Skip to main content

“A Man With A Thousand Moves” — Dominique Wilkins and Charles Barkley name their toughest foe

Charles Barkley and Dominique Wilkins were victims of the Torture Chamber.

There is no question that Dominique Wilkins and Charles Barkley are two of the best forwards in history. Their athleticism, smarts, strength, and will to dominate were too much for their foes to handle - on offense and defense. As always, there’s always that one player not even the most dominant could stop. For both, it was none other than Kevin McHale.

Too many moves

According to Wilkins, Kevin McHale became so difficult to stop that the league gave him an alias to describe him perfectly. Wilkins added that McHale responded well to contact and to double-teams. In short, he had a counter move to everything the defense threw at him.

Kevin Mchale. It got to the point when they were calling him ‘A Man With A Thousand Moves.’ You could not guard him one-on-one on the box. He had such great footwork and he did a great job at feeling the contact. And once he felt you, you were done. If the double-team came right away, forget about it,” Wilkins said.

Barkley, for his part, described McHale as one of his most formidable foes. Whereas Wilkins shared details about McHale’s offensive prowess, Barkley claims that the Boston Celtics legend gave him headaches on both ends of the floor.

My personal nemesis was Kevin McHale. He’s the best player I’ve ever played against. You could not stop him. On the other end, I had to use every ounce of energy I did to score on him,” Barkley said.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Torture Chamber

McHale was one of the Celtics legends who contributed to the franchise’s success in the 80s. Together with Larry Bird and Robert Parish, the three icons were regarded as the “Big Three.” This dismisses the perception that superteams were only formed in the modern era.

McHale wasn’t just any other player. The man literally won Sixth Man of the Year twice. When he became a starter beginning in the 1985-86 season, dropping 20 points per night was a hobby. At his best, McHale averaged 26.1 points per game on 60.4% shooting from the field.

Wilkins and Barkley were correct in their reading of McHale’s game. In fact, the three-time champion and seven-time All-Star took a lot of pride in his offensive game. So much so that he called his signature post moves the “Torture Chamber.”

Perhaps this is a great reminder to fans, especially the young ones, of one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history. It’s been fashionable to insert the likes of Wilkins, Barkley, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, and Karl Malone into the power forward GOAT discussion. We should also chuck in Kevin McHale because he is truly one of the best.

Doc Rivers outlines his expectations for James Harden this season

Doc Rivers expects James Harden to play like a "scoring Magic Johnson” this season

Rivers said he wants Harden to play like a scoring Magic Johnson this season and attempt to focus on being both a facilitator and a scorer for the 76ers this season

Skip Bayless on the 2022-23 Los Angeles Lakers and Darvin Ham

Skip Bayless makes a bold prediction about the Los Angeles Lakers and Darvin Ham -"Darvin Ham is a slam dunk to win Coach of the Year”

Bayless believes that if the Lakers win more than 50 games this upcoming season, that means that Darvin Ham would deserve to win Coach of the Year

Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom with Kobe Bryant

Lamar Odom reveals Kobe Bryant came to him in his dreams: "The afterlife ain’t what people make it up to be"

Odom has such a strong tie to his Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant that he talks to him in his dreams

shaq-julius-erving

“F**k Dr. J, you be Shaq.” - Shaquille O’Neal recollected how his father encouraged him to create his own identity

Shaquille O'Neal's father Phillip Harrison played a major role in shaping his basketball career.

Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson reflects on his college and NBA career while also sharing what Zion Williamson needs to do be dominant in the NBA: "I think Zion needs to dunk more"

We interviewed Larry Johnson and talked about his college and NBA career while Larry also shared what Zion Williamson needs to do to be dominant in the league and why Kawhi Leonard is currently his favorite player in the NBA

Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Doncic

“I was so nervous, I couldn’t even talk” — Luka Doncic recalled the time he met Cristiano Ronaldo

There was one thing Luka wanted to ask, but was too nervous to pull the trigger on his request.

Paul Westhead and Spencer Haywood

"I drove through the streets plotting the man's murder" — When former Los Angeles Lakers forward Spencer Haywood almost killed head coach Paul Westhead

Hall of Fame legend Spencer Haywood talks us through the night he plotted to kill his head coach Paul Westhead.