Barkley calls out LeBron

Published by David on 10th February - 08:30 (CET)
Recently TNT Overtime analyst Charles Barkley called out LeBron James, questioning his desire to compete, after LeBron publicly asked for a roster improvement.
LeBron responded with a somewhat personal attack against sir Charles.

Barkley's response to LeBron's comments

To summarize this 90210-drama, the critics (Barkley and others) feel that a player of LeBron James' quality playing on a championship team should be content with his current team instead of trying to acquire even more players. There is some truth to this, especially considering the recent acquisition of sharpshooter Kyle Korver.

A lot of debate regarding LeBron's legacy as one of the greatest players of all time has been focused on his lack of “killer instinct” like the great Michael Jordan was notorious for possessing.

The Cavs currently have the highest payroll in the league, exceeding the luxury tax threshold with $13.4 million (which means they have to pay approximately $2.5 per dollar over the limit in taxes) however they lost two of their key role players in Matthew Dellavedova and Timofey Mozgov in free agency while J.R Smith's season was cut short by injury.

Even with the acquisition of Korver, who is an exceptional role player, LeBron knows that his team does not have the depth to compete against the Warriors in a seven game series.

To compare LeBron with two hall of famers in similar situations, one can look at Hakeem Olajuwon and Jordan. Following their first championship in '91, the Chicago Bulls only lost two minor role players the next season while Olajuwon's Houston Rockets lost two of their starters and added All-Star Clyde Drexler in '94.

My stake on this is that even though the Cavs need a roster improvement - especially at the guard position - and LeBron is playing 37.6 minutes per game, trailing only Kyle Lowry, he is still surrounded by three former All-Star players (and still not matching Jordan’s 38.3 minute per games during his '91-'92 season). If you want to be the GOAT, talking about legacy, you have to show that you can be it without asking for the ultimate team!

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