Riley and her dad, Steph Curry. (Source: NBA/YouTube)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
The following is a commentary blog from FOX6 Sports Director Rick Karle:
I think you have to agree with me: These NBA conference finals series have not been the most nail-biting affairs. What with Golden State and Cleveland each leading their respective series 3-0, we sure could use an interesting sidebar. Well my friend, we have one, and it comes via NBA MVP Stephen Curry of Golden State.
Only in the midst of a blowout series will you find controversy in Steph Curry bringing his 2-year-old daughter Riley to the post-game news conference after game one of that conference finals series. How cute Riley was as she stole the show in front of the nation's media, a proud dad bouncing his girl on his knee? But there's one familiar name who is not fond of this practice, and his daughter was born a few years before he retired from the NBA.
Charles Barkley had a rare afternoon off on Monday, and he took time to tell me why it's a bad idea for NBA players to bring their kids to media sessions.
"Look", said Barkley, "these media people are under deadline. Many of them need to get their stories written or edited quickly, as many games end after midnight eastern time. It's not that I don't love kids, it's just that a child can take media and players away from what they are doing. It's not a big deal, but I don't think player's children should be in press conferences."
Barkley's daughter Christiana is now 25-years-old and works in advertising at Time Warner in New York City. Christiana was a toddler as Barkley played his last few years in the NBA. I asked Charles if he ever took Christiana to media events and he said no.
"No, never. It wouldn't have been a huge deal if I did, but I never thought about it," he said.
While Barkley's buddy Shaquille O'Neal takes the opposite side, insisting that family should be allowed, Barkley stands firm in keeping sessions closed to everyone except players, coaches and media.
So there you have it: Charles Barkley defending the media - who'd have thunk it?
My take? I see no problem in a player being accompanied by a son or daughter as long as they behave. It's a bit like going to church: you know when it's time to carry your child out of the sanctuary during the sermon. Perhaps the same rules should apply here.
Shaq says to bring the family into any post-game news conference while Charles says to keep them at bay. Can't we meet halfway?