Charles Barkley rips Kyrie Irving: 'I've never seen a person so miserable'


Charles Barkley doesn’t seem to think Kyrie Irving is deep or complicated. Instead, the NBA Hall of Famer believes the mercurial Celtics point guard is just petulant. 

In an interview Wednesday with ESPN’s “Get Up,” Barkley lambasted Irving for his recent anti-media diatribes. “I don’t know him that well. He seems like a good kid. But I’ve never seen a person so miserable,” Barkley said. “To have so much success. To have the world in the palm of his hands. He’s gonna make $40, 50 million a year for the next 10, 15 years. He’s already won a world championship. He’s in the movies. But he’s got to be one of the most miserable people I’ve ever seen.”

Barkley hits at the hypocrisy of Irving, who says he never played basketball to be famous, and yet starred in “Uncle Drew” last summer and is slated to be featured in a film about a haunted hotel in Oklahoma City. 

“He’s got to be one of the most miserable people I’ve ever seen.”Charles Barkley had some words about Kyrie.

— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) March 6, 2019

Irving did not speak to the media Wednesday, likely because he missed the content against Sacramento with a thigh injury. He was in the lineup for the Celtics’ drubbing against the Warriors, scoring 19 points and netting 11 assists. 

Boston defeated the Kings and are now 10-2 without Irving this season. The Celtics’ west coast swing continues with a matchup against the Lakers Saturday night. No word yet on whether Irving will be back in action.