Fans condemn Barkley over 'uncomfortable' Thomas comments

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Basketball fans have condemned Charles Barkley for comments the NBA legend made about Isaiah Thomas, one day after the Boston star's sister died.

The outspoken Hall of Famer said he felt "uncomfortable" watching Thomas crying before the Celtic's NBA playoffs loss against the Chicago Bulls.

Thomas' 22-year-old sister, Chyna, died in a car wreck in Washington State on Saturday, leading to widespread tributes from the basketball community.

Understandably, the tragedy left Thomas distraught during the warm-up before tip-off against the Bulls, prompting Barkley to offer his controversial opinion.

"I'm not feeling comfortable with him sitting on the sideline crying like that," Barkley said on 'Inside the NBA.'

Barkley's comments about Thomas were slammed by fans. Pic: Getty

"That makes me uncomfortable. So that tells me he's not in shape to play.

"I don't know how this night is going to turn out, but to be sitting on the sideline a few minutes before the game and crying, that just makes me uncomfortable for him.

Thomas starred for Boston a day after losing his sister. Pic: Getty

"That's just not a good look for him."

Barkley may have been questioning the decision to allow a clearly distraught Thomas to play, but nevertheless, his comments were rounded upon by angry fans on social media.

Remarkably, Thomas top-scored with 33-points but it was to no avail as the Celtics went down 106-102 against the Bulls.

Chicago holds a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference finals series.