LeBron James: Charles Barkley “needs to shut up”


The Atlanta Hawks heard from Dwyane Wade; Charles Barkley heard from LeBron James. (Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)

Charles Barkley, as he been known to occasionally do, managed to work his way under LeBron James’s skin.

Last week Barkley said on TNT that James’s teammate, Dwyane Wade, was starting to “lose his athletic ability.” After Wade scored 26 points in the Miami Heat’s 101-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, James put the performance in emphatic perspective.

”It means Charles Barkley needs to shut up,” James said. ”I mean, the man’s shooting 80 percent from the floor in the last couple games. Come on, man. That’s like crazy, right? That’s why he is who he is. Unbelievable.”

Barkley’s comments came before the Knicks-Heat game in which Wade scored 13 points on 3-of-13 shooting and the Heat lost. Over the Heat’s last two games, Wade has made 20 of his 25 shots from the field.

Maybe Barkley’s still smarting over that old T-Mobile commercial.

H/T USA Today

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · December 11, 2012