"You’re Playing Against Scrubs!": Charles Barkley Throws Shade at Tyler Herro

Tyler Herro is off to a blistering start for the Miami Heat. Coming off the bench, he's averaging 22.4 points and 4.4 assists through seven games this season. But NBA legend Charles Barkley is publicly taking issue with Herro's comments last month that he's "in the same conversation" as superstars Luka Doncic and Trae Young. 

“I’m a big Tyler Herro fan, but just because they got the same numbers, those guys have to carry a team every night," said Barkley. "The second issue is he’s playing against backups. When you’re coming off the bench, you’re playing against backups. So, no disrespect, Herro’s a nice little player, but when you are the man, first and foremost, and also, the pressure with going to be the man is not telling anybody, ‘Hey, Tyler, come off the bench, shoot it anytime you want to. You’re playing against scrubs on the second unit.'”

Barkley tried to temper his comments by saying "I have no problem with him having confidence," but calling him "a nice little player" is not going to go over big with Miami Heat fans. 

"To try and say you're capable of carrying a team every night, that's a different mentality," continued Barkley. "Would they (the Atlanta Hawks) have made it to the Eastern Conference Finals with him (Herro) instead of Trae? No. HELL no."

Going into Tuesday night's game, Herro had the most points off the bench through a six-game stretch (132) in the last 25 years. Sixth Man of the Year candidate? Hell, yes, Charles. And Barkley would assuredly agree. 

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