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Barkley on Rome: LeBron defers too much

Posted on: February 29, 2012 5:56 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2012 6:10 pm
Charles Barkley says LeBron defers to Dwyane Wade too much. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore

Charles Barkley had more to say on Jim Rome than just wishing someone could shoot 20 percent of NBA fans. 

Rome asked Barkley about his feelings on LeBron James, and well, you know Chuck. 


This is the eternal debate with James. And the biggest problem, honestly, is Michael Jordan. 

You see, Jordan set a new bar for alpha dogs. It wasn't enough to make the game winning play. To be the best, you have to rise up and knock down a mid-range jumper, preferably fading away, to win the game. That's the bar. Passing may be the best play, it may be the right play, it may be considered the best thing to do the other 47 minutes of a game, but when things get close down the stretch, that jumper's what you're expected to do. Problem is, James isn't very good at it. He's gotten better at it, but he's not automatic. This, maybe more than anything else, defines him. 

Consider this. Inside three minutes to go in a game separated by five points or less, James has seven of the Heat's ten total assists in that range this season. By comparison, James has 11 field goal attempts, the same as Wade and just one more than Bosh, in that same situation. He has made just three of them. (Wade is 5 of 11, Bosh 7 of 10.)

So James is handling the ball a lot. He's just not hitting. And he's passing the most as well, at least on made buckets. The assertion remains that James is the best player on the team, and he keeps deferring to lesser players. But it's entirely possible that James simply isn't the best player in these situations. At least not right now, with this team, with where his game is at now. 

(For comparison's sake, Kobe Bryant is 9-35 this season in that same situation. He also has seven assists in that situation, though the Lakers have been in far more tight games than the Heat.)

("ROME with Jim Rome" debuts on CBS Sports Network April 3rd.  You can follow him on Twitter @JimRome.)

Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 2:40 pm

Barkley on Rome: LeBron defers too much

LeBron has brought this all upon himself. "King James". His "Air(not HEIR) Apparent".  It goes on and on. Know I know LaBron did "christen" himself with any of the nicknames but he never denied any either. The thing Kobe has that LaBron dosent is the will to win. Oh he "likes" winning, but he dosent push himself to win at any cost. Kobe does. Jordan did. Magic did. Bird did. Duncan did. Even guys with no rings Barkley, Ewing, Stockton, Miller, Payton all did whatever the could to try to win the game.

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:30 am

Barkley on Rome: LeBron defers too much

Charles Barkley is a HOF and probably the 2nd best PF of all time in the modern erea last 25 years (Duncan, Barkley, Malone
Barkley has earned the right to his opinion despite never winning a championship.

Barkley, Malone, Stockton, Ewing, Wilkins, Gilmore..Never won championships...Otis Thorpe, Robert Horry, Bill Cartwright, Laimber have..are those guys great??? No..

Its a team game..Barkley never with a 'great player' in his prime. Philly, Dr, J was on last legs and so was moses. In phoenix, KJ was injuring prone and majerle was hardly great...

Barkley, has earned the right to voice opinion on a lebron james..Period

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:25 pm

Barkley on Rome: LeBron defers too much

Barkley needs to shut his big piehole.
The heat are winning and thats all that counts.
Its so funny that someone who never won a championship is 
always talking down on Lebron about not winning 1 

Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:48 pm

Barkley on Rome: LeBron defers too much

The biggest problem "affecting" sports is that far too many OPINIONS are air-played.  There is an excessive amount of analysts, commentors, talk show hosts etc. and they are all digging trying their utmost to make a story.  Insignificant factors suddenly become headlines, especially if it concerns Lebron.

There maybe as many sports analysts etc. as there are players in the league, and they all are conviently overlooking the fact that in Lebron you have a player who carried a team for a number of years without any questions about deferring, last minute shots and so forth.  But MJ (great player) is held up as a standard, but his quitting (that baseball crap) on his team because things weren't going the way he wanted it is never mentioned.  Nit picking on Lebron is always a good sell, but stating the facts as they pertain to Jordan is overlooked.  I can recall some games during Lebron's Cleveland days where he not only closed but as stated above carried the team as well. 

Since: Jan 14, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:48 pm

Barkley on Rome: LeBron defers too much

Lebron is his own man he plays at his own level, please lets stop with the Jordan!!!! Championships will come at other teams expense!

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:29 pm

Barkley on Rome: LeBron defers too much

Interesting that Kobe Bryant's percentage would actually be worse that James'.  It's not the 26 he's missed "fans" remember, it's the 9 he's made.  So, to the casual fan, Kobe's a "closer".  Perception is a funny thing.
Except Kobe has five rings and LeBron has none.

Now I understand that Kobe had Shaq for three of them, but the debate between who is a better closer between Kobe and LeBron begins and ends with the fact that Bryant can fill up all of the fingers on one of his hands with championship rings. LeBron can't even put one on his ring finger, period.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:20 pm

Barkley on Rome: LeBron defers too much

I respect your view but in my opinion once the ball came back out to Lebron (after DWill missed) he should have drove to the hoop and scored or maybe got a better passing angle.  You have to admit that was terrible pass for any moment in the game.  Of course you are correct that it would all have been a mute point if Lebron had not put on the show he did to bring them back.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:44 pm

Barkley on Rome: LeBron defers too much

By the way Lebron, Wade, and DWill choked at the all star game.

Disagree.  There's no pressure in an all-star game, so what's there to choke on?  Made mistakes?  Sure, happens every game to every player.  James was the only thing that got the East in the game at all, then he tried to do what you said, and hit a teammate with a better shot.  He just screwed up.  Nothing more, nothing less. 

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:23 pm

Barkley on Rome: LeBron defers too much

James and Wade need to do what Pierce and Walker use to do for Celtics (yes I know Wade and James are more talented bare with me). Walker use to carry the scoring and passing load for the first 3 quarters, letting Paul rest on offense (Pierce never rested on defense) then in the 4th quarter PP would explode. For several years Pierce lead the league in 4th quarter scoring for this reason. This would extend Wade's career as James has a body that can take more punishment. Plus Wade has more of a killer attitude. That's exactly how I would run the heat offense. 3 quarters of Lebron, putting fouls on the other teams bigs. then ride wade to the victory.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:11 pm

Barkley on Rome: LeBron defers too much

No one is Jordan.  The guy hit so many big time game winning shots that its unfair to compare any other player to him.  You would think Jordan was above 95% on game winning shots if you go by your memory.  The current perception is not Jordans fault but Kobes.  He is so busy trying to be greater than Jordan that he routinely shoots when a better shot is to be had by an open teamate. Its not like the guys on his team play at the local YMCA.  Lebrons problem is that he is letting the media get inside his head.  There is nothing wrong with an assist on the winning basket.  I would rather lose on a good open shot than on a fade away hail mary with 6 guys guarding you.  At least I know I got the best shot at winning.  By the way Lebron, Wade, and DWill choked at the all star game.

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