Charles Barkley Can’t Be Serious About L.A. Lakers Not Contending

Charles Barkley is a funny man. Both funny and wrong, I should say.

As we all know, the Los Angeles Lakers' recent five-game winning streak came to an end against the Denver Nuggets. Most would interpret such a loss as a minor bump in the road, a rough patch even. Especially after the team had just won five consecutive games.

But not Sir Charles.

Instead, Barkley saw it as an opportunity to unleash (via Arash Markazi of on Hollywood's finest:

Charles Barkley said Thursday he never thought the Lakers' "super team" was going work and doesn't believe the Lakers are a championship contender. 

“They’re old, slow and unathletic,” Barkley told Mike Hill and Mark Schlereth on “Mike & Mike” on ESPN Radio. “I have great respect for Kobe Bryant but I never thought this thing was going to work. Everybody went crazy when they won a couple games in a row but they’re old, slow and unathleltic. 

"I said that when I broadcasted their game about two or three weeks ago. They’re not a contender. Everybody wants to go crazy but they’re not a contender. Never start a conversion with, ‘There’s help on the way from a 39-year old.’ That’s never a good way to start a conversation. There’s help on the way, but he’s 39 years old. It’s not going to work. They’re not a contender.”

Now, Los Angeles may be considered the Land of Make Believe, but who's the delusional one now?

I understand that the Lakers currently sit below .500 and are outside of the Western Conference's early playoff bubble. But do we honestly believe that they won't contend for a title? Can we, in good conscience, deem the Lakers incompetent and thus incapable of winning?

Absolutely not.

No, Barkley shouldn't take Los Angeles' recent winning streak as a sign that it's a legiti...

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