“I’ve only met LeBron casually,” he said. “He’s always been great to me. I think I’ve been great and cordial to him, but this notion that we have to be friends — we’re never gonna be friends. And that’s not a negative thing. I’m not friends with none of these young guys. My job is to do my job.”
Barkley Says Young Guys Like LeBron Call You a ‘Hater’ For Any Type of Criticism
I don’t care how you feel about Charles Barkley, he is 100% correct.
On Monday, LeBron fired back at Charles Barkley and his constant criticism of him, even going as far as calling Chuck a ‘hater’.
When Barkley caught wind of the comments, you know he had to respond and he kept it classy instead of firing back at the King.
“I have no problem with what LeBron said,” Chuck said Tuesday afternoon on ESPN 1000 Waddle & Silvy. “Some of it was true. I did pay my debt, that’s not true. I was never late to the All-Star Game, so that’s not true. But I don’t overreact, I’m not gonna say anything personal, or anything like that. I stick by what I said. He was all whiny and everything last week.”
“I’m not gonna get upset that someone said something bad about me, I’m not like 12 years old,” Barkley said. “My initial criticism was fair, and I’m good with that.
“I think when you don’t like the message you just kill the messenger. Some of the things he said about me were correct, that still does not make my message incorrect.”
Barkley initially called Lebron ‘whiny’ for his comments about wanting another playmaker on the team.
“We need a f—ing playmaker. I’m not saying you can just go find one, like you can go outside and see trees. I didn’t say that.”
On Tuesday, he called him ‘whiny’ again, while also making a great point about young players calling everyone a ‘hater’ when they get criticized.
“Well, I thought he was whiny and complaining the last couple of weeks, talking about you got no help,” Barkley said. “And I’m just like, ‘Dude you just won the championship, and it’s the middle of the season and you’re just bashing your teammates.’ I think that that wasn’t right.”
“Listen, any time you criticize any of these young guys, you’re a hater. C’mon man, you know that’s silly,” Barkley said. “Any type of criticism of any player today, that’s the word they use: ‘hater.’ They never ask you is the criticism fair or not.”