LeBron James still isn’t good enough for Charles Barkley


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While a lot of former NBA players praise what LeBron James has done, Charles Barkley has his own reasons to believe James is not even on Kobe Bryant’s level.

Last year, TNT analyst and NBA Hall of Famer Barkley said that James would never be a top-5 NBA great, and there’s nothing he could do to change that.

Meanwhile, on May 23, Barkley, during an interview with Mike & Mike, said that LeBron isn’t even on Kobe Bryant’s level, USA Today reported.

According to Barkley, LeBron would need to beat the Warriors (again) in the NBA Finals just for him to consider James in the same tier as Kobe.

“If LeBron is able to beat the Golden State Warriors, I might move him up to Kobe Bryant’s status. Michael (Jordan)’s got six championships – that’s a whole other planet. LeBron has three championships. He’s one of the 10 greatest players ever. If they’re able to beat the Golden State Warriors, that would be incredible. And I’d put him on the same level as Kobe Bryant at that point…,” Barkley said.

“I don’t understand why people just move him right by Kobe Bryant. Bryant won five championships. He’s done some things we’ve never seen before,” said Barkley.

Arguably one of the best shooting guards in the history of the NBA, Kobe Bryant holds career averages of 25 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 4.7 apg in 36.1 mpg.

Bryant was a 18-time All-star and won the NBA title 5 times with the LA Lakers, where he played his entire 20-season career.


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