Barkley calls Heat a “whiny bunch”
Quite comical and true, Barkley came thru with some angst for the Heat on an interview for ESPN 1000 on Tuesday. He called them “terrific players”, but media wise a “whiny bunch”. Charles Barkley is a TNT commentator and NBA Hall of Famer who played for the Philadelphia 76er’s and the Phoenix Suns in the mid-80’s through the late-90’s. Read the excerpt, courtesy espn:
“He was mad at me for a while,” Barkley said Tuesday during an in-studio guest spot on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “I like LeBron. I think LeBron is the best basketball player in the world right now.
“But him and his guys think because some of us didn’t like that ‘Decision’ thing — that was silly — they got mad about that. Like wait a minute, I always said it’s nothing personal, that thing was silly. We say he’s the best player in the world, but you guys are mad because we criticized ‘The Decision.'”
“[They say] we don’t like the Miami Heat. First of all, that’s not true at all,” Barkley said. “Those guys are actually a whiny bunch. They said a couple times this year, ‘Well the world is happy the Miami Heat [is losing].’ Please don’t flatter yourself. C’mon man.
“We criticize [James] because of ‘The Decision.’ But nobody dislikes LeBron James. LeBron James is a good dude. But I love, ‘The Miami Heat is losing, the world is happy.’ First of all, nobody is thinking about the Miami Heat. You guys are good guys. You’re the guys who came out and said, ‘We’re not going to win 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 championships.’ We’re like, ‘Really.’ They never take any personal responsibility to why people take shots at them.”
“If LeBron had just said, ‘Hey, you know what, I want to win more, I’m going to Miami.’ Nobody would have disliked that,” Barkley said. “I don’t know what that thing was when they came out on stage and said they were going to win seven championships.
“Those are the two things that annoyed people, but nobody dislikes Dwyane and LeBron and Chris Bosh. All three are good guys and terrific players.”