When it comes to sports commentators, is there a much more enjoyable duel to dream up than Charles Barkley squaring off with Billy Packer?
The two of them have never minced any words in their respective sports, Barkley on the NBA and Packer on college basketball before he stepped away from the game just a couple years ago.
Now, with Barkley getting set to be a part of the broadcast team in this month’s NCAA tournament, their paths have crossed in entertaining and epic fashion. It started with Packer calling out the NCAA for not transitioning the tournament coverage to ESPN, even though he was a long-time CBS employee. It continued with Barkley telling Packer to stop being a jackass and to shut up and now it’s gone to the next level with Packer challenging Barkley to get into a room to debate college athletics.
That’s one debate I’d love to see.
Billy Packer joined 790 The Zone with Mayhem in the A.M. to respond to Charles Barkley’s rant toward him.
His response to Charles Barkley calling him a jackass:
“I have a lot of enjoyment about Charles and I really admire what he did as a professional athlete, get himself in shape, become the great player that he did. But if Charles Barkley wants to get in a room and debate intercollegiate athletics and college basketball, I would have no problem being in a room with him. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe it would be much of a contest and I wouldn’t have to call him any names.”