Charles Barkley is an basketball analyst on TNT his job is to analyze why and how a play or plays and players do what they do best and what they do worse. Lebron James is the best player in the league, in the true sense of the word a game changer, if you are not sure just look at how bad things went for Miami since he left there two years ago and if you need further proof look how bad things got in Cleveland when he left and went to Miami in the first place. Lebron James is the face of the NBA. He I the power in the NBA. If he wants you on his team it’s just a matter of time before he get you. Charles Barkley was once one of the best players in his era along with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone , John Stockton , Patrick Ewing among others. Charles has always had a reputation for running his mouth. It is what some like about him , it is also what some dislike about him depending if you are a target of his or not. He goes out of his way to rip into the New York Knicks all the time anytime … At some point you just want to scream at your tv set and go enough Charles !!!! Pick on someone else and then he does…he picked on LeBron James….more than one time. This blow up between Charles Barkley and Lebron James has been brewing for some time. Yet I was listening to one commentator say in part that Lebron James needs to ignore it which is fine until you realize that one, Lebron is human there is only so much criticism he is going to take especially when someone is time after time hounding him and with people always asking him time after time “What do you think about what Charles Barkley said?” After a while enough is enough already. Two Charles is paid to give his opinion right or wrong whether we agree with him or not yet even he has to know when it’s time to back off even a little. Yet as you read further you see that is the complete opposite ….Barkley has no intention of backing down.
Ok let’s go to the night when it all came to a head…the long-distance exchange started last week, when Barkley said during TNT’s “Inside the NBA” that James was being “whiny” for saying the Cavaliers needed to add a playmaker at the same time Cleveland had the highest payroll in the league.
“Inappropriate,” Barkley said at the time. “Whiny. All of the above. 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 (LeBron) 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.”
James fired back Monday, telling ESPN.com: “I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that. 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.”
It was Barkley’s turn again Tuesday during an appearance on the Waddle &Silvy show on ESPN radio.
“I stick by what I said, I’m not going to make this personal… he was all whiny last week,” Barkley said. “… I’m good and I’m straightforward, I’m never going to get personal on an NBA player.”
Asked if he felt James crossed the line, Barkley said: “I was laughing, clearly he did some homework … he Googled me and found some things. He was young when I was playing, so I appreciate that, but I’m not upset about it … my criticism was fair and I’m good with that.”
When is enough, enough though?