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LeBron James has had enough.
The NBA superstar has been getting some heat over his thoughts on what he feels the Cleveland Cavaliers need to do to repeat as NBA Champions.
TNT’s Inside the NBA analyst and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley recently had some rough words for James during a recent broadcast.
“The Cleveland Cavaliers have given him everything he wanted,” he started. “They have the highest payroll in NBA history. He’s the best player in the world. Does he want all the good players? He don’t want to compete? He’s an amazing player, but they’re the defending champs. He’s got Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Does he want everybody? He don’t want to compete? He want to be the favorite all the time? It just pisses me off that a guy that great doesn’t want to compete.”
Those words didn’t go over so well with James who decided to react to his comments by calling him a “hater” before going all out to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
“I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that,” James said of Barkley. “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.”
See Barkley’s original comments below.