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Charles Barkley Cheering For All NCAA Teams But UCLA, Mainly Because Of LaVar Ball

By Mon Carlo Basister
on Mar 19, 2017 04:49 AM EDT
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PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 03: NBA legend Charles Barkley speaks during half time of the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on March 3, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo : Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Whether you are the last seed or the top seed at the start of NCAA, you've got one more fan rooting for your team. Yes, TNT analyst and NBA legend Charles Barkley is rooting for all but the number 3 UCLA Bruins.

According to several reports, the many-time NBA All Star is openly expressing his desire of seeing UCLA lose right after March Madness kicked off. The reason? LaVar Ball.

CBS Sports are covering March Madness and Chuck was part of the four-man panel, where he is wearing Kent State's Canadian point guard Kevin Zabo. He later explained his antics for donning the jersey of the team that the UCLA faced.

"I got bitter, anger and animosity toward certain people affiliated, not the players, I love Steve Alford," Barkley explained. When further asked to elaborate the"Mr. Ball" that he's referring to, the former Olympian replied that he is referring to "the one who can't play" who averaged a measly 2 points per game. "He exploded to average of two points per game," he added.

The feud between Chuckster and Lonzo Ball's dad LaVar is a highly-publicized one. Sports World News previously reported the start of the Barkley-Ball conflict when the braggadocio father of the Bruins' combo-guard started his tirade against reigning MVP Stephen Curry, saying that his son is better than the Golden State Warriors long-bomb machine, where Barkley voiced out his opinion against his recent move that did not sit well with him.

According to the transcribed interview from USA Today's For The Win, he also bared his plans of wearing a jersey until Lonzo and the rest of his squad lose. He also believe that the camera will keep on following him (and later "rephrasing" it Ball being the one chasing the media exposure.

The match-up between the Golden Flashes and the Bruins didn't go in favor of Barkley as UCLA got the 97-80 victory over Kent State. ESPN stats show that Lonzo finished the game with 15 points, 4 boards, 3 assists and a turnover in 34 minutes of action. The guy that owns that jersey that Chuck is wearing came off the bench and finished with 12 points, 2 boards, 5 assists and 2 steals in 27 minutes.

UCLA will be facing University of Cincinnati on their next game. We can count on Barkley to wear some Bearcats jersey when that time comes.

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