Charles Barkley believes that LeBron James hasn’t even passed Kobe Bryant in legacy, never mind Michael Jordan and his legacy.
There is little doubt that the Chuckster would be opposed to superteams when he has the choice. The man has consistently maintained the stance that superteams are bad for the parity of the league.
Barkley himself went and formed ‘superteams’ with Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Scottie Pippen. But he only did this because he was reaching the end of his career without a championship.
Charles Barkley accepted the ‘grind’, as Damian Lillard says, just like Michael Jordan and every other all-time great. A ringless career aside, it would be next to impossible to argue that Charles Barkley is not a top-20 player ever.
With such impeccable credentials as a player and a propensity to keep his talk realistic, Barkley made yet another comment on the GOAT debate in an appearance on Bob Costas’ show.
“Forget Michael Jordan, LeBron James hasn’t even passed Kobe Bryant”: Charles Barkley
Barkley was recently interviewed by Hall of Fame sportscaster Bob Costas. One of the important questions asked by Costas to Chuck was regarding the eternal MJ vs LeBron debate. Barkley picked Michael Jordan with the following reasons:
“I’m picking Michael Jordan. LeBron is amazing, what he’s done in the community is amazing. The reason I give Jordan an edge – I don’t even believe LeBron passed Kobe, let’s get that out of the way.”
“The reason I put Michael up there, above those other guys, is simple. LeBron has stacked his teams, let’s be realistic. What Giannis and Dirk Nowitzki – guys like that did – was go through the grind. And lose, which Michael did.”
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“I was watching that documentary, I was like ‘Damn, I forgot how badly those Pistons beat him up.’ But going through that struggle, that’s what separates sports.”
“Like winning all the time, we all wanna win. But the struggle is part of your legacy. But what Giannis did this year, what Michael did when the Pistons beat the hell out of him, and he’s like ‘No, I’m going to keep getting better, keep getting better.’ That’s the difference in my opinion.”