May 16, 2017
Last NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley endeared himself to hockey fans across North America. During his postgame analysis for TNT, after another NBA postseason blowout, Sir Charles admitted that he enjoys the Stanley Cup playoffs better!
“Speaking of a Zamboni, thank God for the NHL Playoffs.,” Barkley said. “That’s what I would be watching in the back instead of some of these blowouts.”
His comments got him invited to spend some time on the NHL Network to talk hockey and he spoke about getting into the sport when he first arrived in Philadelphia and falling in love with it.
“I started following hockey in ‘84 when I had never been to a hockey game, and Eric Lindros and Ron Hextall,” said Barkley. “Ron Hextall’s my favorite hockey player, so I’ve been a hockey fan since 1984 or ‘85 when I got to Philadelphia. And I’m not just saying this because I’m on the show, but the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they are the best thing in sports.
“I like guys who will fight. I don’t like players who are passive. When I played, I used to get mad at guys who don’t get mad. And when I was in Philadelphia for eight years, I went to a lot of Flyers games and Ron Hextall, you know he wanted to win, and that’s all I can ask out of any of my players. The fans know that guy wants to win. That’s why he’s my favorite hockey player.”
You can see the entire interview with the former 76ers great below: