LaMarcus Aldridge had just stepped off the court after a domineering performance over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night. Portland Trail Blazers fans were justified in chanting "M-V-P" at Aldridge after he poured in 31 points and snagged a staggering 25 rebounds, plus two steals and two blocks.
Naturally, TNT sideline reporter David Aldridge wanted to talk to LaMarcus after the game, and not just because they share a last name. After asking him about the epic performance and his team's strong effort, the reporter lowered the boom with an assist from Hall of Famer and TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley.
In Barkley's opinion, as relayed by his TNT colleague, though Portland is "a good team, he's not sure a team that shoots jump shots can make it to the finals or do damage in the playoffs."
LaMarcus replied with both grace and aplomb—the only safe way to respond to comments by Barkley—saying through a smile, "Charles talks trash about everybody. You know? I mean, our team is winning now. It's still early, you know?"
Even though he should have just stopped after the word everybody, Aldridge continued his fantastic night by rejecting Barkley's barbs. After all, Barkley never won a title, and the Blazers are atop the Western Conference at 19-4.
In fact, there is some reason to think that Barkley is just jealous of the big night from the Blazer and wanted to rain on his parade.
Aldridge with first 30-25 night in Blazers history. The second player to do so against #Rockets since '85. Barkley 34-26 as Sun in '95.— Nick Mathews (@Nick_Mathews) December 13, 2013
This also is not the first time an NBA star has refused to listen to what Chuck has to say.
Carmelo on Barkley comments: "I don't listen to that guy."— Peter Botte (@PeterBotte) October 29, 2013
Sometimes listening to Barkley just makes people mad.
Caron Butler told The Jungle that Barkley’s comments about Clippers were a “slap in the face,” “shock television.” http://t.co/AGpjaGJLAw— Jim Rome (@jimrome) April 19, 2013
That's just "turrible."