Barkley: A-plus for Koby Altman; Cavs team to beat in East

Charles Barkley gave a huge thumbs up to Cavaliers GM Koby Altman for his work at the trade deadline while appearing on ESPN's First Take show.

Never one to shy away from offering opinions, dating back to his days as a superstar player, Charles Barkley dished on Koby Altman’s masterful retooling of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the state of the Eastern Conference in the wake of Altman’s work.

Appearing on ESPN’s First Take television show, Barkley, now the most outspoken guy on TNT’s wildly popular Inside the NBA show, gushed about Altman.

Barkley went on to say the Eastern Conference now has only two legitimate contenders — Cleveland and Toronto.