzky ultimately bought the final phrase vs. Barkley throughout the first intermission of Wednesday’s Rangers-Capitals sport on TNT.
It was teased throughout the pregame festivities, however as soon as the primary intermission hit, Barkley bought in web and needed to cease 5 pictures from Gretzky. He opted to not use any pads, and took an unconventional strategy that finally paid off for Gretzky:
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The published was TNT’s first, and the tandem of Barkley and Gretzky bought rave critiques. Given Barkley’s hockey fandom and the very fact he is an integral a part of the community’s protection of the NBA, do not be shocked to see Barkley again within the NHL studios earlier than lengthy.