Charles Barkley is never afraid to share his opinion, even when he’s not on the set of Inside the NBA. The Round Mound of Rebound was recently asked by USA Today Sports about the Miami Heat‘s chances of pulling off a three-peat. As always, Barkley gave a candid response, but his answer will definitely surprise some people:
“I think that you saw the flaws in the Miami Heat last year, their lack of size. And I think the key to me is going to be Greg Oden. If he gives them physical size, it’s going to be very difficult to beat the team… You saw last year, where first of all they shouldn’t have won the championship — San Antonio just flat out blew it — but you see how Roy Hibbert, Tim Duncan had flashbacks. When they play against big guys, man, they just get dominated.”
While some people can’t stand the NBA hall-of-famer’s antics, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s pretty accurate with his basketball assessments. While I agree that Oden could make a big difference for the Heat, I just don’t think he will. This guy has been on the shelf for years and it’s because his body can’t handle the stress of a job in the NBA.
Size was Miami’s kryptonite last season. If the Pacers had more talent around Hibbert, they would have eliminated the Heat. I also agree with Barkley that the Finals were more about San Antonio not winning, than Miami winning.
The bad news for the Heat is that reports have just surfaced regarding Oden’s health. Apparently he’s already being held out of practice because of swelling in his left knee. Miami might just want to keep him on the bench until late in the season and hope that maybe he can give them an edge in the playoffs. There’s no way he’s playing in even 50 games this season, let alone all 82.