Its future in doubt, the freewheeling ‘Inside the NBA’ is on edge instead

Charles Barkley (left) and Draymond Green (right) look on in the first half between the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday at American Airlines Center in Dallas. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY)

MINNEAPOLIS — The future of “Inside the NBA” was already a sensitive topic when Charles Barkley stepped into an elevator in Minneapolis after Game 2 of the Western Conference finals late Friday. Barkley’s on-air candor as an analyst is a key reason that the studio show has become so influential and beloved among basketball fans and around the league.