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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.

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  1. 76er Fan - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Maybe Charles thinks no one remembers his punk moves. This is the same guy who basically pouted his way out of Philadelphia when they couldn’t build a winner around him. Then when he couldn’t get a ring in Phoenix engineered a move to Houston to play with Hakeem and Scottie Pippen (and failed again).

  2. ScottP in Bwk - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    And what team did “The Round Mound of Rebound” leave to try and win a title? And then he did it again! And then he did it again!
    Please just go back and try to get your golf swing straight! You have no room to talk!!!

  3. Matt - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Because he was pretty much done his career and was going for that last grasp. NOT in his prime and referring to himself as “the King” all the time. What he did is what has been happening for years: (See Karl Malone, Gary Payton, etc.) The difference is they joined an established TEAM when they were having a final run at glory. Not early in their careers which was when he was playing against Jordan and Pippen in the NBA Finals.

  4. t - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Very nice comment David, maybe Barkley will read it & shut up.

  5. h - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    wow you went there!

  6. Anonymous - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    So if Pat Corleone traded for Lebron & Bosh, no one would have a problem with it?
    Oh and daily article bashing Lebron—Check~!

  7. Tom H - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    LeBron learned from the players before him, but got smart. Malone did it. Payton did it. And yes, the fatman, Charles “I wish I had hooked on Phonics” Barkley did the punk move too. Only problem ? They did it all past their prime so the only thing Charles could do in Houston was eat Burritos and stand under the basket. LeBron must of thought… Hmmm I can do that too but I will do it early and get better results, Maybe….
    Shut up Charles, go invent a Wii game or something.

  8. Ohio Lebron fan - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    The Cav’s owners mad a lot of money because of Lebron. They were a no place franchise before him. I’ve had the priviledge of watching him play in high school and in the NBA. Last year at the final of the State HS tournament my son watched him go out on the court when his high school team ASVSM won and talk, comfort the kids on the losing squad… He’s done a lot for kids, held it together as a young man whose had a lot of success early, and his true fans wish him well and will continue to root and follow his career. NONE of you trash talkers would stay in a job that didn’t afford you the best opportunity or where you felt you had the control to change the outcome. If you say different you are liars and/or losers… Michael and Kobe had a franchise willing/able to pay to win by surrounding them with more talent. Lebrons being vilified more than a guy that raped a girl in a hotel room? Save it you bleeding hearts. As for the old Celtic, Bulls, Lakers , Knicks guard… back then you were the only franchises with no international presence etc. Lots has changed… quit the bashing and enjoy the show whatever the outcome.

  9. LakerFan4Life - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    So what’s your point? That the only time you should be willing to leave a team to go be a winner is when you’re all washed up, and have nothing to offer? Miami won in 2006, but for the last several years they haven’t had a chance. Now they’re being picked by some (not me… Go LAKERS!) to win it all, and maybe even be a dynasty. And that’s all due to LeBron coming over now. Nobody was talking dynasty when it was just D-Wade and Bosh. It was never going to happen in Cleveland. Now he has a chance. Nothing wrong with that.

  10. Ohio Lebron Fan - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Are you kidding me ‘that Michael earned it?’ Reinsdorf surrounded him with talent under the constant threat he’d leave… the game is differnt now. there are more ‘names’ out there than when Michael made his splash… aka Gambler, cheater, nice move playing for the Sox to avoid suspension, superstar???? No relationship with his kids, divorced, gambler… = loser post Bulls… (and I’m from Chicago!)

  11. flowerpot - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    How is it that of the many who now claim that the espn broadcast was a bad idea did not think so before the broadcast? I’m being led to believe that the majority condemns the show. Why did they watch it?
    I think that Lebron, after fulfilling the terms of his contract, had every right to exercise his options. And it is beyond my understanding how it is that people cannot see the hypocrisy in the statements of Barkley, Jordan, and Johnson.

  12. Ohio Lebron fan - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Michael played six years with Chicago before he won a championship (post college) and Lebron played seven for the Cavs right out of high school… he’s paid his dues….

  13. don - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Charles…You are such a loser. You have no shame. Clean up your own horible image before you throw stones at others and you have so much to clean up. You will never learn and you are such a poor role model for young people and continue to show why. SAD!!

  14. tooamazon - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    The whole truth and nothing but the truth. I was beginning to think I was the only one remembering that he switched jobs. I’ve done it in my career and would do it again if it did not provide what I needed to take care of my family comfortably. Relocate for better schools, leave for better pay, leave for a better retirement plan, it’s all the same.

  15. renee - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    charle is only the commentaire speak truth and i love him for that

  16. MG of IL - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    Charles Barkley has never been at a loss for words and never has hesitated speaking his mind. At the same time I wonder how he has felt (or would feel) having every former basketball player, sports analyst or couch potato make comments about a decision or move he made.
    LaBron put his time in at Cleveland, helped the city and its economy. Sure it was probably sad to see him leave but other great players have made similar decisions – right or wrong. Since when is a player obligated to stay in one place, play for one team or do as others say?

  17. Tina - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!! I have never seen people with so much hate for a man that has done absolutely nothing wrong but choose another team to play for. That was his choice. So the CAVS won 66 games they never showed up during the playoffs and everyone expected LeBron to do it all. I am sure he was tired of carrying them jokers every night!!! As for Barkley, he talks too damn much for somebody that was one of the dirtiest players without a ring in the NBA back in the day! He is always trying to find something to say about LeBron. His azz need to look in the mirror all that gambling & DUI crap, spitting on people! LeBron has not done any of that. I wish LeBron the best and all his true fans will support him wherever he plays at!!!!! I hope he wins and wins and they can all kiss his BUTT! Even if he loses I am sure as far as he is concerned you can all kiss his azz!!!

  18. thomas - Aug 12, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Everyone is mad a Lebron for what? Because he lost the trust for his team? I applaud what Lebron did. His team knew what was going on behind his back and they still laughed at him behind his back. So, u call him a punk…..I call him a very wise young man. And I hope he disappoints all of you against him by accomplishing his goal.

  19. Jimee Johnnson - Aug 12, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    At least Charles’ motivation is not racial.

  20. Anonymous - Aug 12, 2010 at 10:05 PM


  21. JohnnyB - Aug 12, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Barkley didn’t wait until the end of his career to bail out of Philly. He was already on a dream team in Philadelphia (Dr J, Moses Malone, Bobby Jones, Mo Cheeks, Andrew Toney). But he couldn’t take them to the promised land.He then joined KJ,Dan Maejrle, Danny Ainge and others in Phoenix and failed. He then took his mercenary act to Houston with Akeem the Dream, Scottie Pippen, Kenny Smith and others, where he failed to deliver. In fact, Pippen publicly criticized him for being “fat, out of shape and lazy”. And all the while, between each of his stops, “Sir Charles” always publicly stated his desire to join MJ and Scottie in Chicago. So basically Chuck, I like you and your candor a lot. But you need to seriously get off your pedestal about Lebron James. You tried to do the same thing and it just never worked out. This is sorta like your comment about being “misquoted” in your own autobiography. It has no cred. Because you bailed out too.
    Lebron didn’t quit on Cleveland. Bosh didn’t quit on Toronto. Miami isn’t D. Wade’s team. All of those guys are optimizing their chances to be successful! It is no difference than any CEO leaving any Corporation for greener pastures. If they weren’t successful where they were. No one would want them. Last time I looked, Miami was Mickey Ariston’s team. And he along with Pat Riley just did a fabulous job of out hustling most of his fellow owners, who got suckered into this gambit. But hey. I am enjoyuing it. In one fell swoop, the 3 amigos have created a lot of excitement for the NBA. And they have made the entire league much more competitive. So get over it Chuck. We all know you would have joined MJ in a country minute in Chicago if the opportunity had presented itself.

  22. Josh - Aug 12, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    ummmmm did you say “Barkley speaks with the new basketball populist voice”?? Really? Has Barkley become our new “populist voice”? LoL that is pretty gross. Barkley is clearly somewhat of a moron, a token “jock” commentator who apparently has very bad alcohol and gambling problems, and was, in the final analysis, a LOSER in the NBA. Watching Barkley spit out some “controversial” statement while trying not to fall asleep on live television, half-stewed on brews and baskets of french fries, is just bad TV. Seriously… is that the best that the network and the NBA can do? Anyways, let’s get to the point: Barkley, who never won a ring, can’t say ANYTHING anymore about Kobe, who he put down for years, but who is now clearly in a different basketball universe altogether from Barkley. So Barkley is taking shots at Lebron, who, at least in Barkley’s mind, is more of an equal: a strong talented all star NBA forward with no championships. So this will be Barkley’s new thing every show every episode–and the more success Lebron has and the better he plays, the more Barkley will (again) be on the losing end of this.

  23. Josh - Aug 12, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    Maybe Barkley will start placing drunken bets every night against the Miami Heat, taking bad point spreads from razor sharp bookies, placing huge bets on his cell phone while sitting on his fat *** in the TNT lounge with his mouth full of nachos “mmmmmmMMmmm Yeah, make it $250k for Atlanta to beat Boston tonight. mmmmm.” *crunch* *much* That would just be hilarious: Barkley is $25M in debt from betting against Miami, he claims he doesn’t know who the bookies are, claims he has no knowledge of Vegas, claims he doesn’t owe any money, claims he never bets on the NBA… and drunk again on TNT saying “that damn punk Lebron.” LOL BIGTIME

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  25. luffy - Aug 12, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    Barkley is absolutely right, he said this stuff because he don’t want LBJ to commit the mistakes that he did. He wants LBJ to build his own Dynasty not being a waterboy for D-Wade.
    You people who say that LBJ’s move is his right are very much correct, yes it’s his right agreed but you people are obviously not playing basketball, you don’t know the essence of competition that the great ones are talking about, you’re just watching games and saying comments that are not of competitive level. For many people LBJ was looked up as the next big thing, next MJ, kid has talent but the Decision made him look stupid and a loser and will never be in the level of MJ, Magic, Bird, Kobe, etc. Even if he wins 10 rings, he’s always gonna be known as the great loser…

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