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Charles Barkley: LeBron James not in my all-time top five, probably never will be

LeBron-James-HeatLeBron James is already considered by many to be one of the greatest NBA players of all time. Should he win several more championships before his career ends, some would argue that LeBron is No. 1. Charles Barkley does not envision that happening.

In a recent interview with SI.com’s Richard Deitsch, Barkley said he currently ranks LeBron just outside of his top-five NBA players of all time. And he suspects James will remain there.

“I have him there. But he can’t get any higher than where he is,” Barkley explained. “I have Michael [Jordan] at No. 1. Oscar [Robertson] at No. 2. Then Wilt [Chamberlain], Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] and [Bill] Russell. I have Kobe [Bryant], LeBron, Tim Duncan, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor after that. Those are my top 10. Those second five fluctuate, but who do I take off my top five?”

Barkley then raised what he believes is a bigger issue — why people don’t give Kobe Bryant and his five championship rings more respect.

“LeBron can get to No. 6 on my list, but here’s the thing that bothers me about the whole LeBron debate: I want to know why y’all killed Kobe Bryant!” Barkley added. “Y’all don’t even compare him to LeBron anymore. You are skipping him for LeBron and going right to Michael. I’m still going to take five [titles] over two. It makes me laugh with my friends — the media just kills Kobe Bryant. Like he’s dead! Five still is a lot more than two!”

I agree. Jason Kidd named his all-time starting five a few months ago and left Kobe out. Karl Malone rattled his off and put Scottie Pippen in over Michael Jordan, and he included LeBron. Still, no Kobe.

If LeBron wins three more championships before retiring, I’m sure Barkley will change his mind. But for now, his argument makes perfect sense.

Charles Barkley: Johnny Manziel could make me root for Alabama

Johnny Manziel OVO DrakeCharles Barkley spent four seasons playing college basketball at Auburn. During that time, he developed a hatred for Alabama like any other loyal Auburn student would. However, he may be willing to cast that hatred aside if it means seeing Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M lose on Saturday.

During an interview with ESPN 1000 in Chicago’s Waddle and Silvy on Wednesday, Barkley said Manziel’s antics over the past several months have made the star quarterback impossible to root for — even when he is facing the Crimson Tide.

“Johnny Manziel, he’s doing something I never thought was possible,” Barkley said, per AL.com’s Mark Heim. “He’s going to make me root for Alabama this weekend. I never thought I would say those words. I am so close to saying ‘Roll Tide.’ Johnny Manziel is annoying me so much. I’m really close to saying ‘Roll Tide.’”

Coming from a guy who tends to cross the line when ragging on Alabama, that says a lot. Manziel has become incredibly easy to hate, and it’s not just because he is a Heisman Trophy winner who has dominated college football. People are also annoyed at the fact that he acted like a jackass after being suspended for a half against Rice. Others think it’s ridiculous that he has a Drake ‘OVO’ tattoo on his wrist.

“(Auburn Nation is) not going to be happy,” Barkley added. “But let me tell you something. Johnny Manziel, oh my God, the only thing saving Manziel is Miley Cyrus. I just think that Johnny Manziel has done a lot of stupid stuff in the last three or four months.”

That he has, Chuck. That he has. Manziel is under a brighter spotlight than most 20-year-olds, but he does very little to deflect the attention. As long as he continues to back it up, there won’t be much anyone can say.

Charles Barkley rips Lakers ‘they stink’ (Video)

I post this video not necessarily because of the content, but mostly because of the delivery.

Charles BarkleyDuring an interview with ESPN on Friday, Charles Barkley discussed some of the offseason moves around the NBA. He defended Dwight Howard for going to Houston, saying the Rockets are a good basketball fit for the center. He said the Boston Celtics will do better than most people think. He thinks the Eastern Conference will be competitive and fun to watch. And then he got to the Los Angeles Lakers. While Barkley thinks Kobe Bryant will return from his Achilles injury and do fine, he’s less optimistic about the Lakers. In fact, Barkley thinks the Lakers “stink.”

When ESPN interviewer Cole Wright brought up the notion that the Lakers’ “championship window” was closing, Barkley interjected.

“Window closing? It’s boarded up. Let me tell you something … the windows ain’t closed, the window’s boarded up like a hurricane’s coming. The Lakers are gone.”

Wright then began to bring up that Kobe is expected to return early from his injury, and Barkley humorously interrupted again.

“IT DON’T EVEN MATTER. IT DON’T EVEN MATTER,” Barkley said when talk about Bryant returning earlier than expected came up. “I love Kobe Bryant. He’s going to come back and probably play pretty good, but the Lakers are gonna stink, bro. The Lakers stink.

“The Lakers … they’re finished for next year.”

Most people agree, which is why they’re already talking about what moves the Lakers will make in 2014 rather than now. Man, Barkley is just the best.

Charles Barkley believes right decision was made in George Zimmerman trial

Charles-BarkleyThe George Zimmerman verdict has been the most controversial topic in America over the past week since the Florida man was acquitted on Saturday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Several powerful figures from the sports world have voiced their opinions on the matter, with most of them bashing the legal system and ripping the jury.

Charles Barkley took a different approach on Thursday. During an appearance on CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” Barkley said he agrees with the verdict and that the media has a “hidden agenda” and are using the case as an avenue to discuss racism.

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Charles Barkley rips Skip Bayless, fat women of San Antonio, Kazaam (Video)

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Charles Barkley had himself quite a night on Monday and made the last episode of “Inside the NBA” this season a memorable one. The excitement of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals had Chuck in rare form before the game, and he continued to deliver the goods in the postgame show after the Miami Heat dominated the Indiana Pacers to advance to the NBA Finals.

For starters, there was the shot Barkley took at Skip Bayless during TNT’s pregame show. Sir Charles was making the point that there are going to be people who blame LeBron James if the Heat lose, despite the fact that Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and others have played so poorly. Barkley said Bayless, who he called “the idiot,” would be one of those people.

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Charles Barkley on Brittney Griner in the NBA: ‘A girl can’t play against men’

Brittney GrinerBrittney Griner is set to become a member of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, who have the first overall pick in the upcoming WNBA draft. That is basically a foregone conclusion at this point, but what about the possibility of pursuing an NBA career?

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban created quite the stir last week when he said he was considering drafting Griner in the second round of the NBA Draft. Griner certainly seems excited about the possibility, but many people feel that it is insane to think a woman could physically compete with men. During an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday, Barkley let it be known that he is one of those people.

“She can’t play against guys,” Barkley said, via Nick Birdsong of AI.com. “I mean, you’re going to go at her, probably aggressively, cause you’re offended that she’s trying to play against you cause it’s kind of an insult to you. But she can’t play with men and I think whether she plays against a guy who has no…cause most of those guys, let’s…who are we kidding? Ninety to 95 percent of those guys who pay in the summer league are never going to play in the NBA.”

UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma shared some similar thoughts earlier this week, saying it would be a publicity “sham” if Cuban ever did give Griner a chance to play for the Mavericks.

“I agree with Geno,” Barkley continued. “I mean, if you brought her in, yeah they’d sell some tickets to the summer league which I don’t understand what type of loser would go to the summer league anyway. But I agree with Geno 100 percent. A girl can’t play against men. It’s just a publicity (stunt). Mark’s one of my great friends, great friends. But a woman can’t play against a man.”

My gut tells me Barkley and Auriemma are right. WNBA legend Lisa Leslie told Larry Brown Sports earlier this week that Griner would have to bulk up to play in the NBA. I’m not sure how easy that would be and I’m skeptical Griner even has the skill set needed to compete against some of the best male basketball players in the world.

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Charles Barkley goes on ‘Conan’ and rags on Michael Jordan for his looks (Video)

Charles-Barkley-ConanCharles Barkley made an appearance on “Conan” on Thursday night and covered a wide range of topics. Conan O’Brien had Sir Charles talking about everything from his personal hygiene to the prospect of him working as a general manager in the NBA in the near future. Conan also brought up how Barkley has been critical of Michael Jordan’s looks in the past, and Charles was happy to elaborate.

“People tell me he’s good looking,” Barkley said. “First of all, he’s not good looking. He’s not. Every man who’s got $500 million is good looking. But seriously, if he was a plumber people wouldn’t be saying he’s good looking.”

And then there was the manscaping talk. Apparently Barkley is big into keeping himself groomed, which Conan couldn’t resist poking fun at him for.

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