San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks Will Decide Rivalry Edge in Playoffs

January 1st, 2011 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Charles Barkley seemed to confuse himself as much as he did TNT viewers Thursday night.

He followed up another endorsement of the Dallas Mavericks as the best team in Texas by attempting to commend a prominent coach whose name he could not remember.

"What's the name of the Rockets coach?" he asked fellow studio analysts Kenny Smith and Chris Webber.

"Rick Adelman," Smith and host Ernie Johnson said in unison, each with a chuckle.

The gaffe prompted Barkley's colleagues to cackle, and it ranks as the chief reason to take his declaration of Dallas' superiority with a grain of salt. There are plenty of others.

In 2007, when he barked that the Mavs' big men needed to punish the Golden State Warriors "midgets," how did that work out for the Chuckster, or the reigning conference champs? Weeks later, even after the Spurs took a 3-1 lead on the Jazz in the Western Conference Finals, he proclaimed Utah would "still win the series."

Lesson No. 1 about the Spurs-Mavericks rivalry: nothing gets decided in December. If Barkley's premature statement should be ignored, so too should the result of Thursday's match between ...

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