Charles Barkley Should Be at The Top Of LeBron James List Of Critics

Matt BlueContributor IIAugust 13, 2010

Ladies and Gentleman, Sir Charles Barkley is at it again.  His main objective has been to sabotage LeBron’s reputation and public perception by criticizing his decision to sign with the Miami Heat.

I have a very interesting and thought provoking question for Mr. Barkley. What was wrong with his decision to sign with the Heat?

Barkley continues to emphasize his opinion that from a basketball standpoint LeBron should have stayed in Cleveland. The question that must be asked is why?

            The bottom-line is that the Cavaliers organization failed to build a championship team around the best player in the NBA.

Therefore, he decided to leave and sign with the Heat which gives him the best opportunity to win not just one championship but multiple championships along with superstars Wade and Bosh. I guess Charles Barkley thinks LeBron should have been excited to play with the likes of Mo Williams and Antwan Jamison.

The Cavaliers only advanced to the NBA Finals exactly one time during LeBron’s seven year tenure. As a result, LeBron needed a change of scenery and an organization that understands what it takes to win.

Charles Barkley’s animosity and hatred towards the Miami Heat organization is mind boggling and for whatever mysterious reason he never has anything good to say about the Heat.

Last season, he humiliated the Heat by referring to them as a bunch of Tito Jacksons and now he likes to refer to them as the villains and the bad guys. However, who cares as long as this Heat team ultimately wins championships and makes history that is all that really matters.

In sports, you don’t have to win the popular vote all of the time and you don’t have to be loved. As long as you are able to achieve success by winning and as long as you play the game the right way, the team will go down in history as one of the greatest.

Why is Barkley attacking LeBron’s desire to win? The fact is, the critics and haters are only fueling LeBron and his teammates fire. When will Barkley understand that he is only motivating the Heat to prove the doubters wrong with his unwarranted criticism?

It is completely understandable to condemn the way LeBron announced his decision but you can’t disparage the decision he made. Evidently, LeBron just wants to win championships and hang out with his friends on the beach! What is wrong with that?

LeBron is taking names and I am pretty sure Barkley’s name is at the top of his list of critics and naysayers. LeBron has the courage to face the music and he will ultimately make the doubters look silly and pathetic.

Van Gundy’s bold predictions are very achievable for this potential dynasty which is the Miami Heat. As long as the Heat gel and stay healthy, they could very easily match or even surpass the 95-96 Chicago Bulls single season record. Also, they could match or surpass the 71-72 Los Angeles Lakers 33 games win streak. There are many unknown variables that can occur throughout any given season. However, anything is possible when you have a team with unbelievable talent, leadership, and experience.

Barkley needs to calm down and go eat some more donuts. He is entitled to his opinion like any sports commentator or analyist is but the anti LeBron campaign has gone far enough. Whether you like LeBron James or not, his decision should be respected and understood.  If anything, don't hate the player, hate the game.