It didn’t take long for NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley to respond to LeBron James’s latest comments in what has been a recent back-and-forth war of words. The long-distance exchange started last week when Barkley said during TNT’s Inside the NBA that James was being “whiny” and “inappropriate” for stating that the Cavaliers need to add a playmaker when they have the highest payroll in the league.
When asked Tuesday if he felt James crossed the line, Barkley said it was a case of shooting the messenger and that he has no issues with James’s remarks. Barkley states:
“I was laughing, clearly he did some homework… he Googled me and found some things. He was young when I was playing, so I appreciate that, but I’m not upset about it… my criticism was fair and I’m good with that.
Some of the stuff he said about me is correct — doesn’t make the message I said about him incorrect. Some of them are intimidated about LeBron [but] I’m not intimidated at all. I stick by what I said, I’m not going to make this personal… he was all whiny last week. I’m good and I’m straightforward, I’m never going to get personal on an NBA player.”