After an epic career on the pitch, Charles Barkley is known for his commanding personality as a commentator. However, when the 59-year-old Hall of Famer decided to strain the basketball hoop world by going shirtless, Hurricanes’ Jim Larranaga eventually became a hero. It’s safe to say that not all heroes wear cloaks.
For those who don’t know, Charles Barkley previously joked that he would take his shirt off if the Auburn Hurricanes hit a few nights earlier. When Jim Larranaga caught the news, he certainly had an interesting take on it.
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How did Jim Larranaga clown Charles Barkley?
“I listened to Charles Barkley tell the CBS crew that if Auburn won, he would take off his shirt. And, I thought to myself, no one wants to see that, Charles Barkley.” said Jim Larranaga.
Barkley obviously has Auburn ties, having played for the Tigers for three seasons and averaging 14.1 points per game. So it’s safe to say he was a bit biased in his prediction. Auburn was a 7.5-point favorite over Miami, so like most people, Barkley was stunned when the Hurricanes easily dealt with Auburn. Miami dominated the Tigers, 79-61, to advance into the Sweet 16 and it appears Coach Larranaga and his team played with extra motivation thanks to Chuck.
After the game, Barkley was a good player about Jim Larranaga’s potshot and even heaped praise on Jim for the way the Hurricanes beat up his LSU Tigers. That being said, the March Madness is sure to get more interesting every day as the season progresses. Will we see the rise of the underdogs? Or will one of the favorites raise the silverware again? Remains to be seen.
Finally, Miami is poised to take on 11th seeded Iowa state in the next round. Will we see the favorite come through? Or is a fairy tale ride awaiting us? All speculation should be answered in the coming weeks.
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