During the pregame for Game 2 of the Celtics-Knicks series on Tuesday, Charles Barkley criticized the coaching of the Knicks’ Mike D’Antoni and said, “That’s why they are going to have a new coach next year.”
But during halftime of Thursday’s Heat-Sixers game, Barkley backtracked, saying it’s inappropriate to speculate on someone else’s employment.
“I have a rule; I try to always be honest and fair on TV. I screwed up the other night when I said something about Mike D’Antoni that wasn’t cool. I want to apologize to Mike D’Antoni and Donnie Walsh. When you’re on television, you should never talk about someone getting hired or fired. That’s inappropriate. I made that mistake. I want to apologize personally to Mike D’Antoni and Donnie Walsh. I’ve got a great respect for Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni. I want to apologize. That’s all I can do.”