Charles Barkley’s Criticism of Kobe Bryant was Wrong

August 13th, 2010 by Mark Ogarte Leave a reply »
According to an article by Chris Tomasson of, Charles Barkley bashed LeBron James, saying his legacy would take a "serious hit," should he fail to win multiple titles.

Afterward, however, he denigrated Kobe Bryant, too.


"I like him,'' Barkley said of James. "I respect him. I've said consistently that he's the best player. (The Lakers) Kobe Bryant has Lamar Odom, (Andrew) Bynum and (Pau) Gasol. If LeBron had those guys, he'd win. But it's nothing personal (against James)," he added.

Nothing personal about Kobe too, Charles? Your comment about Bryant was flawed, in a lot of sense.

Let's take some time to reflect about last season, when I can note that James also had pretty good teammates to work with. Barkley probably forgot to remember sharpshooter and versatile defender Delonte West, along with tough, reliable big-man Anderson Varejao; capable role players as Jamario Moon and Anthony Parker; and a host of all-star caliber teammates Shaquille O'Neal, Antawn Jamison, and Mo Williams. 

That's a pretty good core, really deep and talented, to say the least, and the Cleveland Cavali ...

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