by Gregory Moore
DALLAS, Tx – It’s just amazing what rose tinted glasses do to one’s vision these days.
Charles Barkley, aka the Round Mound of Rebound, aka Sir Charles, recently went on a local sports radio show and said that LeBron James needs to add his name to the list as one of the guys who is talking about the former Cleveland Cavalier.
“I heard about LeBron’s little tweet today that he’s remembering everybody who said anything bad about him,” Barkley said Thursday on ESPN Radio 103.3 FM in Dallas/Fort Worth. “And he said ‘everybody.’ Well, I want him to make sure that he puts my name on that (list).
“I thought that his little one-hour special was a punk move. I thought them dancing around on the stage was a punk move, and I thought he should’ve stayed in Cleveland. Him joining Dwyane Wade‘s team was very disappointing to me.”
Okay so Barkley, like a few other former NBA players, thinks what James did was such a disservice to both him and a lot of people.
Can someone explain to me why Barkley left the Philadelphia 76ers, a team that drafted him in 1984 for the Phoenix Suns at the beginning of the 1992-93 season.
Does anyone know why he left?
He wanted to win a championship and the 76ers didn’t have the pieces to do so.
So after eight seasons, and a spitting incident, he left for dryer pastures and got to the NBA Finals with Keven Johnson’s and Dan Marjle’s team.
Yeah I said it.
This wasn’t his team. It was two other superstars’ Suns team.
Barkley proclaimed it destiny for the Suns to beat the Bulls but a guy by the name of Michael Jordan had something to say about that.
Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won that series in six games and that was the last time Barkley even sniffed the Finals again.
So after the 1995-96 season, Barkley departed the Suns and headed down IH-10 to Houston to join another team; the Houston Rockets.
That elusive championship.
The problem here was that Barkley was a year late and far too heavy to be that big of a contributing factor for the Rockets.
Plus it wasn’t his team.
The Rockets had guys like Hakeem Olajuwan, Kenny Smith, clyde Drexler and Robert Horry on that roster.
They were all stars of equal or better shine than Barkley was.
So after four seasons with the Rockets, that included the lockout year that saw the San Antonio Spurs win a title, Barkley saw his career end with only one NBA appearance.
He was a nomad looking for a ring.
And yet he’s upset that James left Cleveland for Miami?
Why did he leave Philly and Phoenix?
Couldn’t the same argument be made about him and so many other ball players who are pros?
After all, what is every pro athlete chasing besides money?
Don’t believe me? Why is Shaquile O’Neal a Boston Celtic now so late in his career?
Because he wants to win another title.
We’ve all talked about the now infamous television mess that showed up on our tvs that July night.
James and his handlers definitely didn’t do the right thing.
But Barkley needs to enjoy retirement and just let the young guy does what is best for his career.
After all Barkley left at least TWO cities that loved him for a title chase and yet he’s considered one of the fifty greatest players in league history.
Nobody thought about what Barkley did in his playing days when he was nomadic and we sure as heck can’t be second guessing James on his ways in this day and age.
Different time, different era.
Yet both players made the same ‘decision’ on their careers at a time when it looked like they bailed on their former team(s).
Rings are important. And that is why they left when they did.
And if you aren’t about the ring, then you just aren’t about winning it seems.