LeBron James: ‘I’m not going to let Charles Barkley disrespect my legacy’

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LeBron James has had enough of Charles Barkley’s negative comments and criticisms. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar and one of the league’s best players called out the former NBA player and now NBA analyst as a “hater” and even questioned his credibility as an analyst for TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” What made LeBron pissed off this time is when Barkley called him out for being “whiny” with regards to his recent request for a “playmaker” to improve the Cavaliers’ roster this season.

“Inappropriate. Whiny. All of the above. The Cleveland Cavaliers, they have given him everything he wanted. They have the highest payroll in NBA history. He wanted J.R. Smith last summer, they paid him. He wanted [Iman] Shumpert last summer. They brought in Kyle Korver,” Barkley stated during one of the “Inside the NBA” episodes recently, via ESPN.

“He’s the best player in the world. Does he want all of the good players? He don’t want to compete? He is an amazing player. They’re the defending champs.”

LeBron James finally responds to Sir Charles

After that LeBron has responded against Barkley. Even getting personal against the former player who had history of attitude problem inside and outside the court.
Barkley played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets in his NBA career. He won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in 1993. He made the finals that year and lost to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the championship series.

“I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that. I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. 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,” James said in the ESPN article.

LeBron James got too personal with Charles Barkley

“It’s not a problem. If you’re a drug addict or an alcoholic, those are problems. I gamble for too much money. As long as I can continue to do it I don’t think it’s a problem. Do I think it’s a bad habit? Yes, I think it’s a bad habit. Am I going to continue to do it? Yes, I’m going to continue to do it,” Barkley said in a USA Today article in 2008.

LeBron James and the Cavaliers are just 7-8 in January and they are one of the struggling teams this stretch of the season. The frustration is setting in for the defending champions and their best player. Most of the losses came against LeBron’s rival teams including the San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors and bad losses to non-playoff teams New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks.

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