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Charles Barkley is on LeBron's list now, calls the decision a "punk move"

Aug 12, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

cbarkley.jpgIt’s August, but Charles Barkley is in mid-season form.

He went on ESPN Radio in Dallas Thursday (via FanHouse) and aligned himself with the many people who now see the Miami Heat as the league’s villains. And he’s having none of LeBron’s “taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me” either.

“I heard about LeBron’s little tweet today that he’s remembering everybody who said anything bad about him. 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.”

Barkley did not recruit and team up with another superstar while playing in Philadelphia or Phoenix. He also does not have a championship ring.

Barkley speaks with the new basketball populist voice — there are a lot of people inside and outside the league now rooting against the Heat. There will be plenty more negativity like this for James to take note of.

And yet when the Heat are on the television ratings will go up, when they are in your town tickets will sell out. And they will win. A lot. And if they can get a ring in the next few years, anything Barkley says will go in one of LeBron’s ears and right out the other.

144 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Manny - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Dude,
    Charles Barkley was on 790 the Zone in Atlanta a while back talking about this subject and he chopped it up real nice. Charles was nicely saying that the players that played in his day was trashing the decision. Oh, and he kept referring to the Heat as “Dwayne Wade’s team.”
    And he laughed and called the decision to go on ESPN stupid. Barkley was off the chain on 790 the Zone. I think the interview is still on their archives.

  2. ocgunslinger - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Say what you will about Charles Barkley but no-one has ever said that he does not openly speak his mind. He is only saying what a lot of players and fans are thinking and saying,since he is right on target and LeBron can put me on his large and expanding list.

  3. David - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    What about that time where he quite happily went to Houston to team up with Dream and Drexler? Was that not all about trying to get a championship before he retired? I really don’t get the problem. Everyone was lamenting the sad story of Kevin Garnett toiling away on bad Minnesota teams before the trade to Boston. Why would James need to do the same thing on bad Cavs teams, instead of learning from that and going to the Heat now?

  4. jk - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    I love Charles. Saying what we all think.

  5. garrett - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    “I’M KEEPIN A MENTAL NOTE” Lebron needs to keep a mental note of all the guys skeetin in his moms!!!!

  6. John Q. Public - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    David: Cleveland had the best record in the league last year, if that’s bad a lot of teams would like to be that bad. If anything, Lebron couldn’t seal the deal. He’s a choker and needs help and you should get your facts together before posting.

  7. Nick - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Sounds like Barkley is still haunted by not winning a championship. He acts like he would turn down going to Jordans Chicago Bulls if he had the chance. What a meathead.

  8. Jon - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    I’m amazed that people don’t get it. No one would have blamed James if he joined a team on his own like Barkley did it at the end of his career. In fact, he would have gotten far less flak if he would have joined the Bulls, for example, even though that would have also put him in great position to win a championship. It’s the way he went about it that was cowardly. He couldn’t go somewhere on his own. It’s more than an admission that he can’t do it with a good team. It’s an admission that he can’t do it without two other superstars. It’s an admission that he fears competing against his peers. That’s how it’s perceived and that’s why he lost a lot of respect. Time will tell, but James has probably ceded any possibility of being linked with the games greatest stars — no matter how many championships he helps Dwayne Wade win.

  9. Phil - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Barkley, Drexler, and Hakeem were all in the twilights of their careers when they teamed up. They weren’t the go to guys anymore.
    Same when Malone and Payton went to the Lakers.
    Lebron was the most talented player in the league (not the best), leaving the team with the best record, had just won the MVP, was 2nd in the league in scoring, etc…., when he jumped ship. He took the easy way out to go party with his boys in Miami. He probably doesn’t even care if they win a championship. Not saying you or I wouldn’t do the same thing. Who knows.
    Lebron is in it for the money. Not the competition.

  10. Joe - Aug 12, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    LeBron is the guy who shows up to a fight with his two toughest friends because he’s afraid to get his butt kicked again.

  11. Poor Charles - Aug 12, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    The man made a good sports and decision and everyone starts tripping. Yes the show was stupid and generously watched. Didn’t Jordan, Barkley’s so called best friend use to play mind games with himself about opponents dissing him. Bet him won’t call Michael a punk.

  12. Rob - Aug 12, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    They may forget him but he will still be right.

  13. Sonny - Aug 12, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    I see your points except for one…the Cavs were a BUILT team! They were NOT “a bad cavs team”…They won 66 games and more than 60 another year!!! They just didnt win it all…Period. Lebron and the Cavs can only blame themselves for that…Going to Miami maaaaaaaaay end up being an easier route if all goes as is on paper…but trust it is not guaranteed…

  14. Bitterblogger - Aug 12, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Barkley is right about the punk move(s). But not in that he had to stay in Cleveland. He wasn’t going to win there (say what you will about whether that was his fault solely).

  15. dick - Aug 12, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    femme

  16. dick - Aug 12, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    femme

  17. andreas - Aug 12, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    We are in America and American Sports.
    Win bay win.
    Charles Barkley is just selling himself.
    As a player he could not carry Lebron’s lunch box.
    Character is for people who have too much time on their hands.
    Without basketball Lebron James is just another guy, so don’t expect him to be a decent human being with dignity and values, for crying out loud, he is a basketball player.
    His list, that is funny, he must have picked that up from Michael Jordan after the Hall of Fame Speech.
    There is another guy who thinks he has something beyond basketball.
    Not.

  18. Joe - Aug 12, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    “They may forget him but he will still be right”
    Right about what? That he wasn’t good enough to win something without help from 2 other superstars? A championship (if he even gets one) without respect means little. Don’t kid yourself. These guys all want respect too. And right now, because he only wants to compete with, and not against, the game’s best players, LeBron doesn’t have a whole lot of it. No one earns respect for trying to take the easy way out. Whatever titles he wins will ring hollow with a whole lot of people.

  19. WTF - Aug 12, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    WTF…..listen sorry but can somebody tell james he still has to grow up all the help in the world wont help if he doesn’t…. cause look at bryant he couldn’t win until his mentor(jordan’s mentor) taught him how to win…any way barkly can we switch the subject to your gambling problem see you need to mind yours f..k..g business laker fan….

  20. will - Aug 12, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    later for charles. how many playoff teams did he have with philly? does anybody remember a playoff run that barkley had with the 76ers? I dont think he played in one eastern conference final while with them. He went to phoenix and they got made by the Bulls and that was it! When he was in college his Auburn teams never made it to the final four. it seems barkley more and more even with his loudmouth is playing the party line.

  21. Anonymous - Aug 12, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  22. dustin - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    The move to miami was a punk move. Like it’s been said before, cleveland was not a bad team. James simply couldn’t be more patient. It took jordan years to earn his first, and patience played a large role. The difference between the two (jordan and james) is that jordan earned every last bit of his legacy. James is taking the easy way out in a situation where he could have worked harder and achieved the same goals. That will affect his legacy, champion or not. Great players make names by inspiring those around them to play better. Jordan did, Magic did, Bird did, Isiah Thomas did, etc. Lebron obviously couldn’t do it. Can we blame him, maybe..maybe not. What I can say is that he won’t ever recieve the credit he would have gotten had he earned a title in cleveland.

  23. John - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    “Barkley did not recruit and team up with another superstar while playing in Philadelphia or Phoenix. He also does not have a championship ring.”
    Um, yeah. And the reason he doesn’t have one is that he had to play Michael Jordan in the ’93 Finals. The same reason Ewing, Miller, Stockton and Malone never get rings, and Payton didn’t get one until he was way past his prime. LeBron wouldn’t get any rings either if he had to play against Jordan in the playoffs.
    Now, the fact that Barkley also didn’t win any rings in ’94 or ’95 (when he couldn’t beat Hakeem Olajuwon) is a different matter.

  24. Salty - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    I’m sure that Charles would love to have played with Jordan and Pippon if he had the chance. I have no problem with him going to any team, but the way he did it with not letting Cleveland know first and that hour long Decision show was friggin ridiculous.I was embarrest for anybody involved, including Pat Riley.David Stearn should fine everybody involved for being stupid.

  25. m - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Chuck Barkley is right on. I was for nor against him but I do think it was a punk move.

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