On Sunday night, TNT analyst and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley blasted the Pacers for a poor performance in Game 1 against the Hawks.
“To come out and play like wussies the last month of the season, then get a fresh start and come out at home last night…I was disappointed…To come out and play like that…c’mon man, ya’ll better than that. They’re embarrassing Coach Vogel and the great Larry Bird. Shout out to the Atlanta Hawks for coming to play!” said Barkley.
At practice on Tuesday, head coach Frank Vogel declined comment, but several starting players reacted.
“That’s Charles being Charles. I didn’t take no offense to it. We know what we got to do,” said forward Paul George.
“I respect what he has to say, he’s a very nice guy,” said center Roy Hibbert.
“I don’t really read nothing or look at media. I just watch film with coach and that’s it. I don’t really get into it,” said guard Lance Stephenson.
The Pacers have a chance to prove Barkley wrong in Game 2 against the Hawks on Tuesday. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.