“Some of the stuff he said about me is correct — doesn’t make the message I said about him incorrect,” Barkley said. “Some of them are intimidated about LeBron [but] I’m not intimidated at all.”
Barkley Responds to Wade & LeBron Throwing Shots at Him: ‘Clearly, He Googled Me’ (Video)
TNT’s Charles Barkley has heard the comments and has finally responded back to Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lebron James on Chicago Radio.
“I stick by what I said, I’m not going to make this personal … he was all whiny last week,” Barkley said on the Waddle & Silvy show on ESPN Radio. “… I’m good and I’m straight forward, I’m never going to get personal on an NBA player.”
“I was laughing, clearly he did some homework … he Googled me and found some things,” Barkley said. “He was young when I was playing so I appreciate that, but I’m not upset about it … my criticism was fair and I’m good with that.”
A fed up LeBron James was finally sick and tired of Charles Barkley talking about him so he finally responded Monday night and got real personal in the process.
“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.”
Wade piggybacked off Lebron’s comments on Tuesday:
“Thank God he finally said something,” Wade told reporters. “LeBron — a lot of guys take a lot of shots at him. For whatever reason, he’s always been, of all of the great players in the game, he just has kept his mouth closed and continued to focus on what he need to. But it’s about time he said something. Guys ride on him, especially ex-players. When you got a history — when you can go and Google your history — you need to be a little careful of what you say.”
“Sometimes, when guys get a microphone in front of their face, they just talk and talk and talk and forget about their history. We all make that mistake, especially that guy on TV (Barkley), he’s acting like he just walked on water. I like the fact that ‘Bron called him out and told him about himself a little bit. Humble yourself. LeBron is who he is, we all have flaws, but when your flaws are a little bit more, you should shut up.”