PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former Sixers great Charles Barkley was in town on Monday, visiting with another one of the teams in town, the Phillies.
Barkley visited with Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, who is coming off a weekend that included him having a beer bottle thrown at him by a fan. As Philadelphia Police continue to look for the man, Barkley commented on the incident.
The former Sixer is anything but outspoken and did not mince words about how he would want to see this situation play out.
“I’m just disappointed, very disappointed. I wish that, to be honest, Ryan could just get his hands on him and just beat the **** out of him. That would be the appropriate response,” Barkley said.
He went on to share his understanding of the Philadelphia sports fan. “It’s a great city. Great fans, very passionate, but there’s always going to be a couple of bad apples.”
Barkley also discussed the “bright” future of the Sixers and some of the trade rumors regarding the team.
“I wouldn’t trade [Jahlil] Okafor until I knew [Joel] Embiid was healthy and could play,” Barkley said via CSNPhilly.com. “If you got a chance to trade [Nerlens] Noel for [Jeff] Teague, that deal should have been already. I’m a big Jeff Teague fan. The Sixers definitely need a point guard and if you can get Teague for Noel that’s a no-brainer.
“As far as Okafor, I wouldn’t trade him before I knew Embiid could play — not just now, for the next year. Just because he plays in practice or Summer League, that’s not an NBA game. He’s got to prove he can stay healthy for 82 games.”