FTW – Barkley said via Bleacher Report: “When a guy steps over you, you have a moral obligation to punch him in the balls. Because that’s really disrespectful to step over a guy. You’re supposed to pop him in his junk if he steps over you like that.” The Warriors players and Ayesha Curry spent much of Sunday mocking James’ sensitive reaction to Green’s trash talk. Green has been at the center of controversy throughout the NBA playoffs, but this time, Barkley sided with the Warriors forward. He went on: “That’s a perfectly fine response. You got to act like you didn’t try to do it; I will admit that. When somebody steps over you, they’re doing that intentionally to rub it in your face. They’re deliberately trying to punk you in that situation.”
He’s not wrong. Even when AI majestically stepped down over Tyronne Lue I don’t think anyone would’ve called foul play if The Answer received a little love tap to the dickens. It’s one of the most intentionally disrespectful things that can happen on the court. And that’s one of the billions of differences between how today’s game is played as opposed to Chuck’s days in the ’90’s. If, say, Charles Oakley would’ve pulled this stunt over Barkley then Sir Charles would’ve Falcon Punched/Johnny Cage Uppercutted some nuts to the moon. It only seems right.
PS – Don’t ever try to punch Barkley in the dick or you’ll get eaten alive. Or break your hand on the iPad in his pants. Same thing. Great illusion nonetheless.