Just over a week after receiving a chilly reception prior to Bulls/Heat Game 3, TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley will return to Miami for coverage of the NBA Finals.
This will be the third straight year Barkley and Smith have contributed to NBA TV’s coverage of the NBA Finals.
However, in the previous two years, Barkley and Smith were present for Games 3, 4 and 5.
This year, Chris Webber and the reportedly outgoing Kevin McHale will cover Games 3 and 4 from Dallas, and, if necessary, Games 5-7.
Barkley was roundly booed during TNT’s pre and postgame coverage of Bulls/Heat Game 3 May 22, which took place outside American Airlines Arena amongst the fans. TNT moved its studio coverage indoors for Game 4.
Barkley has been routinely critical of the Heat since the team acquired LeBron James and Chris Bosh last summer.
(Information from Turner Sports)