Bradley Beal officially became one of the highest-paid players in NBA history after securing a massive $251 million extension with the Washington Wizards. It was a well-deserved extension for the three-time All-Star, who has not only established himself as one of the top players in the game today but also, has proven his unwavering loyalty to the Wizards time and again.

For his part, however, Hall of Famer Charles Barkley could not help but express a bit of envy over Beal’s big-money deal. Sir Charles hilariously shared his initial reaction when he learned just how much money the 29-year-old is about to earn in the coming years:

“Wow,” Barkley said on a recent episode of the Washington Football Talk Podcast, via Bijan Todd of NBC Sports Washington. “Let me tell you something. My mom—I love my mom, she passed away a few years ago. Every time I see one of those contracts, I want to drive to the graveyard and just snatch her up and say, ‘Why couldn’t you just wait a couple more years to have me?! Just a couple more years!”

That’s hilarious. What makes this so funny is you can easily imagine Barkley screaming at his mom’s tombstone in the cemetery as he utters these words to her.

All jokes aside, however, Barkley is proud of Bradley Beal and what he’s achieved in the NBA. Sir Charles was also able to put things into proper perspective as he expressed how blessed he still feels despite the major discrepancy in NBA salaries through the years:

“You know what? Bless these young guys,” he said. “Bradley Beal’s a hell of a player. I don’t ever want to be the old ‘Get off my lawn’ guy. I made more money than Bill Russell, he’s a much better player than me. I made more money than Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar], he’s a much, much better player than me. Hey, God bless them. It’s good work if you can get it.”