Barkley doesn't make mistakes; mistakes make Barkley

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Barkley doesn't make mistakes; mistakes make Barkley

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

Bryant Gumble described it as a crime scene with blood splatter. Our editors thought someone had already taken a look at one of our new posts. Personally, we just had flashbacks of college physics exams. But boy is there a lot of red Xs on Charles Barkleys bracket.

It boils down to Charles Barkley knowing diddly about college basketball. But he wont admit it. The guys too proud. Its one of the reasons we can put up with him his blind arrogance is a thing of beauty.

His excuse? Choosing friends in the first round. Seriously.

It really doesnt count. Man, tell that to all the teams that were one and done in the first round. Were sure theyd be ecstatic to learn about this new rule.

Some bracketeers choose winners by team mascots, team colors, the regional weather, Ms. Cleo, etc. But leave it to Barkley to choose bros over common sense.

Not surprisingly, this isnt the first time hes used the First time doesnt count defense.

As a youngling he often failed pop quizzes because he didnt read the assigned chapters. Totally not his fault, however. He was out playing with friends instead of studying up.

Weve also stopped playing golf with Barkley since he constantly calls for mulligans and claim his first round of shots dont really count.

Lies. We dont play golf with Barkley. Were not that stupid. Also, we suck at golf.

When he got busted for a DUI? Clearly not his fault, and, according to the Barkley Rule, the first time you get busted for a DUI it doesnt count. So, in a way this never happened.

In fact, we might start using the Barkley Rule in everyday life taxes, dating, cooking, other bad decisions from a wild and irresponsible youth. Remember: If you screw up royally the first time, it doesnt count.

Moral of the story never choose your friends over teams you know are going to win. Friendships might come and go but the glory that is winning your March Madness pool lasts forever.

Report: Ainge wouldn't trade Nets pick for Butler, but would for George

Report: Ainge wouldn't trade Nets pick for Butler, but would for George

Will the Celtics part with the right to Brooklyn’s 2017 first-round pick in order to get a star before Thursday’s trade deadline? 

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Citing a pair of NBA executives, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News wrote this week that Danny Ainge’s willingness to trade the pick should be in doubt.

Sola named Chicago’s Jimmy Butler and Paul George as potential targets, adding that the C’s might include the latter.   

Wrote Isola: 

Two executives doubt that Ainge, who historically plays it close to the vest, would give up the Nets pick in a deal for Butler. However, Ainge might consider it in a trade for George, the Pacers-free agent-to-be who has expressed doubts over re-signing with the Pacers.

‘With Danny, no one ever knows what he might do,' said the executive. ‘He's one of the best. If he thinks he can make a run at the Cavs this season, considering all the injuries Cleveland has had, I can see him making a move.

‘Everyone is talking about Butler to Boston but Danny and Larry Bird go way back. Paul George could be the sleeper.’

This season, the 26-year-old George is averaging 22.3 points 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists a game. 

Blount on free agency: 'I definitely want to go back to New England'

Blount on free agency: 'I definitely want to go back to New England'

LeGarrette Blount knows where he wants to be for 2017. Ever since he re-joined the Patriots in 2014 following a short stay in Pittsburgh, the 250-pound back has been very open about how he wants to play out the rest of his career in New England. 

Those feelings haven't changed, even as he faces free-agency after having recorded the best season of his seven-year career.

"I just want to make sure that I go to this free agency with an open mind, knowing that I definitely want to go back to New England," he told NFL Total Access on Monday. "I love it there. I love the culture. I love the players. I've become close with a lot of the guys. Obviously you know how my running back group is.

"We'll cross that bridge whenever we cross it. On that point, I feel great. I'm in amazing shape. I feel like I could play 100 more years if I have to."

Blount finished 2016 with career-highs in attempts (299) yards (1,161) and touchowns (18). His ability to help the Patriots close games in the fourth quarter was notable throughout the course of the season, and he was among the most effective goal-line backs in the league. His 18 rushing scores are a franchise record.

Toward the end of the season, as Dion Lewis worked his way back into the Patriots offense, Blount had his workload cut into, and his fumble in the Super Bowl was a near-catastrophic moment -- his devastated reaction to which was caught expertly by NFL Films. But a big-picture view of Blount's year would reveal that he  posted the most prodictive "big back" season the Patriots have had in more than a decade.

Blount signed a one-year deal with the Patriots last offseason after seeing his 2015 prematurely ended by way of a hip injury. He turned 30 in December.