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Tully Corcoran

Tully Corcoran spent seven years covering the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas Jayhawks for The Topeka Capital-Journal. His work has been honored multiple times by The Kansas Press Association. He most recently wrote for FOX Sports Houston and FOX Sports Southwest. Follow him on Twitter.

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This is not quite a groundbreaking ethos from Charles Barkley, but in a radio interview in Philadelphia he said he he prefers dumb players to smart ones

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“I always tell people, give me a dumb guy that can really play,” Barkley said Tuesday on CBS Radio. “Don’t give me no smart guy.”

The context of that quote was a discussion about statistical analytics, which Barkley views as window dressing.

The Philadelphia 76ers, who drafted Barkley, recently hired Sam Hinkie, who built his resume in Houston under Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who is basically Bill Brasky for the basketball analytics crowd.

“When did Houston get good?” Barkley asked, rhetorically. “When they went out and paid James Harden all that money and (Omer) Asik, and now they went out and got Dwight Howard. That’s got nothing to do with analytics, that’s got to do with paying really good players to come to town.”

That’s a little bit of an oversimplification about how Houston’s roster was assembled. Morey’s idea all along has been to use his extensive and secret (magical) analytical machine to stockpile assets that could, in theory, keep the team competitive until the time came to flip those assets for a superstar.

The whole idea was to build a contending team without ever enduring the traditional “stink bad enough to get the No. 1 pick” seasons.

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Bird, Jordan and Magic are among our top 10 players in NBA history.

The Rockets appear to have one of the strongest rosters in the Western Conference right now and some see this as a manifestation of Morey’s brilliance. Others, like Barkley, see a team writing big checks like everybody else.

What, exactly, that has to do with the intelligence of individual players is less clear, but Barkley sees some kind of a connection.

“You know I don’t believe in that analytical crap,” Barkley said. “If LeBron James couldn’t spell cat, I want him on my team. I always tell people, give me a dumb guy that can really play. Don’t give me no smart guy.”

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