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Wussies? Pacers not paying attention to Barkley

Wussies? Pacers not paying attention to Barkley



Charles Barkley believes the Pacers are “wussies,” his sanitized word for a soft team. The Pacers claim not to either know or care what he thinks.

Barkley made his comment on TNT’s nationally televised studio show Sunday afternoon in reference to the Pacers’ 101-93 loss to Atlanta the previous day in the opening game of their first-round playoff series. The top-seeded Pacers, who had struggled through the end of the regular season, trailed by as many as 20 points midway through the final quarter.

Coach Frank Vogel and guard Lance Stephenson said they weren’t all that aware of Barkley’s opinion, but Paul George heard it.

“Charles being Charles,” George said. “I didn’t take no offense to it. We know what we have to do. Chuck ain’t never been behind this team from the get-go. We know we have to play well.

“Larry (Bird) told that to us as well,” George added, referring to when Bird phoned a reporter and “declared the players “S-O-F-T’ following a playoff loss to Miami two years ago. We need to play bigger and get stronger and be more aggressive.”

Does Barkley’s opinion fire you up? George was asked.

“It fires us up that we took a loss – against a team we should have beat,” George said.

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Mark Montieth has more than 30 years of experience as a reporter, columnist, and feature writer for major media entities, and his work has been featured both in Indiana and across the country. This is his second full season contributing to Pacers.com, though he spent many years as the team's beat writer for the Indianapolis Star. Montieth also hosts a radio show called "One on One" on 1070 the Fan.

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