Lebron James made it abundantly clear he is fed up with Charles Barkley’s mouth.
LeBron James, like many of us, have grown past tired of Charles Barkley and his buffoonery. James took it upon himself to blast Barkley.
James spoke with ESPN on Monday night after a disappointing loss to the Dallas Mavericks. And he was on fire about Barkley questioning his leadership, among other things.
“He’s a hater,” James said. “What makes what he says credible? Because he’s on TV?”
Barkley’s definitely a hater. But that’s a known quantity. Let’s get down to Lebron’s business with Sir Chuck.
“I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that,” James told ESPN. “I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.
“All I’ve done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that.”
Kudos to Lebron for defending his legacy…a legacy far greater than anything Barkley ever accomplished as a player.
Tell us about Barkley’s playing days, Lebron…
“Go watch the ’93 Finals when John Paxson hit the shot,” James told ESPN. “Barkley and Jordan were laughing and joking with each other during one of the games while somebody’s shooting a free throw. In the Finals. But, oh, nobody were friends back then.”
James ends an amazing interview — really, read the whole thing — with, “I’m tired of biting my tongue. There’s a new sheriff in town.”
Charles Barkley comes at everyone, so James is not immune to his rhetoric. But, why people always take the high road on Barkley befuddles me. He’s one of the best players to ever play. But, if he continues to ignore the fact that his sorry fat butt never carried a team to a title, even whole playing with the likes of Scottie Pippen and Hakeem Olajuwan.
Barkley was never a leader, never the hardest worker on his team, and while a fantastic player (one of my all-time favorites), he never ascended to the heights of true greatness. Somehow, he continues to feel the need to bash current stars… stars that have long passed him on the NBA historic hierarchy. Sorry Chuck, but Lebron and Steph would’ve run circles around your out of your out-of-shape-pseudo-dedicated-non-championship-having ass.
So again, salute to Lebron for feeding the troll…even though he didn’t have to.
But, Bron didn’t stop there. He had some choice words for Phil Jackson as well.
“I went to see Melo at the Garden two years ago when we were in New York,” James said. “They played Portland. I went up to a suite at halftime, and Phil Jackson didn’t say one word to me.”
This fall, Jackson, unsolicited, brought up James in an interview with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan and described James and his close circle of business associates — Rich Paul, Maverick Carter and Randy Mims — as James’ “posse.”
“I’m here to win ballgames and take care of my teammates and take care of my, what’s that word, oh, my ‘posse,'” James said, animatedly.