Think NFL players are the only ones who put "bounties" on opposing players? Think again. During a recent radio interview with Dan Patrick, Charles Barkley admitted that the same kind of practice goes on in the NBA. And, to drive the point home, he admitted that he once put a $5,000 bounty on a player from another team in the middle of a game.
"One time," Barkley said, before refusing to reveal who the player was. "I can't tell you that...I can't incriminate myself...We were getting beat by 30 points, back in my Philadelphia days. I'm a firm believer, if a guy shoots a three, you knock his ass as far in the stands as you possibly can. We were getting beat by 30 or 40, I can't remember. This guy was shooting threes and running up and down the court. I said, 'Hey, we've got to hurt that guy right there.'"
The Round Mound stopped short of revealing whether or not the bounty was actually carried out. But, even if it was, we're sure it came in the form of an elbow to the throat or a knee to the groin and not in the form of a helmet-to-helmet hit that knocked a player out of the game. So, we're not nearly as surprised to hear that bounties exist in the NBA. Now, David Stern on the other hand...Well, we'd just expect a call from the Commish, Chuck.
[via Eye On Basketball]
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