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BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

Posted on: June 14, 2011 3:21 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 3:37 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Another day, another chance for Charles Barkley to talk about the Miami Heat. To recap so far:
  • He's hammered on LeBron for The Decision all year.
  • He made fun of the welcome party.
  • He called them a "whiny bunch" twice.
  • He flipped off a group of Heat fans.
  • He told Heat fans he's got a better life than them because, I'm paraphrasing, "they all work at McDonald's."
That's just some of it. Barkley hasn't taken the Heat lightly at all this year so with them falling short in the NBA Finals, Barkley has gone on basically every radio show that's asked him and ripped on them a little more while they're down.

First up, LeBron's comments saying about his critics, "At the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today." As he told WIP Philadelphia with Howard Eskin and Ike Reese:
"I do feel bad. I tell you LeBron is a good guy who said some stupid stuff. He is a good dude and he is going to get crucified. He deserves some of it. He does deserve some of it, but I do feel bad because he is going to get crucified. He’s a good dude who says stupid things sometimes. He shouldn’t have said to the public.”
The host then said, "His comments demean 99 percent of his fans that don’t have the kind of money that he has?" Barkley's response:
“Listen, LeBron is a really good dude who has not made a bunch of very good of statements in the last year. The thing that has really bothered me about this team is they would never admit they made any mistakes. Dwyane [Wade] is a great guy and LeBron [James] is a great guy, but they actually don’t think they’ve done anything wrong. That’s what makes me laugh about this whole scenario.”
Barkley does a pretty good job of not taking on that question directly because if he had and subsequently ripped LeBron for it, well, he would've been quite the double-talker. Because he said virtually the EXACT same thing with his McDonald's comment. Barkley's line about LeBron can really be applied to himself as well. He's a good dude who says stupid things sometimes. Heck, that kinds of describes most of us, myself included.

Barkley was then asked about LeBron's tweet that said, "The Greater Man upstairs knows when it's my time. Right now isn't the time."
“God is a Dallas Mavericks fan! Howard, I hate that. I hate that more than anything in the world because the notion that God has a favorite team. I think that is one of the most…I hate when guys say that. You thank the Lord for having great health, but the notion that the Lord likes one team better than the other. I hate when guys say that. That’s just stupid."
Yeah, that's not at all what LeBron meant. The guy can't catch a break for anything. Kevin Durant has said almost the exact same things and people just go awwwwwww. LeBron lives in a different world, but people have taken that tweet and slayed him for it.

Host: Isn't that another way to not take responsibility?
"Yeah no question. I wish LeBron…I wish he would say ‘Hey you know what congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks. They played fantastic. Congratulations. We had a good season, but we got to get better and I got to play better.’ That would have been the perfect tweet. You congratulate the Mavs and you say ‘You know what? We had a good season. We had a good season, not a great season, but I’ve got to get better.’ I was doing an interview earlier today and the guy said ‘What would you tell LeBron James?’

I said tell him to get his ass down in the post and learn to post up because right now I’m not even sure what position he plays. Let’s take away all this noise going on. As a basketball player I’m like for a guy that big and that strong to be standing out there and jacking up jumpers all night. It’s like ‘Dude take your big strong ass down on the box and post up!’ He would get ‘X’ amount of points on the fast break finishing, but he’s got to learn how to post up. He’s a big ole’ strong boy like every time he shoots a jumper the defense is like ‘Thank you lord. Thank you for making him shoot a jumper because I don’t want that big coming at me full speed.’"
That's just a taste of Barkley's thoughts on the Heat. And I'm sure it won't be his last word either.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 4:25 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

3. Charles is a big guy so he would like to see him down low. I'm not saying he doesn't need to work on his post game but he is not a
    power forward and that is not the only thing he can do. He just needs to add it to his game.

Well Charles is like 6-4, so "big" in the sense of round I guess, but not in the sense of height, not for the NBA.  Second, Barkley never said playing in the post is the ONLY thing Lebron should do, just that he needs to work on his low post game and do it more and it has nothing to do with whether or not Lebron is the PF or not.  Lots of players at all positions work on a post game to take advantage of physical mismatches.   There are going to be very few SFs who can match up physically with a 6-8/280 Lebron in the low post so take advantage of it and the high percentage shots rather than long range, lower percentage, jumpers late in the shot clock---you'll make more shots and draw more fouls meaning more points for your team and, likely, more wins.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 3:40 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

Everyone has said things they regret. Some people define themselves, intentionally or not, by what they said and how often they say it.

Charles Barkley is entertaining because he says whatever is on his mind (and usually what is on everyone elses mind too), AND can get away with it. He gets away with it partly because he was an elite NBA player, he's black, outspoken without being too controversial, and will not only accept criticism (or even people making fun of him) without the appearence of being offended, he often pokes fun at his own shortcomings. So, he doesn't come off as being superior, or someone that hasn't earned the right to be critical of other NBA personalities; he's been there, done that. He comes off as being one of them (NBA stars) AND one of us (mortal fans). 

Barkley was a star that never won the big one, and had to answer all the same questions...So, he has earned the right to be outspoken, even critical of LeBron... but in most fans minds, LeBron hasn't earned the right to be as "superior" as he wants to be.

After "The decision", most people disenchanted with LeBron want to see humility from him, and his current fans want him to walk the walk he's been talking all year. In that perspective, he's failed both groups.  LeBron's whole personna reeks of self entitlement, and lack of responsbility for his own failings on the court...If he refuses to show humility, most will accept humiliation as revenge. His fans expect a championship, and they aren't satified yet. I used to be a LeBron fan, now I dislike him. That attitude is common, and it's not caused by fickle fans, it was self inflicted by LeBron.  

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 3:40 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

Alltime favorite Barkley quote

When he was arrested after a game in Milwaukee, for throwing an obnoxious Bucks fan through the bar window onto the street.  Later, when asked if he had any regrets about the incident:  "Yeah, I regret we weren't on a higher floor."

Charles did this again in his stint in Phoenix. But somehow Chuck got away with it (the media loved him, here). LeBron could try this, but he would get sued up the wazoo. Then again, if you're going to go 'bad boy', you might as well go all the way.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 3:09 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

I think we know who Lebron's PR guy is now....blackmarv.

Barkley's comments are 100% correct.

Since: Mar 4, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:10 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

I can't understand why he doesnt post up.  He is a giant, but he is so uncomfortable with his back to the basket.  Unreal.  You got 6'4" point guards that can play in the post.  Im assuming he never learned that part of the game in HS or at Cleveland where he could depend on his athletic one-on-five gameplan.  Post up LeBron, PLEASE!!  Your making it hard on your fans that understand basketball.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:47 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

It's amazing to me that "big sexy" lumps "the professed  king " into to category with Wilt, Russell , Kobe, MJ, and I am assuming Magic and pretend "Reali" rewards the dork with a 150. What do all those players have in common? Not that they have cockiness. They all won rings. Yeah, you are right  big sexy, "just keep on doin what u  r doin Lebron" Talkin shit , Havin' prime time decisions, and wearing no rings, Bill Russell, MJ? please. By the way. Kareem cant even get a mention in any talk about the greatest ever? Check the stats or rings or any  theory you want. Best of all time.

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:44 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

Keep it coming Chuck!

Go Mavs Go!

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:29 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

Score 39? You got to be kidding me! In case u didnt see it there "Reali" isn't that what the self proclaimed King proclaimed at "The Decision". Catch on or I'LL replace you.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:25 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

Not 1, not 2 , not 3,4,5, or six but 7dumb coments . Or more. We just gettin' started!

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:19 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

Give LeGone a break. He spent mosy of his time worrying about who his  trailer trash mom was going to be slappin' and slurpin'. Word has it she spent the series ridin' Delonte West's hog.

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