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NBA legend wants Warriors fans to see him as Roman Reigns


Charles Barkley and the Golden State Warriors fan base clashed in the Western Conference Finals. But Barkley just wants fans to recognize him as WWE Champion Roman Reigns.

As the Warriors and Dallas Mavericks face off in the Western Conference Finals, the “Inside the NBA” team has covered the series.

During the broadcasts, Golden State fans mocked the NBA legend, but Barkley was unfazed by the fans. Barkley opened up about his relationship with Warriors fans during an episode of “The Ryen Russillo Podcast.”

“I hate their fans, and we have a lot of give and take, and I don’t mind as long as… people react to your opinion,” Barkley said. “You do what you’re supposed to do on TV. I mean, your job is to make sure people enjoy the sport.”

Barkley thinks his job on TV is to elicit a reaction and make Warriors fans recognize him as if he were Roman Reigns.

“I hope you have good games, but when you’re an announcer or an analyst – whatever I am, I’m not sure what I am – you want people to respond to what you say. So , whether they booed me or cheered me on as long as I’m like Roman Reigns, as long as they recognize me, I’m doing my job.”

While Barkley may not want the fan reaction in Game 1, he got a response. The 11-time All-Star is no stranger to wanting fans to recognize him.

After the events of Wednesday’s Game 1, Barkley may have no problem getting Golden State Warriors fans to recognize him.

Charles Barkley asked Golden State Warriors fans to recognize him with his onstage antics

Charles Barkley had a reaction from the fans during their pre-game.
Charles Barkley had a reaction from the fans during their pre-game.

On “The Ryen Russillo Podcast,” Charles Barkley made it clear that he wanted a fan reaction, so he doesn’t care how that happens.

On the pre-game show for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, Barkley upset Warriors fans by showing his support for the Mavericks.

Barkley’s endorsement of the Mavericks led to a back-and-forth night between the 11-time All-Star and San Francisco fans.

If the opener is any indication of things to come in Barkley’s relationship with the fans, Charles will get plenty of recognition before the series ends.


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Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein