What’s happening in the sports media world tonight?
Dwyane Wade told us on Twitter that he got some good news Monday. But no one could have anticipated this.
Joining forces with Charles Barkley on TNT?
Is everyone forgetting the way that Barkley has treated Dwyane Wade over the years, to the point that even Wade’s buddy (LeBron James) and wife (Gabrielle Union) had to step in and talk back?
I mean, just click on this history of the Barkley/Wade feud.
And that feud has gone beyond Wade. Barkley has never ceased taking shots at the Miami Heat. He didn’t think James should have signed with them. Then he said James should go back to Cleveland. Then he said the Cavaliers title meant more than the Heat title.
And on and on and on.
Now, suddenly, Barkley and Wade are teammates.
Dwyane Wade's new job with Turner includes Tuesday TNT studio for games starting in January and studio for CBS and TNT Final Four, among other things
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) October 22, 2019
And of course, Shaquille O’Neal — whose relationship with Wade has been hot and cold since O’Neal forced his way out of Miami in 2008 — is Wade’s teammate again now too.
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) October 22, 2019
But now, what’s gotten into Barkley? He’s not just making jokes at Shaq’s expense in favor of Wade — saying that Wade carried Shaq to the 2006 title, but he’s praising Wade’s heir apparent as the Heat’s featured 2-guard.
Charles Barkley just said Tyler Herro wins ROTY this year 👀 #MiamiHeat
— Austin Konenski (@AustinKonenski) October 22, 2019
But here’s the thing: Barkley didn’t just start liking Herro. The Basketball Hall of Famer is also part of Turner’s NCAA Tournament coverage, on which he is forced to fake it most of the time. He was, however, high on Herro prior to Miami drafting the Kentucky freshman. Very high.
Charles Barkley: “Tyler Herro to me is the guy that makes [Kentucky] go…He’s the guy that makes all the big shots. He’s got, what we would say in the old days, swag."
— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) March 22, 2019
Herro calls it drip.
Barkley liking the Heat now is such a stunner that it will take some getting used to. With Wade classing up Turner, and Paul Pierce still polluting ESPN’s studio shows with his terrible (sorry Charles) takes, we know where we will turn first for NBA analysis this season.