Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal have been critical of Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid throughout the playoffs, most notably during the team's 36-point loss in Game 5, in which Embiid finished with 13 points, six rebounds and eight turnovers. At the time, Barkley said of the 25-year old center, “He walks around like he’s on his death bed. He drains the energy out of the team."
Embiid reacted to the criticism prior to Sunday's Game 7, telling reporters:
“Charles, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about sometimes. He just be saying whatever he wants to.”
Naturally, Embiid's comments were addressed during Sunday's taping of Inside The NBA. Barkley maintains that Embiid is a "hell of a player," but says anybody upset with the criticism he dishes out can kiss his ass.
“I’ve always said he’s a hell of a player. If he can stay healthy he’ll be one of the greatest ever – IF he can stay healthy. But listen, I’m going to criticize guys if they deserve it. And they can kiss my ass if they don’t like it.”