LeBron Sets Charles Barkley’s Reputation on Fire with Postgame Rant
by Brandon Simmons
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been getting beat up left and right this year and it is getting to small forward LeBron James in the best way possible:angry postgame clapbacks. Who is better to receive the wrath of the NBA’s best player than, arguably, the NBA’s best and most polarizing analyst, Charles Barkley?
Last week Barkley claimed the NBA superstar was “whiny” after suggesting his team needed another playmaker, despite having the highest payroll in history. Monday, after the Cavs lost to the Mavericks, James went in on the analyst.
“He’s a hater,” proclaimed James. “What makes what he says credible? Because he’s on TV?”
But the ether did not stop there. LeBron decided to bring up just about every past transgression Barkley ever did.
“I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that. I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model’. I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying. All I’ve done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way”
James even addressed the backlash he and other players of his generation received because of their friendships. He pointed out that Barkley and Jordan were caught laughing during a 1993 Finals game.
He ended his rant by reminding everyone of his role with the Cavaliers and introducing them to a new persona.
“There’s the owner, Griff’s the GM, I’m the player. Screw Barkley. I’m tired.of biting my tongue. There’s a new sheriff in town.”
The Cavs have to be hurting if LeBron. They finished 7-8 for the month of January, including a loss to the lowly Dallas Mavericks. It seems as if the frustration of these losses has become overwhelming. Nobody has really held their punches on what kind of player LeBron is or his legacy; so Barkley is really going about usual business. But for LeBron to jump out of his character and blast somebody for a common opinion means that there is trouble brewing in the Cavaliers organization or the team is inspired to go on a strong hot streak.
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