“Suns fans deserve better than they’re getting right now”: When Charles Barkley roasted Devin Booker’s team management for terrible arena facilities in 2016

Amulya Shekhar
|Published 11/06/2021

Charles Barkley is responsible for most of Inside the NBA’s greatest moments over the years. This rant about the Suns is a real television classic.

The Chuckster has never shied away from speaking his mind on live TV, even with millions watching him. Barkley retains his sense of humor at all times, and what makes this great is that he’s never afraid to laugh at himself.

Well, on this occasion, Charles Barkley put his former team, the Phoenix Suns, to the sword when they were in their 6th straight season out of the playoff picture. It was long enough for Chuck to go off about everything Suns-related, including the nachos in the stadium:

“I just feel bad, cuz that’s the reason I live in Phoenix – they’ve got the best fans in the world. They deserve better. They deserve better than you’re getting right now.”

“But come on man, the thing is, you know you can’t serve cold nachos. And the thing is, some places where you get good nachos they put jalapenos on top. But some, they put pickles on em!”

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Charles Barkley goes off on an epic rant about the Phoenix Suns

That part of the rant comes after Chuck, Kenny and Shaq derailed a conversation initiated by EJ regarding the Rockets vs Suns game on that night. You can take a look at the YouTube video below, for which we’ve got the entire hilarious transcript:

“They just fired a coach who didn’t deserve to be fired. Jeff Hornacek, come on man. Everybody wanna blame coaches in this league. But sometimes its just players and bad General Managers who get to fire several coaches before they realize that their GM’s the problem.”

“These guys, man, I just feel so bad. They just threw Jeff Hornacek under the bus, ran over him. Hang in there, Jeff, you’ll get a job with a real NBA team sometime.”

“Look at these empty seats, man! There’s the best fans in the world get to watch this fitness trash. Their top 3 scorers are out but they were no good when they had ’em.”

Kenny: Hey Chuck, how’s the popcorn in the arena?

Chuck: “Stale popcorn!”

Shaq: Hey Chuck, how are the hot dogs?

Chuck: Man with the hot dogs they’ve got to the hard buns. Appears flat, Kenny!

Shaq: What about the nachos?

Chuck: Oh, man! The cheese is cold! Old cheese Shaq! And the chips are stale.

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Kenny: What about the seats and the cushions in the seats?

Chuck: Oh man, they’re dirty seats.

Ernie had been valiantly trying to summarize the game in this midst, but even he went ‘Are we really gonna continue about this? How about the parking over there, Chuck?’

Chuck: Man, there’s plenty of parking. You can park right next to the arena. You can buy one of those seats right at the top and move right down by the center of the court. It’s that bad bro!

Kenny: Is it still sunny outside in Phoenix?

Chuck: Oh it’s colder than New York! It’s been raining for like the last few months.


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Amulya Shekhar

Amulya Shekhar

Amulya Shekhar is a sports junkie who thrives on the thrills and frills of live sports action across basketball, football (the American variant works too), parkour, adventure sports. He believes sports connect us to our best selves, and he hopes to help people experience sports more holistically.

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