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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. R U Ready for some Football? - Aug 12, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    It’s amazing how much venom is being spewed on this blog. I am not even an NBA fan and could care less about LBJ but I do get entertainment reading these commentaries. JohnnyB says… “All of those guys are optimizing their chances to be successful! It is no difference than any CEO leaving any Corporation for greener pastures.”…. Hmmmm… I can’t recall one CEO from any company leaving to join 2 other CEO’s to run another company together to optimize their chances. Congratulations…. you have EARNED a nomination for the ESPY Moron award with that comment! And also up for nomination are Ohio Lebron Fan Post with the following uneducated post…”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.”AND “Too Amazon’s post”…”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”…NICE! The difference here is most respectful people who decide to leave their employer for greener pastures give notice to their employer….and not with an hour long TV special.

  2. JOHN - Aug 12, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Let me say this again. If Jordan, Barkley, and M.Johnson had the opportunity to play with each during their NBA careers they all would have done so. As you noted in your article , Barkley retired w/o ever winning a championship ring. I’m sure he would have welcomed a Ewing, or a L arry Bird on one of those Philly or Suns teams. Besides both these teams went to the playoffs during Barkleys playing days there.
    JON

  3. just wondering.. - Aug 12, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    Hmmm.. what if Lebron can’t get a ring in Miami after 2 or 3 years? Would he kick Dwade’s butt and move on? Is a traitor always a traitor?

  4. hibekisensai - Aug 12, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    Whatever happened to “Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game”???
    The reason why Jordan, Barkley, Magic, etc. can’t understand it totally is because they are of a different era and have egos bigger than the freakin universe. Jordan never would have won without Pippen, who in my opinion was way better than D-Wade by a mile. Chris Bosh is an above average player but not dominant. Shaq and Kobe had above average players on their championship runs. Why didn’t Pierce, Garnett, and Allen get hated on for kinda starting this whole notion of putting team before superstar status?
    Lebron may have an ego rivaling Jordan, but his decision makes sense. He is clearly hands down the best player on the Heat and the best in the NBA. If the Miami Heat win chamionships, it will be because they earned it. Remember, love the Yankees or hate them, they still had to go out and play the games, and win all the championships. And seriously, do you honestly think Dan Gilbert would have turned away Wade and Bosh if they wanted to play in Cleveland with Lebron?

  5. Burnie the Mascot - Aug 12, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    Why is Barkley hating on Lebron? Dwayne Wade will still be in his top five. Turrible!! Turrible!!

  6. BIll-Sonora - Aug 12, 2010 at 11:54 PM

    C’mon David,
    The Timberwolves were a bad team. The CAVS were not a bad team. Cant compare the 2 teams.
    Everybody know theres nothing wrong with a older player going to a team to try to get a ring.
    How can you compare that to Lebron?
    Use your head.

  7. BIll-Sonora - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    C’mon David,
    The Timberwolves were a bad team. The CAVS were not a bad team. Cant compare the 2 teams.
    Everybody know theres nothing wrong with a older player going to a team to try to get a ring.
    How can you compare that to Lebron?
    Use your head.

  8. FAN - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    “Lebron is in it for the money. Not the competition.” “He probably doesn’t even care if they win a championship.”
    So THAT’S why he left Cleveland. I think you MAYbe right.
    MAX deal, NO rings, a KING’S ego to go with HIS city, AAAND…he had BIIIIG Zeek! Why’d he go?????
    Go David though!!! GREAT point! Garnett should have stayed in Minnesotta where HE couldn’t get the job done either as THEIR MVP. Oh yeah,and Kobe won all of his rings by himself, just like Mike.
    New age, same craze, CHAMPIONSHIPSSSSSSSS
    P.S. “CHUCK” Barkley, PUT the pipe DOWN.

  9. Zax101 - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    David,
    Your talking different circumstances with the Garnett trade. It was a trade and Boston paid him the highest salary offered. LeBronze (best third place player in NBA) picked the Heat regardless of the money offered. He knows he has to have a lot of help to get to the finals. Shame he couldn’t learn from Jordan, Magic or Bird….Only problem is he has to be as good as Jordan, Magic or Bird (which he isn’t)

  10. butch - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:06 AM

    great job, charles.i willyoufakiesloan my 44 mag, if needed.

  11. Bill-Sonora - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    EXACTLY!
    FINALLY!
    SOMEBODY GETS IT!

  12. Anonymous - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    Let’s face it – the only way Barkley even got to the Finals is because the Western Conference Finals were fixed that year! And don’t start with me – as far as I’m concerned, the NBA is, was, and always shall be a FIXED league! So who really gives a rat’s patootie?

  13. chris - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    charles barkley is a hater and a loser who always got a opinion about sumbody mad because lebron goin to win rings sumthin he could never do a player like lebron get judge about rings and he knows that so he put himself in da best situation to win so what so bad about that cleveland fan get over it now ya’ll are a expansion team

  14. Russell - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    Wow. What a bunch of losers you people are. Charles barkley is the punk here. Always has been. Dude could never win a championship so he has to talk crap about another super star. This is the same guy that tried to punk out on paying his casino tabs. LOSER!!!! Do us a favor Charles and just disappear for good. Lebron has accomplished more than you in way less time. When all is said and done, you Mr. Barkley, will never be mentioned in the same sentence as Lebron.

  15. randy - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:33 AM

    I’m not sure about being a “punk”, but James is definitely an ego maniac. His one hour clown show and the goofy spectacle at the Heat arena was insulting to all the great players who have played before including Charles. Maybe James can learn something from watching Kevin Durant, but I’m not holding my breath. Now we get to witness James playing “victim” because people want to hold him accountable. He’s even keeping notes on who disrespects him. I hope he has a big tablet.

  16. dk - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    Lebron didn’t choke he, quite in the play-offs, he knew his decision,and where he was going to play this season. Lebron needs to grow-up.

  17. Gman - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    Charles is right. For years Kobe had to deal with people saying he could not win without Shaq. That would have been Kobe’s legacy. Robert Horry has seven NBA championship ring but you never here people say much about him. Lebron has been given superstar status. If he had stayed with Cleveland it was just a matter of time. Cleveland had the best record 2 years in a row and they did go to 1 NBA finals with Lebron so he did have a good team. Just needed a better coach. When he wins with Wade, Lebron will wear the same tag as Kobe before Kobe won without Shaq, can’t win one without Wade. Lebron’s legacy will be no better than Horry no matter how many rings he puts on. Sometimes its just better to know that you gave it your best and not win than to make it easy so you can win. Yes you are right Charles Barkely, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, and Reggie Miller never won a ring but they are known for their legacy they left with the game of basketball. What will Lebron James legacy be?

  18. Patricia - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    Right on jk. Charles is the best. He is the most honest of all athlete’s. He is talented, speaks his mind and doesn’t care if your black or white. I respect his opinions.

  19. Anonymous - Aug 13, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    Hey Dickbrain: Stop trying to be cute and look at your own moron comment. You said, “NICE! The difference here is most respectful people who decide to leave their employer for greener pastures give notice to their employer….and not with an hour long TV special.” You missed the point entirely! Lebron James was no longer a Cleveland Cavalier employee. He was free to go where he wanted to. And how he wanted to. You’re just jealous because you don’t get a TV special announcing your entrance into the company mailroom!
    Now let me ask you Mr Stupid. Do most employers give any consideration for its dismissed employees except a pink slip? If Gilbert wanted to dump Lebron, do you think he would give him a head’s up? The rules of free agency are structured whereby Lebron owed Gilbert nothing! The kid gave it his all for 7 years. Jordan couldn’t beat the Piston’s when they threw 3 guys at him on every possession in the playoffs. And Lebron couldn’t beat the Celtics who were doing the same thing. If Cleveland wanted Lebron to stay they should have manned up years ago, and kept Carlos Boozer. Put him on that same Cav’s team and you would be looking at a back to back NBA Champ. And as far as your real dumb CEO comment goes. Have you ever heard of a novel concept in every corporation called a Board of Directors? Don’t stress out your pea brain. Major corporations load up their boards with CEO’s, former CEO’s, Upcoming CEO’s and a myriad of all star talent (as much as they can buy)to oversee the new star CEO they just hired on the team. And yes, those board Chairmen and CEO’s have a whole lot to say about how a corporation is run and governed. Dummy!!!! Look before you leap! Board assignments on major Fortune 500 level companies are some of the most coveted positions in America by active and former CEO’s. And they seed the active CEO positions across the corporate landscape. Plus all major corporations have numerous CEO’s in waiting in the Executive VP positions. You obviously never graduated past the Mailroom!

  20. Bill-Sonora - Aug 13, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    “…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…..”
    YOU MAKE A GOOD ARGUMENT. BUT THE POINT IS THAT ITS DISAPOINTING THAT HE WOULD RUIN OR LESSEN HIS POTENTIALLY GREAT LEGACY BY MAKING THIS MOVE.THIS PLAYER IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN ALL THE PLAYERS YOU MENTION AND COULD HAVE LED HIS TEAM AND CITY TO MANY CHAMPIONSHIPS AND THAT WOULD HAVE MADE HIM GREAT. UNFORTUNATELY WE WONT SEE THAT WITH HIS CURRENT SITUATION/TEAM. AND HE DEFINITELY WONT WIN ANY MORE MVP AWARDS. TOO BAD

  21. wearethem - Aug 13, 2010 at 1:27 AM

    Fear and Loathing in the NBA!
    Charles is just upset that his attempt to join a group and win a ring failed. Maybe all the years of alcohol poisoning has destroyed his memory.

  22. bone - Aug 13, 2010 at 1:52 AM

    Barkley went to the rockets later in his career not his prime….kg was on bad teams…cavs had best record 2 years in a row unlike kg

  23. Jon G. - Aug 13, 2010 at 1:59 AM

    Chuck lost me on this… and has reminded me of what a punk HE was as a young 76er. First, he said that LeBron would “never be the man’; guess what, Chuck – neither were you! No rings on your fingers, and now I see you as an Ali-wannabe.

  24. ray mitchell - Aug 13, 2010 at 2:34 AM

    Lebron is a bitch period!!!!!

  25. another Joe - Aug 13, 2010 at 2:35 AM

    few words, well put!

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