Audio: Charles Barkley On Manti Te'o: We Can't Just Be Making Up Words When Somebody Is a Damn Idiot

Audio: Charles Barkley On Manti Te'o: We Can't Just Be Making Up Words When Somebody Is a Damn Idiot

Sir Charles Barkley was a guest of Mike Missanelli on 97.5 the Fanatic yesterday afternoon and it was a truly awesome 20 minutes of radio. Chuck was in town to call the Sixers-Spurs game on Monday night for TNT, so the two talk quite a bit about that. But as always with Charles, the topic of conversation was wonderfully all over the place.

"I love these people. I came here as a little teeny bopper and played here for eight great years. It was great to be back and see the excitement in the building," Barkley said of being back in town, despite complaining of the frigid temperatures.

Some highlights below.

Would he work to re-sign Andrew Bynum?

"No. I can't give him money. He's been hurt. First off all he's a very good player, I don't know him, but he seems like a nice kid. You can't stay healthy. He's only going to get older and even if he came back and played great for the next two months, I still wouldn't give him $100 million. Now, if he's willing to take one year and put some incentive bonuses in there, I'd consider that. I can't give him a longterm deal."

Would other teams give him a longterm deal?

"No. I don't. The guy can't stay healthy. Would you give him $15 million dollars?"

On Dei Lynam tying his tie… [video]

"Oh, no, no no. I know how to tie a tie. Dei was apologizing to me for her father trading me. See, her dad traded me. So every time Dei sees me, she goes above with her kindness because she feels bad her dad traded me away."

On Chip Kelly…

"I don't think anybody can like or dislike it. We've got to see is he going to run that offense that'll get his quarterback killed? That'll be the question. We've already almost killed RGIII. You're going to get your quarterback hurt if you run him that much.

On Ray Lewis turning into "Saint Ray"

"I'm a big Ray Lewis fan. You have to admire the guy as a football player. All this crying and stuff is starting to aggravate Chuck a little bit. Let me explain why, and I've said the same thing before. I don't like when guys start talking about God because God don't have no favorite team. I'm pretty sure God likes Tom Brady. You won because your team played better. I said the same thing last year about Tebow. God don't like Tim Tebow more than he do other players. I always get a little upset when guys talk about God all the time."

And perhaps his best line of the whole interview, in regards to Manti Te'o:

"I'm going to say some racial stuff right now. And it's not racist, but you've got to listen to me. It's different when you're black and when you're white. If you're black, you're a cook. If you're white, you're a chef. If you're black, you're a gang member, if you're white, you're in the mob. If you're black you're a stone damn idiot, and if you're white y'all give it names like 'Catfish' now. Y'all can't just be making up words when somebody is a damn idiot, man. When somebody is a damn idiot y'all have to call him an idiot."

Charles also touched on his friend Lance Armstrong talking on Oprah, went further in depth on Manti's story and how it worked to his favor in the Heisman voting, and Tiger Woods wanting to get back together with his ex-wife, and Chuck also talks about how awful he has been at betting NFL football games the past few weeks. It's worth your time to listen to Sir Charles preach. Full audio here.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Point guard Joel Embiid? Sixers' big man works on leading break

Point guard Joel Embiid? Sixers' big man works on leading break

CAMDEN, N.J. — Toward the end of Sixers practice Monday, Joel Embiid participated in a fast-break drill … by himself.

Embiid brought the ball up the floor in a one-on-none situation against members of the Sixers' coaching staff. 

He's already showed off his three-point shooting skills and now he’s running the break? 

“I’ve always thought I was a point guard,” Embiid joked. “So that’s something that I want to do.”

In all seriousness, Embiid worked on his ball-handling skills during his two-year rehab from foot injuries. It’s not that he wants to become an unconventional point guard, it’s that he is striving to be an all-around threat. Embiid focused on recording his first assist, as an example, during the preseason. 

“I think I’m a complete player,” he said. “I think I can do everything on the court. Doing that shows I think it can help my team, too, in other aspects.” 

With running the break comes attacking the basket in traffic. It could be an anxious moment for a coach to watch a player fresh off two years of foot injuries to drive in a crowd. Sixers head coach Brett Brown said he has to be past the feeling of holding his breath whenever he watches Embiid do so. 

“We are so responsible with how we use him and play him,” Brown said. “It’s like us with children. They go out for the night. You’re nervous, but they go out for the night. He plays basketball for a living, and so he plays. We’ve just got to keep putting him in responsible environments and monitoring his minutes.”

As a point guard, T.J. McConnell appreciates Embiid’s skills, especially given his size. 

“To the people that try to pick him up when he brings the ball up the floor, good luck,” McConnell said. “It’s pretty incredible to see.” 

Robert Covington watched Embiid practice his ball handling during his lengthy recovery. He has seen improvements and likes the dynamic it creates for the team on the break. 

“His handle is really tight and then he’s really strong with it as well,” Covington said. “We’re very comfortable with him pushing the ball.”

That being said, Brown isn’t about to anoint Embiid into a point-center role. He knows Embiid’s desire to be active all over the court, but just as he’s said he doesn’t intend for Embiid to become a go-to three-point shooter, he also wants Embiid to focus on his true position. 

“Joel likes to be a player,” Brown said. “He wants to be a guard. He wants to shoot a three. He wants to be a post player. He wants to play. And we all have seen enough to think he actually can. 

“There are times that he rebounds and leads a break, we want him being aware of get off it, get it to a point guard more than not. I don’t mind him coming down in trail if he’s got daylight, him shooting some. He’s got a wonderful touch and I’ve seen it for two years. 

“... All over the place, I want to grow him. I’m not just going to bucket him up. I still say, like I say to him, 'At the end of the day, you’re a seven-foot-two post player. Post player.'”

Watch Embiid running the floor here: