Video: Kenny Smith documents Charles Barkley’s first encounter with Netflix
Retired NBA All-Star and now TNT analyst, Charles Barkley, is known for a lot of things. Whether it’s his penchant for gobbling up rebounds, getting into violent skirmishes (both on and off the court which also got him literally in the court), his sad forays into golfing, and an inexplicable fascination for Manu Ginobili, but one of the most notable and relevant is his hatred for technology and the modern world.
He’s a staunch detractor of analytics, or basically the usage of advanced metrics to determine what are the best line-ups to put out there on the floor at a given time, which players to pursue in free agency, or any other possible scenario you could think of.
“The NBA is about talent,” Barkley added. “All these guys who run these organizations who talk about analytics, they have one thing in common — they’re a bunch of guys who have never played the game, and they never got the girls in high school, and they just want to get in the game.”
Early this year, he gave his two cents on smart toilets, virtual assistants, and the controversial subject that is “net neutrality”.
And just a few weeks ago, we covered his thoughts as to why he’s always been leery about technology. Spoilers: People asking about money, apparently.
Sir Charles however, may be starting to turn over a new leaf, as an Instagram video shot by Inside the NBA co-host Kenny “The Jet” Smith shows him hunched over a computer and being taught how to use Netflix. The biggest hurdle? Signing in. The crowd, not surprisingly, erupts in triumph as he finally figures it out five minutes later.