Barkley said he was called fat early in his career, which ended up being a positive for him. So, perhaps this was more of a motivating message than a criticism.
This isn’t the first time someone has brought up Embiid’s weight. Embiid’s foe Andre Drummond also uttered the other F-wordwhen describing Embiid a few years back. Of course, it wasn’t wise:
It’s always a treat to get Barkley’s take on these types of situations. An A-list guest if there ever was one.