If Anderson Varejao, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol aren’t on the All-Star team, it’s a farce. Anderson Varejao has been the best forward in the Eastern Conference this year. I mean of there mere mortals — I don’t count LeBron, he’s one of those aliens. But out of the normal human beings, Anderson Varejao has been the best forward in the Eastern Conference this year.
— TNT analyst and resident non-filtered voice Charles Barkley, Thursday night, when discussing the front court which should play in Houston for the 2012-13 NBA All-Star game. Barkley, at this stage, is merely echoing Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott who has been his center’s biggest supporter. It is worth noting that Barkley has a bit of a history when it comes to not being very kind to Cleveland with his commentary.