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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: Jun 14, 2011
Posted on: June 14, 2011 7:17 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

Barkley i remember these words coming out of your mouth. The Mavericks are a good team, but this is not there YEAR. You lied

Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2011 7:14 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

Say no more you're a Dolphins fan. BRANDON MARSHALL

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 5:58 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

Lebwan played less than spectacular in this series ( I wish that was the same against the Bulls).  I think Chuck was pretty passive with his comments.  But he was correct in his assessment.  Lebwan just needs to learn how to navigate with the media and possibly get some tips on how to speak to the press.  If he just did this much I definitely wouldn't be posting about him.  But either way you have it he brings so much attention whether he is good or bad.  I think we enjoy the bad because we get so much out of it.  I think most people are posting about Lebwan and his less than adequate showing plus goofy comments rather than talking about how well the Mavericks did.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 5:44 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

The difference here is....   Barkley is right. All Miami fans work at McDonnalds.

Lebron's comments were directed at everyone else...... people who hate scumbags and arrogant lazy spoiled punks. 

Barkley says alot of garbage... but most of the time he's spot right. Only fast food employees are stupid enough to cheer for that kind of a team.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 5:25 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

James brings all of this controversy onto  himself.  He went out of his way to pizz Cleveland fans off by throwing the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals so he would have a good excuse to leave.  He stalls announcing a decision, that had been made months earlier, until all major free agents are signed, so the Cavs couldn't replace him.  Then he goes on national TV to announce that he was betraying fans, teammates and the organization by leaving.  Since then he has repeatedly stuck his foot in his mouth with stupid, ignorant comments and actions.  James should just disappear from public life, make no statements to the media, and become a recluse.  Problem solved.  The only thing anyone could criticize him for then would be his play on the court, which has stunk royally at a time when it mattered most.  What a loser. 

Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2011 4:42 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

Charles is somewhat right..vague answers with a specific direction.  To clarify things:

1.  LeBron believes that he's better than the fans because of money so the fact that we all hate him and he choked has no weight on his shoulders.  LeBron is a liar and making that statement just fueled the fire of those pulling for him to fail.  Which is the 99% of the NBA fans who are not fairweather heat fans.

2.  LeBron and the Heat need to put the work in on the court.  God isnt going to win anybody an NBA championship unless he's personally suiting up.

3.  LeBron is a big guy who plays like a point guard.  Newsflash he doesnt actually play point guard.  Get your 6'8 torso down there in the post and be a finisher.  You can run all day but when it's time to grind it out and crash some boards LeBron is trying to shoot fade aways.

Charles should've stayed consistent especially with this week being the payout.  "The Decision" was insulting, the Signing Celebration was corny and conceited and the off-court immaturity was rude. 

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2011 4:29 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

He told Heat fans he's got a better life than them because, I'm paraphrasing, "they all work at McDonald's."
 Wait, this guy is telling us Lebron demeans fans after he said the above? That's the definition of hypocrisy. Those who live in glass houses...

Charles Barkley is a moron. The guy destroys the English language, assaults ppl, makes racist comments and has the IQ of a piece of chalk.

Lebron's comments were made by somenone who is thin-skinned. He can spin it anyone he wants, he meant to say those who hate on him don't have his life. That's the signature of an immature, self-centered whiny little brat.

Barkley's comments are far worse, because his past actions and statements have defined him as an ignorant  bully.

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2011 3:56 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

Barkely rode out the anti Miami picks to the finals and he finally got it right, as did I. I didnt know when theyd lose, I just knew they werent a title team mainly because its only a 3man team and dallas has 1-10 contributing. Even Cardinal and Mahnimi got into it last game, that surely made Miami fans cringe.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2011 3:56 pm

BarkleyWatch: Guess what? He ripped Heat again

I'm with Sir Charles about the God-talk.  As a minister and a U of Texas alum, Kevin Durant's pious flower child demeanor drives me nuts.  He is losing me as a fan because he continues to pull the same crap LeBron does.  This is some of the worst theology in the world:  that God plays favorites and "our time isn't now."  They are as much fatalists as they are pre-school theologians.  They need to grow their games and their faith in whatever order they see fit.  But please save us from the pious post-game platitudes.  LeBron, Durant, Tebow, Jason Terry ought to visit with any little old lady in any church and they will monumentally develop a deeper way to express their faith.   These guys are still children speaking like children.  When they become Men of faith they may give up their childish ways.

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