Charles Barkley blasts new, lighter NBA schedule: 'These poor babies can't play back-to-back games'

Charles Barkley is apparently not a fan of the new, lighter NBA schedule that reduces travel, back-to-back games, and four-games-in-five-nights stretches this season.

Speaking from an athletic forum at SMU, Barkley said he is "so angry at the NBA" for creating a lighter schedule for its players to try and promote rest and reduce wear-and-tear.

"These poor babies can't play back-to-back games," Barkley said. "They're making $20-, $30-, $40 million a year. But we want to make it convenient for them. At $40 million a year, we can't stress 'em out."

Barkley added, "The private jets and four-star hotels aren't enough."

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25. Rasheed Wallace -- $158,110,581

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $17 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 4
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo By Kent Horner/NBAE via Getty Images)

24. Chris Paul -- $158,226,325

Seasons: 12
Highest single-season salary: $22.9 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 9
NBA First-team All-NBA: 4

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

23. Tyson Chandler -- $158,586,645

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $14.8 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 1
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

22. Vince Carter -- $159,087,631

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $18.3 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 8
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

21. Amar'e Stoudemire -- $161,628,892

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $23.4 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 6
NBA First-team All-NBA: 1

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

20. Tracy McGrady -- $162,978,278

Seasons: 15
Highest single-season salary: $23.2 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 7
NBA First-team All-NBA: 2

(Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

19. Elton Brand -- $164,901,096

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $17.1 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 2
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

18. Jermaine O'Neal -- $168,794,021

Seasons: 18
Highest single-season salary: $23 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 6
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

17. Zach Randolph -- $172,597,245

Seasons: 15
Highest single-season salary: $17.8 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 2
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)

16. Dwyane Wade -- $176,115,934

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $23.2 million
Championships: 3
All-Star Games: 12
NBA First-team All-NBA: 2

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

15. Chris Webber -- $178,230,697

Seasons: 15
Highest single-season salary: $19.1 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 5
NBA First-team All-NBA: 1

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

14. Pau Gasol -- $182,999,615

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $19.3 million
Championships: 2
All-Star Games: 6
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)

13. Ray Allen -- $184,356,410

Seasons: 18
Highest single-season salary: $18.8 million
Championships: 2
All-Star Games: 10
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

12. Dwight Howard -- $186,735,761

Seasons: 13
Highest single-season salary: $23.2 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 8
NBA First-team All-NBA: 5

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

11. Chris Bosh -- $186,936,512

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $23.7 million
Championships: 2
All-Star Games: 11
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

10. Jason Kidd -- $187,675,468

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $21.4 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 10
NBA First-team All-NBA: 5

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

9. Paul Pierce -- $194,035,952

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $19.8 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 10
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

8. LeBron James -- $200,607,292

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $31.0 million
Championships: 3
All-Star Games: 13
NBA First-team All-NBA: 10

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

7. Carmelo Anthony -- $201,120,659

Seasons: 14
Highest single-season salary: $24.6 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 10
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

6. Joe Johnson -- $203,542,249

Seasons: 16
Highest single-season salary: $24.9 million
Championships: 0
All-Star Games: 7
NBA First-team All-NBA: 0

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

5. Tim Duncan -- $238,262,300

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $22.2 million
Championships: 5
All-Star Games: 15
NBA First-team All-NBA: 10

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

4. Dirk Nowitzki -- $241,646,362

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $25.0 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 13
NBA First-team All-NBA: 4

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

3. Shaquille O'Neal -- $286,344,668

Seasons: 19
Highest single-season salary: $27.7 million
Championships: 4
All-Star Games: 15
NBA First-team All-NBA: 8

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

2. Kobe Bryant -- $323,312,307

Seasons: 20
Highest single-season salary: $30.5 million
Championships: 5
All-Star Games: 18
NBA First-team All-NBA: 11

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

1. Kevin Garnett -- $326,362,956

Seasons: 21
Highest single-season salary: $28 million
Championships: 1
All-Star Games: 15
NBA First-team All-NBA: 4

(Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Barkley continued, saying he thinks it's a "travesty" that the NBA did not force its players to play in back-to-back games, given the size of their salaries.

"We flew commercial and we were able to play back-to-back, back-to-back," Barkley said. "I've [talked] with older guys who took trains to play three days in a row. The NBA caved in."

As many have noted, Barkley played less than 70 games in the final seven seasons of his career, and three times played fewer than 60 games. Perhaps a more health-conscious schedule and league could have preserved his career.

Watch some of Barkley's answer below:

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