Charles Barkley: Ja Morant Should Be The Rookie Of The Year By Far | Sports Takes & News | TooAthletic.com
If you’re on sports TV or radio and you want pure, unfiltered, and possibly ridiculous commentary on an issue effecting the NBA today, sometimes the easiest answer is to just pick up your phone and reach out to Charles Barkley. The guy ran his mouth when he played in the league and has continued to do so in retirement, making him one of the most entertaining broadcasters in basketball and one of the best interviews on the planet. Dan Le Batard must have been having this exact thought while looking for an outside opinion on Ja Morant versus Zion Williamson for the rookie of the year vote, because Barkley was exactly who he called. True to form, Barkley had an opinion ready for the giving.
“Ja Morant should be the Rookie of the Year by far… Zion Williamson looks terrific, but he’s only gonna play thirty games, Ja Morant is gonna play the whole season and if he can make the playoffs that would be like incredible, because nobody expected them to make the playoffs,” Barkley said. “If that little kid can get them to the playoffs, he should win Rookie of the Year going away.”
Ja Morant may not like being called a little kid, but he probably doesn’t mind the rest of the praise being heaped on him by Barkley. Charles’ point is correct as well, there’s just not enough Zion can do in the limited time he is going to spend on the court to warrant giving him the ROY award. Morant is a good and worthy candidate, and after the full season deserves to take home the hardware. You want to win season awards, you gotta play the season.
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