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Charles Barkley fires shot at NBA media over head coaching rumors: ‘Do your damn job’

Charles Barkley had a blunt message for NBA media on Wednesday night amid rumors the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns are poised to make coaching changes in the offseason.

Barkley, on TNT after the slate of playoff games were over, said Darvin Ham and Frank Vogel didn’t deserve to be fired from their respective teams. He said it wasn’t their fault that the teams played poorly and, instead, put the onus on the players and the executives that put them together.

The Basketball Hall of Famer told the NBA media to start telling the truth.

“Part of our job, we watch all the games, we watch all the talk shows, all of these people on television, they’re cowards because they want the players to like them,” Barkley said. “They don’t want to do their job, which is to tell the truth.


“And, I just want to say this about coaching, anybody who thinks the Lakers suck is because of Darvin Ham, or the reason the Suns suck is because of Frank Vogel, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Frank Vogel is a hell of a coach. Darvin Ham is a hell of a coach trying to get his career started.


Darvin Ham in Game 2 vs Nuggets

“But for all you punks, idiots and jacka–es on other networks who want to be media and who want all the players to like y’all, do your damn job. The Lakers suck and the Suns suck because of the players. It has nothing to do with the coaches.”

It’s unclear whether the Lakers and Suns will make coaching moves after disappointing seasons.

Los Angeles has been mixed up in rumors regarding the future of LeBron James. Multiple reports indicated he would be heading for free agency in the offseason, but he pushed back on that in posts on social media.

The Athletic reported that Ham could be fired “likely by the end of the week.”

Frank Vogel vs Timberwolves

The Suns mortgaged their future to build a big three with Devin Booker, Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal. But they fell way short of expectations. Vogel is said to be on the chopping block as well.

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