The defending champion Cleveland Cavs have lost six of their last eight.
Multiple times during their bad run Lebron James has complained to the press about the make up of the team: in particular the lack of a playmaker off of the bench.
Charles Barkley has had enough of it.
Charles Barkley gets visibly angry about LeBron James wanting more players pic.twitter.com/l16WUXvalz— gifdsports (@gifdsports) January 27, 2017
"Inappropriate, whiny, all the above," Barkley said about James's complaining. [The Cavs] have given him everything he wanted. They have the highest payroll in NBA history ... He's the best player in the world. Does he want all the good players? Does he want to compete ... It just pisses me off that a guy that great don't want to compete."Fellow TNT analyst Kenny Smith agreed with Barkley's assessment. However, Shaquille O'Neal had another take. The big man argued that the Cavs do need more talent, but that James's also erred by taking his gripe to the press.
When Barkley pushed back, Shaq happily reminded the ring-less Hall of Famer that he knows nothing about repeating as a champion.
Do you agree with Barkley's criticism of James?