TNT analyst Charles Barkley can always be found giving controversial statements in the media.
On a given night he can be found criticizing a player’s game, or even an entire team.
He’s been starkly against the Golden State Warriors style of basketball claiming they cannot win a championship, because they are a jump shooting team. He has also spoken out against analytics, and his beliefs that they don’t play as big of a part in sports as it’s made out to be.
Barkley is never short on giving his opinions on anything, so it is quite the surprise that he has never joined his TNT Inside the NBA counterparts, Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kenny Smith on 2K Sports’ acclaimed NBA2K basketball video game franchise.
The trio performs the pre-game and halftime shows, but Barkley has never appeared in a game as you see on television.
Although Barkley has given 2K Sports permission to add his likeness in the game as a member of the 1992 Dream Team only, he has refused for years to appear inside the studio.
According to Howard Beck, Barkley has plenty of reason to decline being featured in the game, and he gave a brief explanation why.
Barkley says his likeness is not in NBA2K because they declined his request that they give $ to retired players in exchange.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) October 18, 2016
There are no specifics on what retired players Barkley referred to, nor the amount he demanded they get paid.
Counting the list of retired NBA players, that is one expensive request which is understandable that 2K would decline.
2K fans will have to continue on without hearing digital Sir Charles’ opinions, rants, and seeing the overall Inside crew chemistry.