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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. LakerFan4Life - Aug 16, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Cleveland will be at the bottom of the pack this season, fighting against NJ or the Clippers, to see who’s going to have the least amount of wins. Before all this, you could feel sorry for them, but after reading all this hatred spewed out by their fans, all anyone will think is “U reap what U sow…”
    All Lebron needs to do is, win a Finals game or two with some of his trademark heroics, or win the Finals MVP award (highly possible/probable), and all you naysayers will have to shut up.

  2. HateisCrazy - Aug 16, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    I live in SFLA and am a longtime NBA fan, before we got the Heat. When it became apparent we may get Lebron after the Wade/Bosh announcement, I was torn… I’ve seen Lebron take over games in the clutch many times – some against us, and seen him do it in the playoffs… but against elite teams he didn’t.. not like Wade did against the Pistons and a great Mavs team. That said I felt that his MVPs were warranted – even the year Wade lead the league in scoring. My concern was about wether he could play ‘selflessly’ enough to fit-in on a real team…
    I was also concerned about the ridiculus ‘decision’ and just worried about someone so full of himself to schedule something like that.
    In the end though, after research and thought I’ve realized the following:
    1. Lebron James is 25… I did many regretful things at that age. And he is not making these decisions himself – his marketing team of longtime friends and relatives are all under 30yrs old. They are making mistakes – and I don’t think it’s because Lebron is an egomaniac… I really think they just don’t care as much about the ‘bad-press’ they are working from the standpoint that all press is good press. It is a business decision – not specific to Lebron.
    2. Lebron is an incredible selfless player. He has made the ‘right’ play so often in his young career it is incredible. He and Dwayne give the ball up when teammates are making shots more in their career than Jordan/Kobe did in their first 7 years. They both take over when they are hot or when the team needs it because no-one else is hitting – otherwise they make the right play – if that means scoring or passing – they are both high-assist average players… much higher than Jordan/Kobe because they are better at getting the best from those around them.
    3. Lebron has a long-time friendship with Wade/Bosh. He has friendships with others as well – but this is key to making this possible. Bird hated Majic, they both disliked Jodan, and who liked Barkley? Those other guys either did not come into the league together or didn’t like each other…. I do NOT think Lebron would have made the decision to come to Miami if he ‘hated’ Dwaye or Bosh the way Bird hated Majic.
    So, I do think this team will work and I do not think Lebron should be hated because of his decison. How he went about it is another story – and people are just piling-on becasue it’s fun to bash. I’ve always hated the Yankees as a kid and been happy when they lost or had problems – it’s interesting to see the other side now… just weird to see the hate when the Heat haven’t even won anything yet – let us win 3 in a row – then all the hatred for Lebron, Wayde, Bosh will be fun.

  3. Drexel - Aug 17, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    The money? You are aware that by him leaving the Cavaliers he will be getting payed a lot less with the Heat.

  4. kevy - Aug 23, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    How could you say that they was a bad team,when they had the best record two yaers in a row- if thats bad then i’ll play for them

  5. dog9dog - Aug 23, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    Charles did the same thing with Houston Rockets (1996–2000).

  6. Thomas - Aug 24, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Right on David, i agree with u one hundred percent. Everybody wants a ring before they retire, regardless of what it take to get it. If Charles was absolutely sure that he would get a ring if he go to the heat and just sat on the bench. What do u think he would do? Well then.

  7. James - Aug 24, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Charles Barkley didn’t go on television to annouonce his decision. Nor was he in his prime.

  8. just saying - Aug 25, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    I want to thank everybody who responded to comments posted by the idiot David!

  9. Happy with It - Aug 25, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    Ok, in several major sports I’ve been frustrated and dissapointed that talented players aren’t willing to take less cash in order to put a team together. If anything I’m disappointed they didn’t take a bigger cut to get a better roster. They are already ahead on the tax front and all this hype will give them even more endorsement dollars, especially Bosh who is now getting more attention than ever. No diss on him, he’s an all star calibre player.
    As for the whole hour/decision thing. Cheesy, awkward, well I didn’t watch it, just highlights. But big deal. How many average janes and joes get some sort of fame for no reason and then milk it as far as possible on some reality show. Lebron’s a big deal, a major sports star, ESPN gives him an hour, makes more sense than most of the junk on tv. Without the show and the other hype moves Lebron did there wouldn’t be as bad a taste or backlash with all this but it’s over. He should have held up a gatorade or a coke and smiled, it’s the way everything works anyways. Power to the guys who aren’t as commercial, by choice, but if you’re going to attack Lebron, attack everything else.

  10. CaliCavsFan - Aug 26, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    a Bad Cavs team? Are you serious? This is a team that won sixty plus games two years in a row. Most of the Basketball “experts” and analysts picked the Cavs to win the East last year and play the Lakers. And speaking of the Lakers, although it was only regular season games, the Cavs easily dismantled the champion Lakers by twenty points on Christmas day and then beat them again the next time they met. I’m sick of all these revisionists saying that the Cavs did not put a team around them. Prior to the playoffs Cleveland was considered one of the deepest and most talented teams in the NBA. Now in the plays here’s what happened, Cleveland ran into a Boston team that was playing inspired, out of this world basketball and when the going got touch you could see Le Bron lost interest and look scared. Where was the passion we saw from his historic series against the Pistons. In the past I could say the did not win a championship because of the role players but last years team was clearly good enough and it was not the team’s fault but Le Bron’s, Also saying that Cleveland is so bad is not giving Boston enough credit. Anyone who watched the playoffs could see how inspired and amazing Boston was playing team basketball.

  11. Jason - Aug 27, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    If Lebron’s in it for the money, he would have stayed in Cleveland.
    Lebron took a pay cut to join the Heat.

  12. bigbaby - Aug 27, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    yr right !!!

  13. los - Sep 1, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Dumbest comment yet.. Lebron is in it for the money. He left 30 million on the table, idiot!!!!!How many atheletes do that in order to win, he should be applauded.

  14. Ken - Sep 4, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    I don’t read about what every athlete says about Lebron, but here are some who I would imagine are NOT BASHING HIM FOR CHANGING TEAMS TO WIN HIS FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP:
    Gary Payton
    Karl Malone
    Kevin Garnett
    Shaquille O’Neal
    And I can’t imagine that Charles would mind if, say, Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon had left their teams to join him.
    What’s that you say? HE left a team to join THEM? Well, I guess speaking your mind is a good quality — when there’s something reasonable ON your mind.

  15. corn - Sep 5, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    I am a lifelong Barkley fan, and he is wrong!! He left philly when they where making the playoffs, same in phoenix. Got to Houston and couldn’t win it. It takes two superstars, or a team of 5 stars to win a championship. Jordan didnt do it by himself. Shaq didnt do it by himself. Garnett didnt do it by himself. If you guys listenedto Tha King, he told you the history of the NBA in the last 20-25 years. It takes two, three is even better. If you guys didnt hate, Bron Bron would have no fuel. Keep talking!!!!

  16. Anonymous - Sep 6, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Bad Cavs teams? They won 66 games for Christssake.

  17. Troy - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Barkley is saying, the 1 hour special was a “punt” move, the sorry ass dancing was a “punk move”. Not staying in clevland was “dissapointing”
    Chuck is a DIVA with a huge EGO, but sometimes he’s right.

  18. David Baratko - Sep 9, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    James used the excuse that he wanted to leave Cleveland because he wanted to win rings. He broke down against Orlando, the next year in the playoffs against Boston.It must have been a realization that if he did win a championship with Cleveland then what would his excuse be. He discouraged other players from coming to Cleveland, which would further help the teams chances in the playoffs. Of course he could not win a ring in Cleveland, he made sure of it.

  19. Regularkat - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:47 AM

    Grow up brother Garrett , that was straight up a punk statement, you took it a little too far don’t you think. Hey we don’t even know if that sh– is true, rumors can hurt brother, don’t go there. James may come off as a little kid sometimes but we all don’t have to feed into immaturity or gossip.

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