49ers legend Jerry Rice wasn’t taking too kindly to Charles Barkley and his frequent criticism of the Warriors despite their win in the Western Conference Finals.
Let’s just say San Francisco 49ers all-time great and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice knows a thing or two about championship pedigree.
And on Thursday night, just before the NBA’s Golden State Warriors knocked off the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, 120-110, to advance to the NBA Finals and a highly anticipated matchup against the winner from the Eastern Conference, either the Miami Heat or the Boston Celtics.
Rice is understandably on the side of the Dubs, fully embracing the #BayAreaUnite trend that tends to encompass all teams from the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
So, not surprisingly, the Niners’ fan favorite is actively rooting for Golden State.
NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley, however, probably isn’t. And he didn’t earn himself any additional Warriors fans after going on a notable rant about the Dubs and their fanbase:
"I don’t think [Dallas is] the best team. I just cannot pick with the Warriors because I hate their fans. Their fans are obnoxious. I actually like the players on the team and the coaches, but I hate their fans. I’m pulling for the Mavs.I just want to see these people suffer. I want to see these losers suck. I do. I’m pulling for the Mavs because I’m rooting against these Warriors fans, they’re obnoxious and they’re a pain in the ass."
OK, so there are probably some annoying Golden State fans out there, and those who threw items at Barkley at the Chase Center in San Francisco during Game 2 aren’t doing anyone any favors.
Still, Barkley hasn’t endeared himself at all to Warriors fans.
And probably not Rice either.
Jerry Rice pulls ultimate troll job on Charles Barkley
Hours before Game 5’s tipoff, Rice had to back up both Golden State and its fans with a post only a G.O.A.T.-like player could pull off.
You know, flashing some championship-caliber hardware:
“Do you have any championship rings #charlesbarkley @nbaontnt ? Stop hating on the Warriors!!,” Rice posted on his Instagram with all four Super Bowl rings.
Yeah, nothing Barkley can do in response to that. And if we’re counting championship rings, the NFL world knows Rice has four.
Barkley, meanwhile, earned zero between his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets.
It’s almost reminiscent of that AT&T commercial some years ago, the one featuring NFL and NCAA legendary football players like Doug Flutie, Bo Jackson and Herschel Walker, all of whom were bragging about winning the Heisman Trophy to another 49ers legend, Joe Montana.
Except Montana shut that bragging session down awfully quick with the display of his own Super Bowl rings.
Now, let’s add Rice to the mix with his epic troll job on Barkley.