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Barkley says Nike overprotective of LeBron James

May 26, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

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In the ongoing feud between Charles Barkley and all things Miami Heat, Barkley has now drawn Nike into the fight.

Not that he’s wrong.

In the wake of fans chanting things at Barkley on the set and him responding with a finger gesture (a version of “you’re number one”), then Dwyane Wade backing the fans, the hoop legend and TNT analyst told the Miami Herald that LeBrom James has not said anything to him.

“These athletes today are all wussified,” Barkley said. “I’ve been saying LeBron’s been the best player in the league for three years. And I say one thing criticizing The Decision, and I get a phone call from Nike saying why don’t I like LeBron? It’s interesting how this [expletive] works. These groups today, if you don’t say 100 percent positive about their guy or their team, they overreact.”

Nike does tend to overreact regarding James. As evidence we remind you of the time then college player Jordan Crawford dunked on James and Nike representatives went around the gym trying to confiscate all the tapes. (No, they don’t get to ever live that one down.) They are protecting what they see as their next big cash cow.

As for Barkley and the Heat… what did you expect? Stirring the pot is what Barkley does. It’s a game folks, let’s not overreact here.

  1. philtration - May 26, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    He is right.

    Ok Heat fans. Time to vote thumbs down to prove that you are in the same boat with Nike like a good little sheep.

    Anddddd……….. vote!

    • philtration - May 26, 2011 at 11:30 AM

      Now they vote thumbs up to show that they are not mindless puppies that do what they are told.

      See how easy you are to manipulate?

      • heat256 - May 26, 2011 at 11:45 AM

        Were you born an idiotic douchebag, or did you have to work at it?

      • philtration - May 26, 2011 at 12:15 PM

        So 255 other Heat fans chose the user name “Heat” before you eh?

        Noah was right.
        Give him back his 50 grand.

      • heat256 - May 26, 2011 at 12:24 PM

        No, it was the number of times I pasted your girl’s face with baby batter. That more in line with what you can undersatnd?

      • philtration - May 26, 2011 at 12:35 PM

        I am sure that it was hard for you to understand since it involved a girl.

        Answer the question about the heat256 thing.
        Was “iluvemanbutter” and “dakorninLeBronspoop” already taken too?

    • philtration - May 26, 2011 at 11:55 AM

      Poor Heat fan.
      Knows nothing about basketball so he goers to a basketball forum to throw out insults instead.

      Duhhhh….. me a Internet tough guy safe behind da monitor.
      Maybe you can check your twitter account to see what Katy Perry says about the NBA.

      • heat256 - May 26, 2011 at 12:05 PM

        Oh, let’s hear some nuggets of basketball wisdom from the all mighty Phil. Waiting….still waiting….guess not

        You sound pretty tough yourself. Hope Mommy’s basement is comfy and your relationship with Rosie Palm goes well. Moron.

      • dirtyassfish - May 26, 2011 at 12:31 PM

        I wish youd get filtered. Douche

  2. weston2010 - May 26, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    I guess Nike does not sponsor Barkley anymore! So there goes the rub. Barkley has a big mouth and not much else. Go back and read the comments he made abour LBJ. It is always how and what you say that can hurt/maim a person. Therefore those posters who have children , family and friends you love – a liitle sugar with your comments can go a long way compared to vinegar with your comments. Kindness is a great virtue to cultivate

  3. 1historian - May 26, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    CB gets paid to shoot his mouth off and cause controversy. That is his job description and NOWHERE in that job description is it stated that anything he says has to make sense.

    This ‘ongoing feud’ is a media creation, nothing more nothing less, and all parties concerned in this farce are laughing all the way to the bank.

    • southbeachtalent - May 26, 2011 at 12:37 PM

      Wow I actually agree with you on this. And all this time I thought you were one of Phil’s aliases. Go figure..

  4. southbeachtalent - May 26, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Phil is that you again??? hahahahahahahahahaha honestly you are hilarious! A+ for effort!


  5. dallasdoobman - May 26, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Sir Charles is right, and you know what else DWade & Bosh are gonna needs Lebrons mom to come clean if they think they are winning a championship this year.

    AVENGE 06


    • edweird0 - May 26, 2011 at 1:45 PM

      Hahahahaha all those petty insults aren’t gunna get the bitter taste out of your mouth from ’06 my man.

      • philtration - May 26, 2011 at 1:49 PM

        Speaking of bitter taste….
        How did the Heat’s repeat effort go in 2007?

  6. milkthebull - May 26, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Great article! Did anyone see the funny article about the Chris Bosh trade?

  7. dallasdoobman - May 26, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    If the Mavs win their 4th game in Miami, even your mom will want Jason Kidd & Dirk Nowitzki to tag team & spawn something better than….. edweird0

    • edweird0 - May 26, 2011 at 2:23 PM

      Dam series hasn’t even started and you’re already cranking out the “IFs”

      Hahaha we all know the MAVS and their fans are trying so hard not to think about how they BLEW a 2 game lead AND homecourt advantage…. No matter how hard you’ll try, those nightmares WON’T go away :)

  8. thekingdave - May 26, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Miami Heat fans est. 2010

  9. coltsfanindc - May 26, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    why do ppl who hate the Heat so much(or claim to), ALWAYS show up on posts about them? I actually agree that Nike protects LeBron. But so what!! Phil, you and tooloftools and all these other losers may be suffering from LeBronatomia. the inability to get him out of your system. u guys r more obsessed w/ him than Heat fans. its a little scary. Dont let one man control so much of your lives. we get it, u hate him, the heat, and probably the whole 305. we get it. Now move on.

    • southbeachtalent - May 26, 2011 at 2:42 PM

      Cause their stuck in crummy Ohio. Can you imagine how depressed and jealous you would be if your professional teams where the Browns, Indians, and the Cavs? And the only good thing you had going ripped your heart out on national T.V. while you cried your eyes out like a broken-hearted ex-girlfriend. Thank god I live in the best city in the U.S. and have the best basketball team for the next 6-7 years. Life is good.

      • edweird0 - May 26, 2011 at 2:56 PM

        Word yo, so true. They’re like that bitter ex gf who won’t stop stalking hahahaha

  10. dallasdoobman - May 26, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    skheat skheat skheat

  11. dallasdoobman - May 26, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    whos this guy jerry seinfeld


  12. bittersonicsfan - May 26, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    This Barkley thing is wild. He keeps on baiting the media into writing about him and he’s probably loving it. To be honest, the only interesting thing about his comments is the reaction he gets.

  13. fern361mia - May 26, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Its true so what. It does not matter .

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