No wacky NBA story is ever complete until Charles Barkley weighs in, and Jan Vesely's kiss of his girlfriend at the 2011 NBA Draft is no exception. Vesely himself may be tired of all the attention the smooch received, but it was a kiss on live TV, dammit, and the news cycle will not stop until Barkley makes his opinion known.
Finally, Barkley has done just that. In a radio interview with Mike Lupica for ESPN Radio New York, Barkley said that the kiss was all about girlfriend Eva Kodouskova trying to prove a point.
"I like the fact that she was marking her territory. She wanted everyone to know that ‘this is my millionaire and nobody can have them.' I like that. Hey, millionaires don't grow on trees."
It's not an entirely original argument, since Bill Simmons made the same point in his draft diary. But let's be real: it's much more entertaining to hear it coming from Charles Barkley's mouth than Bill Simmons' keyboard.