If you come at the king you best not miss, and Charles Barkley is unquestionably basketball royalty.
A fan learned the hard way this week not to get on the wrong side of Barkley.
On Wednesday night, the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks faced off in the opening game of their Western Conference Finals showdown.
The NBA on TNT crew was on hand for the festivities, filming live in front of an audacious Bay Area crowd. Barkley started things off with a bang, declaring he didn’t like the city of San Francisco. Understandably, the fans on hand felt some type of way about that.
At one point, a troll Warriors fan got under Barkley’s skin enough to prompt this response:
— tino (@tino_lopez9) May 19, 2022
To be clear, Barkley definitely loved engaging in a back-and-forth with the Warriors’ fans. This video in particular largely speaks for itself:
Chuck really said “let’s go Mavs” in front of Dub Nation pic.twitter.com/MPPE3HD3tw
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 19, 2022
Barkley is always one to keep it real. Whether he is trying to kill Skip Bayless or explaining why he is no longer friends with Michael Jordan, he generally maintains that honesty is the best policy.
Justin Verlander responded immediately. https://t.co/Dw0kOhMYW7
— Game 7 (@game7__) May 19, 2022
This exchange with Warriors fans was just par for the course.
If recent history is any indication, this probably won’t be the last time over the next few weeks that Barkley gets into it with Warriors fans.