Charles Barkley may have just found a great weight loss method.
The portly NBA player-turned-TNT commentator has vowed to fast until the Los Angeles Lakers win a game. The Lakers, who entered the season with high hopes as Kobe Bryant nears the end of his career, have stumbled to an 0-5 start this year, and looked pretty terrible doing it.
Barkley made the vow on TNT, but then may have backed off his plans.
“I’m not gonna eat another meal until the Lakers win a game,” Barkley said, but later added, “Let me re-think that.”
The vow turned into a joke among the TNT crew, who made a graphic of Barkley’s projected weight loss if the Lakers continue to lose. Barkley also heard it from his fellow TNT co-hosts.
“If they don’t win on Sunday I’m gonna be skinny,” Barkley said.
“You’ll never be skinny,” Shaquille O’Neal answered.
While the Lakers may be off to a terrible start, Kobe Bryant isn’t about to jump ship. Amid rumors that he is seeking a trade out of Los Angeles, Kobe said he remains 100 percent committed to the team where he has spent his entire career.
“I hear the chatter of ‘Kobe should ask out’ and ‘He should go and play for a contender in this latter stage of his career,'” Bryant told Yahoo Sports. “But that’s not what I do. I’m extremely loyal to the Lakers.”
“I believe in fighting through the tough times as well as enjoying the good times,” Kobe continued. “It’s my responsibility to get us to be the best that we can be. It’s important that we approach that on a day-to-day basis.”
If Charles Barkley follows through with his plans to go on hunger strike until the Los Angeles Lakers win, he may already be in trouble. The team doesn’t play again until Sunday, when they take on the 2-3 Charlotte Hornets.
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