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Look, there's no denying that Cleveland Cavs superstar LeBron James is still the most dominant basketball player on the planet. Even with Russell Westbrook doing what he's doing, Stephen Curry draining shots from everywhere on the floor and James Harden putting up mind-boggling stats night after night, James can take over a game like no one else can, willing his team to victory thanks to his strength, power and speed.
That said, James has also shown to be a dram queen at times—and that ugly side of him reared its head a couple of weeks ago when he said publicly that his front office needs to, "get a f*cking playmaker" for his team to have a chance to repeat as champs. It was James' cry for help.
Fast-forward a few days, and TNT analyst and Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley felt it necessary to reply to LeBron, calling him out by saying this on TV.
The TNT crew has a heated discussion surrounding LeBron James' recent comments 😁 pic.twitter.com/YbsmP8LWxP— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 27, 2017
When LeBron James was asked about Barkley's comments, the usual stoic and respectful LeBron went after Chuck's legs, getting personal with his reaction.
"He's a hater," he said. "What makes what he says credible? Because he's on TV?"
"I'm not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that," he told ESPN. "I'm not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, 'I'm not a role model.' I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying."
James added: "All I've done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that."
In addition to being calculated in nearly everything he does, James is also a basketball historian, understanding and respecting previous players who excelled in the game; like Barkley did. So this is either James showing that he's super frustrated and a little worried about the thought of potentially being embarrassed in a NBA Finals rematch with the Golden State Warriors, or just one of those times where he really showed he's human.
Something tells me that the always outspoken Sir Charles will be replying "in kind" to LeBron James in the days to come.