I’m not going to spend much time on this.
By now I’m sure you have seen all of the hubbub surrounding the bitch-fest that’s going on between LeBron James and Charles Barkley.
LeBron embarking on a mission to tear down Barkley’s reputation and integrity. LeBron started by calling Barkley “a hater”. Then he followed up with this:
“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.”
Then he concluded his rant by saying “there’s a new sheriff in town”.
All because Barkley criticized his play on the court – not off the court, ON the court.
He called LeBron “whiny” for complaining that he needed help. He said that LeBron doesn’t have “the will to win”. Aside from the latter, Barkley is 100% correct.
The Cavaliers already have the highest payroll in the NBA and Dan Gilbert’s check with taxes this season will be north of $130 million.
LeBron wanted management to re-sign JR Smith. They did. He also wanted them to re-sign Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson. They did.
In terms of trades, general manager David Griffin has done all that he could at this point, pulling off a heist for Kyle Korver. What more could be done without breaking up the core from last season’s championship team?
Memo to Bron-Bron: every defending champion has had their fair share of ups and downs. Teams are going to play their best ball against you during the regular season. Oh, and your squad is by far the best team in the God-awful Eastern Conference. So please do us all a favor and shut the BLEEP up, and ball.
Please, and thank you.