Charles Barkley Puts LeBron’s Latest P.R. Nightmare Into Perspective
Since nearly everything that comes out of Charles Barkley’s mouth requires any clarification or further embellishment, let’s cut to the chase and see what the eloquent Elder Statesman of Roundball had to say about LeBron’s latest public relations snafu when he and his camp argued that race had something to do with the harsh criticism he received due to his exodus from Cleveland and from hopping into bed with ESPN for “The Decision.” And no surprise, as usual, Sir Charles is spot-freaking-on in his commentary during his appearance with Howard Eskin and Ike Reese on Philly’s WIP.
Via Sports Radio Interviews:
On LeBron talking about race being an issue in the criticism he’s received:
“It’s like watching a movie. Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider, it gets more stupid.”
On LeBron continuing to make bad decisions:
“Howard I’m telling you. Sometimes you just say he’s making bad decisions and you’re like okay, he’s gonna get it together. Then he makes more bad decisions. The thing that’s interesting about LeBron, I don’t think Magic, Michael, and myself, we said we wouldn’t have did it. That’s not a criticism. We were asked a question. I don’t want to play with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, or Michael, I want to beat them. That’s strictly basketball. The only criticism I’ve heard about LeBron and it was my biggest criticism, that decision thing was just stupid. It was stupid. The second thing when they all came out there dancing around on stage, that was silly. That’s the only thing I’ve heard LeBron get criticized about. That has nothing to do with race. That’s what makes this last thing so stupid. That’s stupid. The only criticism of LeBron has been the decision and the one hour of our life that we can’t have back. And ESPN, oh my God. Oh my God. To go down to training camp and report everyday is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen. I’m watching yesterday and one of the guys actually said LeBron looked fierce in practice. I’m like fierce in practice? What the hell does that mean? He was fierce in the second day of training camp. You’re like come on man, he really didn’t say that did he. This summer with LeBron and all the stuff that went on is like a bad movie. You just can’t make this stuff up.”
On the catering to LeBron:
“No question. They do realize the Lakers have won the last two championships. If you’re going to cater to somebody at least cater to the guys who have actually won the last two championships. They have definitely crossed the line and this is unprecedented. This is unprecedented ass kissing.”
God bless Charles Barkley. Nobody does it better or tells it straighter than that guy.
Charles Barkley on LeBron’s latest race comments: “It’s like watching a movie. Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider, it gets more stupid.” [Sports Radio Interviews]