LeBron Just Straight Up Torched Charles Barkley For Calling Him ‘Whiny’
LeBron James wants to win every single basketball game he plays in, so because that obviously does not happen, he gets frustrated. That frustration manifests itself in two forms: exasperated pleas to the officials (who give him more calls than anyone in the sport) and trade requests (the Cavaliers already have one of the highest payrolls in the league). Recently, the Cavs have been on the hunt for a backup point guard and a rim protector, which struck Charles Barkley as the kind of specific request only someone as entitled as LeBron would make.
His criticism was about a 5,000 on the Scoville scale.
"Inappropriate. Whiny. All of the above," Barkley said of James last week. "The Cleveland Cavaliers, they have given him everything he wanted. They have the highest payroll in NBA history. He wanted J.R. Smith last summer, they paid him. He wanted [Iman] Shumpert last summer. They brought in Kyle Korver. He's the best player in the world. Does he want all of the good players? He don't want to compete? He is an amazing player. They're the defending champs."
After Cleveland dropped an overtime heartbreaker to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night -- the eighth loss in their last 14 games -- LeBron decided to clap back by bringing out all the skeletons in Barkley's closet.
If you have welding goggles, put them on now, because this is some white-hot fire.
[ESPN] "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."
"I collect one paycheck from this," James said of his role with the Cavs. "There's the owner, Griff's [David Griffin] the GM, I'm the player. Screw Charles Barkley."
"I'm tired of biting my tongue," James said. "There's a new sheriff in town."
As law enforcement officials are wont to do in the age of Trump, the new sheriff in town took to Twitter in the middle of the night -- presumably because he was still awake putting safety pins into the eyes of his Charles Barkley voodoo doll -- asking the world if he'd lost us.
No, LeBron. You had us at "hello." Also, you had us at "I'm not the one who threw somebody through a window." That shit was awesome. Keep it coming.
Sometimes I gotta just make sure that i didn't lose you. Did I?!?! Did I?!?! Did I Lose You
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 31, 2017
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