In classic Charles Barkley fashion, the NBA legend didn’t mince words when he declared that the Boston Celtics were destined to be this year’s NBA champions. In a lively segment on NBA on TNT, Barkley confidently proclaimed, “The Boston Celtics are gonna win the championship, guaranteed!”
Chuck’s calling it: “The Boston Celtics are gonna win the championship.”
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) December 5, 2023
Barkley’s prediction is backed by the Celtics’ strong performance this season. Currently leading the Eastern Conference with an impressive 15-5 record, the team has been on fire. Despite losing defensive ace Marcus Smart, the acquisitions of Jrue Holiday and Kristaps Porzingis have proven to be valuable assets. Both players have seamlessly adapted to Coach Joe Mazzulla’s system.
Jrue Holiday, renowned for his two-way prowess, has been putting up remarkable all-around stats. His contributions are a significant factor in the Celtics boasting the second-best defensive rating in the league. Although Kristaps Porzingis is currently sidelined due to injury, his presence has added another scoring option to Boston’s already talent-packed roster.
Charles Barkley emphasized, “He does not have to be dominant. He just has to be the best number 4 in the NBA,” referring to Porzingis.
The Celtics are hungrier than ever, especially after enduring several heartbreaking playoff exits in recent years. Barkley’s prediction of a championship win will undoubtedly fuel the passion of Boston’s devoted fan base, who have been patiently waiting for Banner 18 to be raised to the rafters for more than a decade.
While the journey to the championship won’t be without its challenges, those who bleed green continue to believe in their team, sensing something special in this year’s squad.