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Charles Barkley rips Miami's Big 3

Posted on: August 12, 2010 6:00 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2010 6:00 pm
Posted by Royce Young

We don't really have an official ruling on anything in the NBA until Charles Barkley speaks on it. So after LeBron's tweet about his mental hit list and all the talk coming from Miami, Chuck weighed in on ESPN Radio 103.3 with Galloway and Company.

"I heard about LeBron's little tweet today that he's remembering everybody who said anything bad about him," Barkley said. "And he said 'everybody.' Well, I want him to make sure that he puts my name on that (list) ... I thought that his little one-hour special was a punk move. I thought them dancing around on the stage was a punk move, and I thought he should've stayed in Cleveland. Him joining Dwyane Wade 's team was very disappointing to me."

See, that's why everyone loves Chuck. He tells it like it is, or at least, how he sees how it is. Barkley continued:

"He's got enough people kissing his ass with his family and all the people who work for him," Barkley said. "We don't have to tell him what he wants to hear all the time ... That one-hour special, them jumping around on stage like punks, that wasn't cool to me. From a basketball standpoint, I wish he had stayed in Cleveland, and if he takes that as criticism, so be it."

It's hard to disagree with anything there. Everything turned quickly into a spectacle which only made the new trio in Miami that much easier to dislike. And it doesn't sound as if Chuck is exactly terrified about landing on LeBron's mental list of death. As he put it towards the end of the interview, "He knows where I'll be, I don't run. I'm on TV every week, I'm easy to find."

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2010 2:39 pm

Charles Barkley rips Miami's Big 3

Muck, you seem to forget that Charles demanded a trade out of Philly when he was 28 and had just finished his 8th year.  Lebron, a free agent, left the Cavs at 25 and after his 7th year.  I ask you he the two are so different?  Forget the stuff when Charles was in his 30s, he did pretty much the same as Lebron (minus the press conference which was horrible), except that you could argue that it was worse because he was still under contract.

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2010 2:35 pm

Charles Barkley rips Miami's Big 3

Great point Laddin.  Plus lets remember that Chuck also did this at a much younger age when he demanded a trade out of Philly.  Chuck had just finished his 8th year when he was traded to the Suns, Lebron had just finished his 7th.  The main difference is that Bron was a free agent and Chuck was not, however their actions (aside from a terrible one hour press conference) are the same.  I just wish people would see that.

Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2010 2:30 pm

Charles Barkley rips Miami's Big 3

Nice post. But as for a star who got a ring by himself look no further the Hakeem. That first title he won was with Otis Thorpe, Vernon Maxwell, Robert Horry, and Kenny Smith. Not even All Stars let alone hall of famers. Really makes you realize how great the Dream really was.

Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2010 1:56 pm

Charles Barkley rips Miami's Big 3

Lebron's just not that smart....College is generally a place where people do a lot of growing up. It would have done a lot for him. Honestly I think the only problem with what he did was the way he did it. The whole thing must have been gut wrenching for Cleveland fans. I always thought athletes should do something like this. I can't wait until a pitching staff decides they all want to play for the Cardinals and work with Dave Duncan, or a high on base percentage guy wants to get on base in front of a couple of bashers. We have all seen US Olympic teams fail. If there isn't chemistry it won't work. They will have to grow in order for the Miami big three to be a success. The might even need 2 other players to do their jobs as well. I'd rather have players joining forces to increase their performance than injecting steroids. 

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2010 1:51 pm

Charles Barkley rips Miami's Big 3

I think you mean Phoenix. He left the Sixers for Phoenix, then Houston.

Anyway, I think his point was that the one hour special was narcissistic as was the stage show in Miami. His own indiscretions are largely irrelevant.

Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2010 1:23 pm

Charles Barkley rips Miami's Big 3

Class, thats the one BIG difference. Yes, Lebron was a free agent.  That is not the case genius, if he didn't make a huge spectical out of it and was a professional the criticism would have been a lot less harsh.  If Lebron would quit acting like a punk then there would be no criticsm, however for some reason he wants to be talked about(even if it is negative).

Lebron is making a list.  LOL, what a stupid empty threat.  I wonder what the repercussions will be: no autographs, will he purposely spite those fans 6 years from now with the Special II, or is he gonna go gangsta and send in his boys to shake them down like the 19 year old girl last month.

What a moron.  Of course he will get responses.  Did he think people would react differently, or did he once again just not think?

Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2010 12:55 pm

Charles Barkley rips Miami's Big 3

LeBron has made his bed and now he has to sleep in it.  He instantly became the most hated man in basketball.  The funny thing about that is, he really cared about endorsements and stuff like that.  When he is booed everytime he touches the ball, companies may start to shy away.  Even when the Lakers and Celtics get too old and Lebron eventually wins(which is likely to happen, unless Durant gets someone to come play with him in OKC, which isnt likely) , Lebron will still be hated.  I dont care that he left the Cavs.  No big deal.  But dont go be a "Pippen" after everyone had been building him up to be one of the greatest of all time.  The competitive fire, that Lebron clearly lacks, is what will keep him out of the G.O.A.T convo.  That is the standard of excellence that has been set.  He cant change that.  It was like he looked at the task ahead of him and said "I dont think I can live up to those standards by leading MY TEAM to multiple titles. People will always look at me as a failure because I clearly have a huge physical advantage, I am as athletic as Jordan and I am as big as Karl Malone.  So if I dont win multiple titles people will laugh at me, Boo Freaking Hoo."&n
bsp; Its not just about winning.  Its about how you win.  Robert Horry has more titles than Barkley, Malone, Gary Payton, Lebron, Melo, DWade... COMBINED.  But he isnt nearly as good as any of the players I just named.  Once you become a "SUPERSTAR", it has to be you leading the team as "the man".  If he was into the 30+, 12+ years in the league, and he switched teams to chase a ring then that would be different.  He would have given his "best" or "prime" years trying to win it as the man.  But this guy chose the easy way out.  He cant un-ring this bell.  Its over.  No amount of titles can wash the stink of his "decision".  He let down the whole basketball world by trying to take the easy way out.  I know a lot of people hated Kobe, especially for trying to copy MJ.  Its really funny how much more like a true champion Kobe looks now.  He couldnt handle being a "Pippen" when he had MJ talent.  So he chased Shaq out of LA, just to prove he could be a true champion.  And to the people who are about to say Kobe couldnt win without Gasol.  Kobe is still the man on that team.  He is clearly #1.  Gasol is clearly "Pippen".  Gasol as #1 was the Gizzlies missing the playoffs.  Lebron has chosen to be "Pippen" even though he has MJ talent.  If you are a heat fan, you should be happy your team will be really good.  However, you have to admit that it would have been better to have gotten the media darling lebron, instead of the hated Lebron that has made the the heat the most hated team in all of basketball.  And lets not mention Bosh.  At least he knew he wasnt good enough to lead his team anywhere.  He wanted people to know his name.  He is Paris Hilton.  To some people it is no fun to be rich without the fame.  So since no one wanted to see Bosh do a sex tape, he joined the Heat.  No harm no foul there.  He was a big fish in a small pond.  Someone had to take shots in Toronto.  He is a good player, but not a "Superstar".  So he gets a pass.  But Lebron is dead to all basketball fans who care about, and respect, the game of basketball.  Lebron is so oblivious to his actions.  He changed his number from 23 to 6.  Because no one should wear MJ's number.  As if Bill Russel and Dr. J, should not be respected.  What a douche.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2010 12:42 pm

Charles Barkley rips Miami's Big 3

Excellent post and I'd add that Barkley HIMSELF was a fixture in Philly, but begged out of that town when it became clear that he couldn't win "like Mike" with the Sixers.  So they basically gave him to Phoenix.

Remember that Chuck?  Us Sixer fans sure do...

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2010 12:41 pm

Charles Barkley rips Miami's Big 3

I think alot of heat fans are really getting their knickers in a twist over this for no reason.  No one is dissing LeBron for joining Miami(at least im not) Do i think it was a little on the cheap side, sure.  But its his career, whatever.  What I dont like is his one hour show on espn dubbed the desicion and now that people are realizing who queen james really is they are calling him out and now hes making some mental hitlist?  haha, please lebron.  If the heat win the title this season it will be more because of D-wade than Lebron.  I had no issue with james until all this started.  Its really sad to watch someone so in love with themselves act a fool in front of the entire sports world. 

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2010 12:41 pm

Charles Barkley rips Miami's Big 3

You guys are comparing LeBron to people like Garnett, Malone and Barkley who at the end of their careers demanded a trade to get a ring. It wasn't like they were in their prime and they weren't on the team with the best record in basketball. LeBron was on the team with the best record in basketball, he had opportunities to win a ring but they all fell apart in the playoffs. Also he had plenty of time there to make Cleveland better if he had stayed it wasn't like they weren't trying. The Cavs signed names to play around the Lebron "The Ego" James. Garnett was no where near in the same position as Lebron Garnett was on possibly one of the worst teams in the league and they didn't do anything to help him get into the playoffs. So, that is why people are hating on what Lebron did, and instead of using T.V. time to pay for charity why doesn't Lebron take the money out of his pocket and donate it to charity, he has so much no instead he had ESPN use the money they made off televising the "Decision". LeBron is probably the most selfish athlete in a professional sport right now.

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