Charles Barkley absolutely hates super teams. He openly rooted against the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired James Harden to create yet another super team in the NBA.
The NBA legend and TNT analyst recently had an interesting take on his greatest players in NBA history. While social media likes to argue over LeBron and Jordan — Barkley claimed that he would take Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant over LeBron James because of the teammates James has had in his career.
“The reason I put Michael up there before those other guys,” Barkley stated, “LeBron has stacked his teams. Let’s be realistic.”
James, a four-time champion, last won a title with the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2019-20 NBA season.
One of LeBron’s former teammates, Richard Jefferson came scrambling to his defense.
“In all fairness Chuck is right,” Jefferson quipped sarcastically, per ClutchPoints. “Lebron didn’t get drafted to a team with Shaq like Kobe. Cavs never found the Pippen in Bron’s first 8 years because he was too good they never drafted that high. Ps… Charles got drafted to a team with Dr.J, Moses Malone and 2 other Hall of Famers. I see his point though.”
You cannot deny the greatness of LeBron, although many will because he’s had teammates that included Dwyane Wade, Kyrie Irving, Chris Bosh, Kevin Love, Anthony Davis and Ray Allen, but that shouldn’t completely disqualify him from the running.
Barkley also mentioned how much he respects the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Dirk Nowitzki for “going through the grind” the same way that Michael Jordan did. Both Giannis and Dirk are widely praised for winning an NBA Championship without a stacked squad in an era where everybody is trying to team up.