INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — TNT analyst Charles Barkley had some harsh words for the Pacers after their disappointing performance in Game One vs. the Atlanta Hawks.
“I’m an Indiana fan because of everything [they] stand for,” Barkley said, “but to come out and play like flat wussies… and I’m only calling y’all wussies because I don’t want to get the FCC pissed off at me…. They’re embarrassing coach Vogel and the great Larry Bird.”
At Monday’s practice, the Pacers said they don’t need any extra motivation or urgency to put on a better performance Tuesday night, but they all heard Chuck’s criticism.
While Pacers head coach Frank Vogel declined to comment, a few of the guys weighed in.
“Chuck’s never been behind this team from the get-go,” said Paul George. “We know we got to play well. Larry’s told that to us as well. We were playing soft. We need to start to play bigger and get stronger, be more aggressive.”
“Everybody’s entitled to their opinions,” added Roy Hibbert. “Charles is a really nice guy. He bought me dinner in New Orleans during the All-Star game, so I respect what he has to say. He’s a very nice guy.”
Game two is Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Fieldhouse.