Charles Barkley, a former NBA superstar, and now TNT NBA analyst, continually has made a career in television off being overly critical of players, especially Lebron. That's how Chuck has always been though, he's rough around the edges, everyone knows that, but most people love his brutally honest takes on TNT. Well, when asked what he thought of Lebron going to the media pleading that the Cavs needed another playmaker, this is what he had to say...
"Inappropriate. Whiny. All of the above," Barkley said of James last week. "The Cleveland Cavaliers, they have given him everything he wanted. They have the highest payroll in NBA history. He wanted J.R. Smith last summer, they paid him. He wanted [Iman] Shumpert last summer. They brought in Kyle Korver. He's the best player in the world. Does he want all of the good players? He don't want to compete? He is an amazing player. They're the defending champs." -ESPN
Lebron initially took the high road saying it's just for ratings, and he wasn't going to take it to heart. That was his initial comments, on Monday the topic resurfaced, and Lebron must've came to the realization that the Rogaine is never going to work, because he was vicious with the comments he made Monday. Here's Lebron's response to Barkley's statement above.
"He's a hater, What makes what he says credible? Because he's on TV?" "I'm not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that," James told ESPN. "I'm not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, 'I'm not a role model.' I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying. All I've done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that." -ESPN
As if Lebron hadn't already violated Barkley's life enough, he had plenty more to say...
"Go watch the '93 Finals when John Paxson hit the shot," James said. "Barkley and Jordan were laughing and joking with each other during one of the games while somebody's shooting a free throw. In the Finals. But, oh, nobody were friends back then. I know he wanted to retire a long time ago, but he can't," James said. "He's stuck up on that stage every week. And if this makes him want to talk to me, the schedule's out there," James said. "He knows every road arena I'll be in. Don't just come up to me at All-Star and shake my hand and smile."
As much as I agree with everything Lebron said above, it was definitley uncalled for. Barkley is just doing his job, which is calling it how he see's it, and not once did Barkley take a shot a Lebron's personal life. Barkley even went out of his way to call Lebron a good person on the air that night, but Lebron was obviously ticked off from losing to the dreadful Dallas Mavericks, who just seem to have Lebron's number (no one forgot about 2011 Finals), so he decided to put Chuck in a body bag. Any time you call out a player of Lebron's caliber, which is never because no is Lebron's caliber, saying he doesn't want to compete, that's very offensive. Lebron has been competing at a higher level than anyone in the league the last 14 years and you're going to question his competitive nature, that's just plain stupid. I love Charles Barkley running his fat mouth, makes TNT pre and post game show way more entertaining, but he crossed a line that he should've never crossed. Even Shaq came to Lebron's defense saying that Barkley never won a championship, let alone tried to go back to back, so he shouldn't be questioning anyone's competitive nature. I wish it could've stopped right there, unfortunately Lebron had one more remark that reminded me why I hated Lebron before he took down the Warriors. (Yes, the only reason I currently appreciate Lebron is because he saved us from the Warriors monopolizing the NBA.)
"I'm tired of biting my tongue, There's a new sheriff in town." -ESPN
Shut the hell up Lebron you baby back bitch, you're not a sheriff, you're not tough, you flop when you barely get touched, just continue to beat the Warriors, and shut the hell up. Every professional athlete bites their tongue, it's part of dealing with the media. I love the crazy responses because it makes for a great story, if Lebron really didn't give a shit about what Barkley said then he just would've gave a boring response like he did the first time, and this whole dilemma would've never started. Now Charles Barkley is calling for a paint ball shootout between him and Lebron, dumb idea by Chuck, what do expect though, Charles Barkley was never the brightest light in the chandelier. That's exactly why Lebron should've never gave this any attention. Like Chuck said though, Lebron is whiny, so of course he was going to make a stink of this. Lebron is slowly but surely returning to heel Lebron and I don't like it one bit.