Dwyane Wade on Charles Barkley: ‘He acting like he just walks on water, and I like the fact that LeBron called him out’

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Charles Barkley has been needling, among others, Dwyane Wade for years. LeBron James even told Barkley to shut up about his then-Heat teammate.

LeBron cut much deeper into Barkley last night.

You can bet Wade had his friend LeBron’s back.


K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

Some of Barkley’s criticisms are fair. Some of them are not.

Neither is intentional.

Barkley seeks the take he can present most entertainingly. Whether it’s fair or not is merely coincidental.

That’s his job, and nobody should take him seriously. Enjoy his show, sure. Just don’t get too wrapped up in it.

But that’s easier said than done when he’s talking about you. Barkley has learned there’s greater entertainment value in criticizing LeBron rather than championing him. That obviously sits poorly with LeBron and Wade, who realize Barkley wouldn’t like someone unfairly emphasizing/overplaying his flaws for entertainment purposes.

Will Barkley learn his lesson? We’ll have to watch his next show to find out — which is exactly what he’s going for.

Barkley is too good at his job to lose this battle.