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Last week, TNT’s Charles Barkley went off on LeBron for wanting everybody on his team and not wanting to just compete with what he has.
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A few days ago, LeBron responded back to Barkley:
“He has to do that,” James said, as relayed by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “I mean, it’s good for the ratings. That makes no sense in the world. Ever since I picked up a basketball at age nine I’ve competed every single time, so you can never question that about me.
“But that’s Charles. He’s the guy who has to sit on a panel and says stuff like that, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. That means absolutely nothing. I wasn’t even watching last night.”
That was mild compared to what the King said on Monday. Fed up with Chuck disrespecting him and tired of taking the high road every time, LeBron finally let loose during a candid conversation with reporters.
“I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that,” James told ESPN. “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. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that.”
“Go watch the ’93 Finals when John Paxson hit the shot,” James said. “Barkley and Jordan were laughing and joking with each other during one of the games while somebody’s shooting a free throw. In the Finals. But, oh, nobody were friends back then.”
“I know he wanted to retire a long time ago, but he can’t,” James said. “He’s stuck up on that stage every week … and if this makes him want to talk to me, the schedule’s out there. He knows every road arena I’ll be in. Don’t just come up to me at All-Star and shake my hand and smile.”
“I’m tired of biting my tongue,” he said. “There’s a new sheriff in town.”