Noted Knicks antagonist Charles Barkley actually had something positive to say about the team.

Barkley, the TNT analyst, likes the moves president Phil Jackson made, called the Knicks "a sleeper" and guaranteed they would make the playoffs during a conference call to promote the upcoming season.

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"The Knicks are one of my sleeper teams," Barkley said. "I think they will make the playoffs. I think Phil Jackson has done a good job getting good, quality players. [Kristaps] Porzingis is a young kid with some tremendous upside, but I am picking the Knicks to make the playoffs. They have actual NBA players on their squad this year, to go along with Carmelo Anthony. Robin Lopez is a legitimate player, Arron Afflalo is an NBA player, Jerian Grant is an NBA player and you've got Derrick Williams.

"They got actual NBA players. I'm picking the Knicks to make the playoffs. I'm guaranteeing it."