Barkley has been a very vocal critic of Lebron’s decision to leave Cleveland for Miami. Now he’s ripping Bron for saying race had something to do with the media backlash he got after the big decision.
“It’s like watching a movie. Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider, it gets more stupid,” Barkley told SRI.
Barkley goes on to further question King James’ decision making, and ESPN’s continued coddling of the star.
“Sometimes you just say he’s making bad decisions and you’re like okay, he’s gonna get it together. Then he makes more bad decisions. The thing that’s interesting about LeBron, I don’t think Magic, Michael, and myself, we said we wouldn’t have did it. That’s not a criticism. We were asked a question. I don’t want to play with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, or Michael, I want to beat them. That’s strictly basketball. The only criticism I’ve heard about LeBron and it was my biggest criticism, that decision thing was just stupid. It was stupid. The second thing when they all came out there dancing around on stage, that was silly. That’s the only thing I’ve heard LeBron get criticized about. That has nothing to do with race. That’s what makes this last thing so stupid. That’s stupid. The only criticism of LeBron has been the decision and the one hour of our life that we can’t have back. And ESPN, oh my God. Oh my God. To go down to training camp and report everyday is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen. I’m watching yesterday and one of the guys actually said LeBron looked fierce in practice. I’m like fierce in practice? What the hell does that mean? He was fierce in the second day of training camp. You’re like come on man, he really didn’t say that did he. This summer with LeBron and all the stuff that went on is like a bad movie. You just can’t make this stuff up.”
Barkley is entitled to his opinion, but I think he’s being too critical of James. Barkley was no choir boy when he played. James is young and will learn from his mistakes. Hopefully without Charles Barkley constantly on his back.