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Barkley's right

Posted on: November 29, 2008 12:43 pm
After spending my first week on the job writing about LeBron lusting after the Knicks and Stephon Marbury drama, I don't think it's necessary for me to add a whole lot to Charles Barkley's comments.

I'm sick of LeBron-in-2010 and even sicker of Marbury. But just for the record, if I had to take sides in this LeBron-Barkley spat, I'd have to say Charles is right.

Mind you, there is nothing wrong with LeBron playing the game, pumping up his value, and getting everybody talking about him. That's part of the deal, because basketball is more than a game. It's business.

But I agree with Charles. LeBron's ceaseless ruminations on free agency -- which doesn't happen for another year and a half -- is getting to be a bit much. And it's becoming very transparent.

I don't buy the fact that LeBron is an innocent victim and is simply answering the questions thrown his way. He could have shut this whole thing down months ago by saying he's not talking about it anymore.

But he didn't. He continues to talk about it because it benefits him, and because he seems to enjoy talking about it.

So he got called out by Charles, and he doesn't like it. I think it's about time someone called him on this.

P.S. Charles is often calling out current players for doing things that he used to do all the time or for not doing things he never did. So his comments have to be taken with a grain of salt. Maybe LeBron shouldn't have taken him so seriously and shouldn't have given credence to Barkley's comments by responding.
Category: NBA

Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2008 12:00 am

Barkley's Right, LeBron's Right.

Sir Charles is DEFINITELY right about what he said.  LeBron James would help his case in Cleveland right now by saying he has nothing to say, and that there are no talks of moving to New York.  The fans will back him, his teammates will back him, and it would add cohesion to this team that's off to a hot start. 

However, LeBron is right in the fact that all he is doing is answering questions.  That's what the media is there for.  He's probably keeping some people employed right now by letting the media ask and probe a little bit into this situation.  Otherwise...what are they going to talk about besides A.I. missing a practice (heaven forbid), or making an even bigger joke of the Marbury/Knicks feud?  He's only 23 years old dammit, and being 24 years old, I don't know how I would handle this barrage of questions either.  He hasn't said anything WRONG but he could have done something more to make the fans a little more comfortable with this.  So far, I think he has proven to be a fairly mature, stays out of trouble, not easily distracted by fame, and a bonafide leader and competitor.  He's in it to win it.  Those things are hard to be as a young person with all the stardom he has. 

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2008 6:20 pm

Barkley's right

Barkley is right, I agree. But LeBron is just being the person that the media made him to be when they started televising his every move IN HIGH SCHOOL! He is a great player but he has yet to show the one identifying quality that every player is graded by, which is, whether or not he can raise the level of play of his supporting cast enough to win a championship. Granted, that the Cavs have been much improved , but they are not championship material right now. Coincidentally, they might "gel" enough to get there right about the time when LeBron looks for the big money payday and packs his bags for New York.

If LeBron goes to New York, this will be the worst decision he could possibly make. The Knicks have dumped any talent that they had in order to create caproom and their will be nobody left to support LeBron. On top of that, he will certainly face intense media scrutiny when he can't earn his paycheck by putting the team on his back and winning a championship. Not even the greatest player ever (Jordan) could do that. He didn't reach the mountain top until he figured out that he couldn't do it all by himself and involved his teammates. They will destroy the myth of LeBron James in record time. Up until now, everybody has been on his side and he has faced very little bad press.

The correct move is to let the Cavs give him the payday he has earned from their franchise. He is already an extremely marketable commodity and can make just as much money there as in New York. Don't play the game that every other NBA player plays and go where the money leads you. Have a certain level of loyalty and respect for the team that has been built around you and for you from day one and for the fans that have given you undying support since you stuck your foot in the NBA's door. You should lead by example and show the players that gave you the chance to do what you do some respect. "He's stupid" was the comment made against Barkley. However, you just summed up your every move in the last 8 years. I don't needs no college edumication, I can plays me sum basketball, yo!

I really hope they catch him fighting dogs and give him the Mike Vick treatment. He deserves it right about now. Although Mike would have the edge on him because he actually went to college.

My last thought....why don't you give Europe a try? I hear they pay huge dollars and the best part is we wouldn't have to see or hear you ever again. You can take Marbury and Iverson with you. Can we trade them for a couple of Ginobli's??


Since: Oct 12, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2008 4:50 pm

Barkley's right

A few years ago everybody thought Carlos Boozer was such a class act, that was until he stabbed the Cavs in the back and signed a multi-million dollar contract with Utah. LeBron is just being honest, which is more than anyone can say for most athletes. If LeBron is surronded by a championship caliber team in Cleveland and stays, and Bosh or Wade leave, who is the class act then? Also why don't you try checking back a month ago when Dwayne Wade was actually commenting about how LeBron should leave Cleveland. Classy. LeBron handles himself very well off the court, much better than both athletes, its a real possibility that LeBron, Bosh, and Wade end up in New York in 2010 with all of their cap space, but LeBron is just being honest about it. LeBron's thoughts on Barkley's remarks were probably not the smartest thing he has ever said, but it really is not that big of a deal, it does not mean he doesn't have any class. As for it effecting the team, considering the Cavs are off to the best start in franchise history, it really does not seem to be having any effect does it? All players look at the NBA as a business, and no one on LeBron's team cares about all this speculation.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2008 4:40 pm

Barkley's right

Hate to say it, but barkley is making complete sense. Look at the EASTERN division Cleveland and Boston are far the best teams so far. Talking about 2010 is taking away from the present. Lebron should just say no comment and let it all die down. The way James is acting brings to mind Marbury to a degree [  me me me ]. Just give respect to the coaches, fans, and other players in the league, you know you will get your money [ as will Wade and Bosh ] whom are doing things correctly.

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2008 4:21 pm


Yet you have written about it like 10 times in a week. You are nothing more than a follower, and wish you were Steven A. Smith, so you could get your name out there, by writing about anything contraversal.  Have you finally realized that New York is not the center of the sports world, and anyone outside of it could give a rat's behind? Judging by all the Marbury articles the answer would be NO. There is a lot of B-ball being played and you seem to only want to write about off the court drama. Is this because you know nothing about the game itself Mr. Berger? If so I could see you working at Berger King very soon!

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2008 2:56 pm
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Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2008 2:46 pm

Barkley's right

Then stop asking him about it!!!! The media makes me mad sometimes you ask a guy a question and when he answers it he should just shut up and play but if he doesn't answer the question he's difficult to deal with unbeleiveable. and lets not forget that this 2010 new york knick stuff all started in the media not by Lebron James.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2008 2:12 pm

Barkley's right: Lebron- no class unlikeWade/Bosh

Class acts- Bosh and Wade. I don't think they would ever respond to questions the way Lebron has. They have too much respect for their current employers and also have better judgement than the King.

This disrespects Cleveland. And also to make the statements in New York?? That adds salt to the already open wound.

I am surprised that Lebron wasn't wearing his Yankee hat.

Great article- keep Starberry/ Lebron discussions short- it is all they deserve.

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