Never one to bite his tongue, Charles Barkley spoke out about the new “Miami Thrice” and how it may tarnish the legacy of Lebron James:
“They got three terrific players,” Barkley said. “I was disappointed. I wanted LeBron to stay in Cleveland, to be honest with you. I don’t blame the guy. But I think it would be a lot more important and significant to win a championship in Cleveland than it would be in Miami, if he wins it. … LeBron is never going to be the guy.”
Dwayne Wade countered this point with one just as effective:
“When he got older, he tried to team up with (Scottie) Pippen and (Hakeem) Olajuwon. Why wait until you’re old when you have nothing left in the tank? … There’s just a lot of misconceptions out there about how much talent it takes to win a championship. It’s takes at least two, it takes three to really be a dynasty. That’s what we want to be.”
I personally commend Lebron for not falling into that trap of sticking with the team that will be loyal but never get any championships. No one stays on a team anymore just to be there. If there is no chance of a ring for an elite player, they should leave. It’s better for them, the fans and the NBA. It’s a shame that Barkley, Dominique Wilkins, Karl Malone and Patrick Ewing never got a ring and someone like Adam Morrison of the Lakers has two just for riding the bench. I would hate to see anyone with that much talent finish their career with bad knees and great stats. I guess there’s going to be some tension on the set of those next round of T-Mobile commercials.