Kobe Bryant doesn’t take trash talk from regular critics lightly, so you knew he’d have a special reply for Charles Barkley.

Chuck told SiriusXM that he hopes Bryant retires.

“I hope he retires, because I do not want to see, I probably played two years too long I hate to see Patrick Ewing, great as he was, struggle. I do not like seeing great players just out there, you know? Michael Jordan playing for the Wizards, that did not do anything for me.

“Kobe’s obviously not going to walk away from $30 million. This should be like a farewell tour, play 20, 25 minutes a night. The Lakers are not going to make the playoffs. Could he play some more? Yeah, of course. His best days are behind him. I hear these fools on TV, talking about, ‘Kobe’s going to get healthy.’ Old people do not get healthy. They die. Old people do not get healthy. Father Time is undefeated. You can get in great shape in the summer, because you’re playing against air. Air does not hit back.”

Apparently getting wind of Barkley’s comments, Kobe used a cool video from the Milwaukee Bucks to show just how focused he is on blocking out the naysayers.


By Glenn Erby

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