Hall of Famer Charles Barkley hopes – rather, “wants” – Kobe Bryant to remain in the fold of Hall of Fame. That’s why Barkley hopes the Los Angeles Lakers’ star would hang his shoes after this edition of NBA.
An aging superstar struggling on the court is a painful sight for Barkley, and according to him, for fans, too. He appeared in a SiriusXM Radio program to join Frank Isola and Brian Scalabrine, and revealed that he fears any extension after this season will see Bryant playing past his prime.
Charles Barkley sounded aggressive and candid about his views. He cited Patrick Ewing‘s struggle as a fact to build up his argument.
“Michael Jordan playing for the Wizards, that didn’t do anything for me. Kobe’s obviously not going to walk away from $30 million. This should be like a farewell tour, play 20, 25 minutes a night. The Lakers aren’t going to make the playoffs. Could he play some more? Yeah, of course. His best days are behind him. I hear these fools on TV, talking about, ‘Kobe’s going to get healthy.’ Old people don’t get healthy; they die. Old people don’t get healthy. Father Time is undefeated. … You can get in great shape in the summer, because you’re playing against air. Air doesn’t hit back,” said Barkley.
“I hope he retires, because I don’t want to see — I probably played two years too long. I hate to see Patrick Ewing, great as he was, struggle — I don’t like seeing great players just out there, you know?”