TNT analyst Charles Barkley has long teased the residents of San Antonio over their weight, and he proved that he couldn't help himself with his latest comments. Recently, when commenting on the team potentially drafting 7'3" phenom Victor Wembanyama first overall, Barkley managed to get in a barb about the city.
Wembanyama is highly skilled for his size but also rail-thin, leading to some concern whether he'll ever be able to fill out his frame. Fortunately, Barley says we "wouldn’t have to worry about him being skinny down in San Antonio." Barkley evidently has faith that the city and its delcious cuisuine can work its magic.
While it's true that Wemby could stand to bulk up, stuffing himself obviously isn't the right way to go about it. Moreover, the Spurs have helped several of their young players make gains in the weight room, such as Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell, but they'll have their work cut out for them with Wembanyama.
Barkley's comments might backfire
I'm sure the team would be more than willing to take on that challenge if they landed the top pick in the upcoming draft. While Barkley loves to joke about the size of the people of San Antonio, how great would it be if the Spurs actually drafted Wembanyama and he quickly turned the team around, slight frame and all? That might make Barkley eat his words.
On the other hand, the Spurs, with Wembanyama, would likely play more nationally televised games. That means more TNT games and more of Barkley's weight-watching. Despite the teasing, Spurs fans would likely agree that the teasing would be well worth the tradeoff if it meant the Spurs became relevant again.
At the end of the day, Barkley's comments about Wembanyama and San Antonio were probably made in good fun. However, if the Spurs get the opportunity to draft Wembanyama, Barkley would be seeing a lot more of San Antonio and its citizens.