Jan. 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: TNT announcer Charles Barkley court side prior to the game between the Phoenix Suns against the Los Angeles Clippers at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Clippers 93-88. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Barkley says Miami Heat's three-peat hinges on Greg Oden


Let’s be honest here for a moment. While Charles Barkley was an insanely talented basketball player, he’s not exactly kept around on TNT’s ‘Inside the NBA’ due to his high quality analysis.

Barkley, who’s more show than actual knowledge took a dip into the crazy pool recently when he suggested that the Miami Heat’s chances at a historic three-peat hinges on the health of offseason acquisition, Greg Oden.

Per USA Today:

“I think that you saw the flaws in the Miami Heat last year, (specifically) their lack of size. And I think the key to me is going to be (free agent center addition) Greg Oden (who hasn’t played in a game since December 2009 because of knee problems). If he gives them physical size, it’s going to be very difficult to beat the team. But that’s their real weakness — size. Every big guy they play against just dominates them. I think it really, to me, it depends on what Oden has left in the tank.”

While I’m more than happy to agree with Chuck in regards to Oden being a serviceable help to the Heat, assuming he can play fifteen or twenty minutes a night, suggesting that he’s the key to their ability to win is a bit outlandish.

Yes, his added size will be a key benefit, but the Heat really didn’t have too many warts last season without Oden.

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