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Charles Barkley calls the Heat too “whiny”

May 17, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

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Ever since “The Decision,” the Miami Heat have been seen by many as the league’s biggest villains. However, Charles Barkley, who was no stranger to controversy as a player, thinks that the Heat have made things harder on themselves with the public by playing up an “us against the world” mentality too much this season:

“[The Heat players] say [the people in the media] don’t like the Miami Heat. First of all, that’s not true at all,” Barkley said. “Those guys are actually a whiny bunch. They said a couple times this year, ‘Well the world is happy the Miami Heat [is losing].’ Please don’t flatter yourself. C’mon man.

“We criticize [James] because of ‘The Decision.’ But nobody dislikes LeBron James. LeBron James is a good dude. But I love, ‘The Miami Heat is losing, the world is happy.’ First of all, nobody is thinking about the Miami Heat. You guys are good guys. You’re the guys who came out and said, ‘We’re not going to win 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 championships.’ We’re like, ‘Really.’ They never take any personal responsibility to why people take shots at them.”

Barkley went on to say that none of his criticism of the Heat was meant as a personal attack on LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh:

“If LeBron had just said, ‘Hey, you know what, I want to win more, I’m going to Miami.’ Nobody would have disliked that,” Barkley said. “I don’t know what that thing was when they came out on stage and said they were going to win seven championships.

“Those are the two things that annoyed people, but nobody dislikes Dwyane and LeBron and Chris Bosh. All three are good guys and terrific players.”

The Heat currently trail the Chicago Bulls by a game in the Eastern Conference Finals. If they lose on Wednesday and find themselves in a 2-0 hole to the team with the best record in the regular season, the Heat may not be around to criticize or praise for much longer anyways.

  1. redbear18 - May 17, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    The reason, besides “The Decision”, that I dislike the heat is that it showed players they can bully their team around. Case in point: ‘Melo. He didn’t want to play in Denver, and he forced his way to NY, and there was nothing anyone could do about it. It also affected Deron Williams, who was ok with playing in that outpost of the NBA in Utah, but since he was frustrated with how his team was playing, everyone thought he would leave. The jazz decided they didn’t want to be Cleveland or Denver, so they shipped him off to new jersey, where he’s in an even worse situation. Hopefully this gets fixed somehow in the new CBA.

    • hnirobert3 - May 18, 2011 at 8:33 AM

      This has been going on for YEARS. Magic Johnson stayed an extra year in college because he didn’t want to be drafted by the Bulls. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar asked to be traded out of Milwaukee to the Lakers. The difference is that there wasn’t Twitter, Facebook and 24/7 Sports News stations.

      • philtration - May 18, 2011 at 10:36 AM

        That never happened.
        Johnson came out of Michigan Stat after his sophomore year in 1979
        The Bulls and the Lakers flipped to see which team was going to pick 1st and the Lakers won the toss.
        They drafted Magic and the Bulls picked David Greenwood.
        If Magic had come out the year before, Portland had the 1st pick in the draft and they took Mychal Thompson.
        The Bulls had the 9th pick that year and they drafted Reggie Theus.
        Magic would have never been the # 1 pick in the 1978 draft no matter who had the pick.
        He had not yet established himself at that point.

        You really should avoid just making this stuff up.

      • hnirobert3 - May 18, 2011 at 10:45 AM

        I was slightly wrong. Here’s the article from ESPN:

        http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/18462/magic-johnson-sought-elite-teammates-too

  2. kyleortonsarm - May 17, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    I guess I missed the part where we’re supposed to care what Charles Barkley thinks.

    • passerby23 - May 18, 2011 at 1:35 AM

      If you didn’t care, you wouldn’t be commenting. I actually do care what Charles thinks and I love his candid commentary. In this case, it’s true, the Heat did bring it on themselves. The pre-season celebration, “The Decision,” and the us-against-the-world mentality is annoying. Win a championship and you might win some people over, but don’t sulk and pout when you’re losing and say people are happy about it. You brought it on yourselves.

  3. goforthanddie - May 17, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Speak for yourself Chuck. LeBitch is an arrogant, ignorant ego who doesn’t know when to shut up (hint: 24/7).CryBaby is a…well, an overpaid crybaby. Can’t see too much to like in either case. And I don’t know that the TEAM is whiny, since only 3 people are allowed to speak for it (4 if CryBaby gets to say HI to mom).

  4. dvic13 - May 17, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    You clicked the link to read a story about Charles Barkley, and took the time to respond. I think u answered your own question

    That “championship celebratio” before the season started is the only thing I disliked about the Heat. You can’t showboat like that and wonder why people “hate” on you.

  5. cosanostra71 - May 17, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    I actually do dislike LeBron, and it’s because of the arrogance that Barkley spoke about. He’s been showing it for years, with no rings as of yet to show for it. You hear stories about LeBron dropping $170,000 at a Vegas nightclub then complaining to ESPN to take down the story about it, compare that to hearing stories about Kevin Durant spending his offseason working with his teammates and Kobe Bryant spending his offseason working with Hakeem Olajuwon. The stories that the media choose to pick up and not pick up may play a role in this obviously, but nonetheless, LeBron has not done much to help himself. He should just stay quiet and start winning. LeBron just appears to be totally out of touch with reality.

    • borderline1988 - May 17, 2011 at 8:17 PM

      Most NBA players would drop $170k at a nightclub. I’m sure Kobe Bryant knows a thing or too about spending money as well (Durant is an exception to this rule).

      But stop with your BS about working hard in the offseason. Lebron has improved various aspects of his game remarkably over the offseasons. His jumpshot, 3pt. shot, ability to finish with his left hand, dribbling abilities, etc. No one knows how hard these players really work behind the scenes, but when you look at results in regards to skill improvements, Lebron is far and away number one.
      There is no evidence of Kobe being a hard worker. He’s just really intense when he gets on a basketball court, whether in practice or in a game.
      And I find it hilarious about how you say ‘Lebron has not done much to help himself’ – when talking about stories that the media picks up. If anyone is guilty of that, it’s Kobe. His off-court antics speak for themselves.

      But in the end, no one cares about that if your team wins championships. Kobe pulled so many stunts, but he’s the most popular player on Earth because he has 5 rings.
      Everyone hates Lebron, but if the Heat wins the NBA championship this year, perception will change instantly

      • davidly - May 18, 2011 at 10:19 AM

        Your first paragraph is based purely on your own speculation. “Most NBA players would drop $170k at a nightclub”? Would, when what? I don’t get it. And what’s Durant’s exception? He doesn’t spend money? He doesn’t gamble?

      • ladyjesq - May 18, 2011 at 12:28 PM

        I find it “hilarious” that you have the audacity to say that “everyone hates Lebron” given he has the highest selling jersey in the NBA. It seems like you’re the one who needs to change his “perception.”

    • miami4allday - May 18, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      Its his money Hater, he can do what he wants with it!

  6. fdjlakers1 - May 17, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    I think D Wade is the greatest, but he doesn’t choose his friends very well. I dislike James for a number of reasons:

    1. He cussed out his MOTHER on national TV a few years back by telling her to “Shut the F— up and sit down!” after she was arguing with a ref’s call. That was classless.

    2. He stormed off the court and wouldn’t shake the hands of Orlando after losing the series with them. That was classless sportsmanship.

    3. He just gave up in the Celtics series last year, as if he just didn’t care.

    4. The way in which he left his Cleveland fans was ugly, self-serving, and classless.

    So Charles, although I don’t have anything against the rest of the Heat team (and I especially respect Wade a great deal), I simply don’t like James and hope Chicago takes them to the cleaners.

    GO LAKERS! (next year, unfortunately)

    • goforthanddie - May 18, 2011 at 12:35 AM

      I dare say, LeBitch’s mom has proven since then that she does indeed need to STFU. She acts like someone who matters, when all she’s done in life is spread her legs and birth LeBitch.

      • southbeachtalent - May 18, 2011 at 10:33 AM

        Wow, that’s disrespectful don’t you think?

        Bunch of spineless cowards on these boards….

    • miami4allday - May 18, 2011 at 10:23 AM

      Get over it, KOBE was crying for help until he got Gasol. The only reason he did not leave was because he was under contarct. If he was a free agent he would have also left. It was his choice to leave, and he did!

  7. flyers28 - May 17, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Your wrong, most ppl do want the heat to lose. James is a joke. Talented yes, but doesn’t have what it takes to win playoff games when it matters.

    • southbeachtalent - May 18, 2011 at 10:31 AM

      James is a two-time mvp, I would hardly call that a joke.

      You’d love James on your team.

      • andyhr17 - May 18, 2011 at 3:49 PM

        Lebron is great at racking up individual awards. When it comes to team success, in my opinion, he will always come up short.

  8. miami4allday - May 18, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Tell Charles to win a Ring then speak

    • southbeachtalent - May 18, 2011 at 10:40 AM

      He’s a blow hard. All he does is speak nonsense. He and Reggie Miller love to hate. They both have 0 rings combined.

      • cosanostra71 - May 18, 2011 at 12:56 PM

        kind of like LeBron

  9. yeahthatsright1 - May 18, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    I don’t believe for one second that any of you wouldn’t want LeBron on your team. You are a flat out liar and completely full of s#!t if you say you wouldn’t be happy he was on your team. So any of you who have anything to say about him as a player STFU. Ignorant, Jealous, Asshats….

  10. qube3223 - May 18, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    its the world against them cause that decision n barley should very ashamed for talking bout lebron when Boston made that same decision n the past

  11. chitownmatt - May 18, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Personally, I don’t have anything against the Heat, Wade or Bosh.

    What I have against LeBron is, that he stood up and said he was going to the Heat because he wanted to win…. Clearly if he wanted to win, he would have come to Chicago.

    He should have been honest with the world and said, “I don’t care about wining championships in the NBA, I just want to live in a mansion on the beach and go deep-sea fishing from my 50-footer.”

    • southbeachtalent - May 18, 2011 at 3:45 PM

      So you don’t like LeBron because he didn’t go to the Bulls?

      That about sums up how EVERYONE in Cleveland, Chicago, New Jersey, and New York feels.

      I would also bet if he would have chosen your team, the “decision” wouldn’t have pissed you off that much. And by you I mean EVERYONE. Don’t get me wrong I’m not knocking you, atleast your honest.

      BTW the series isn’t over yet so the consequences of his decision have yet to be measured.

      And yea, the fishing, women and lifestyle don’t hurt.

  12. southbeachtalent - May 18, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    The Heat players] say [the people in the media] don’t like the Miami Heat. First of all, that’s not true at all,”

    Tell you what Chuck, let ESPN make a poll on like/dislike (media/fans) for the Miami Heat and that quote will sound as stupid as you do. You’re a brain-less idiot if you haven’t figured out that the Heat are the most hated team in the league. What completely blows me away is that your in that line of business, that’s what you do for a living!? Completely out of touch with your profession..

    BTW we, the fans, don’t mind it at all.

  13. alltimeballa - May 23, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    I can read right through Charles barkley…..He is saying what he knows makes The Heat play better/harder. Its reverse psychology. Charles is a smart guy!

  14. gracerefuge - May 24, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Barkley is right. Three superstars joined together because they weren’t clutch enough to win it all as the team’s star. They already took a shortcut to win a championship the easy way by running to the Heat. There is just a whole vibe and attitude on the Heat of spoiled children and posers. They’ll win some championships, but it will symbolize this younger generation that doesn’t have the toughness to win like true legends of old.

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