Charles Barkley is as good a talent as you’ll find in TV sports. As funny as he is on TNT/NBA telecasts, he’s not a clown. He knows the NBA and is able to impart what he knows.
Barkley also took part in a four-part documentary called “American Race.” It’s a dialogue about race with a variety of people from a variety of constituencies. You know what I like about Barkley’s work? He doesn’t purport to know all the answers. At times he looks awkward. He’s willing to. These aren’t easy conversations. But Barkley pursues them anyway….
▪ Couldn’t find a place to park at Harris-Teeter Monday because people left carts in two parking spaces. It could have been one person, but if somebody is too lazy to return a cart he or she is too lazy to take out two. If I owned the world, there would mandatory jail time for failing to return a cart. I know. When carts are outlawed, only outlaws will have carts. ...
▪ Game 7 of the Boston Celtics-Washington Wizards game was dramatic and entertaining. The beauty of a seven-game series is that an unlikely star will emerge. In this one it was Kelly Olynyk, whose name I can now spell without looking it up. Buy a vowel, no. Hit an outside shot, yes.
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The Dallas Mavericks took him out of Gonzaga with the 13th pick in the 2011 NBA draft and traded him to Boston. Odd draft. Anthony Bennett went No. 1 to Cleveland. Cody Zeller went fourth to the Hornets. The pick everybody missed was Giannis Antetokounmpo, who went 13th to Milwaukee.
Yes, I still have to look up his name to have even a shot at spelling it correctly. But he’s worth the effort.