Charles Barkley does not think the Hawks will repeat as top team in the Eastern Conference.
Far from it, in fact.
Barkley, the TNT analyst, spoke on a conference call Monday as part of an ‘Inside the NBA’ preview of the upcoming 2015-16 season with Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal and Ernie Johnson.
Barkley offered the following insight when asked about the Wizards and their chances in the East.
“They can’t beat Cleveland, Chicago or Milwaukee. They will battle with Miami for the fourth spot. They have a terrific backcourt, I love [John] Wall and [Bradley] Beal but they have to hope Beal stays healthy.”
And then this – seemingly out of nowhere …
“Atlanta won’t be in the top five in the Eastern Conference.”
Discuss. Just keep it clean please.