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Charles Barkley calls out Lakers and Heat after first-round exit in the playoffs

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Charles Barkley didn’t mince his words regarding the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat after their first-round playoff exit.

The Lakers and the Heat faced each other in the 2020 NBA Finals in the Orlando bubble last October, but couldn’t make another deep playoff run this season.

“That bubble basketball. It was a bunch of bubble gangsters. That don’t count. Bubble gangsters don’t count,” Barkley said during his appearance on The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz, via Clutchpoints.

Miami got swept by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round (4-0), whereas the Lakers lost to the Phoenix Suns (4-2).

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