LeBron James Comments on Iconic Last-Minute Shenanigans From Michael Jordan’s 1993 NBA Finals

Published 09/19/2021, 11:46 AM EDT
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers makes an angry face before the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


LeBron James has yet again taken to social media to fight his personal battles with sly digs and comments. He has now seemingly taken a subtle jab at the Suns and 76ers legend, Charles Barkley. When an NBA Insider and social media sensation, Cuffs the Legend, tweeted about the 1993 NBA Finals, LeBron replied. And he did not hesitate in getting on the wagon of criticizing Barkley.

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Considering that Barkley has always been open about his criticism of LeBron, James took this opportunity to remind him of some of his own mistakes.

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LeBron James knows that Barkley was one of his biggest critics in the past. And Barkley recently made a bold claim that it was media pressure that pushed LeBron to join the Heat. He made it seem like LeBron needs superstars on his team to yield results.

On ‘The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz,” Barkley talked about how James’ failure to win a championship during his first tenure with the Cavs contributed to his signing with the Miami Heat.

MIAMI, FL – JUNE 25: LeBron James participates in the Miami Heat 2012 NBA Championship Celebration at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)

“Everybody feels the pressure,” Barkley said. “That’s why LeBron left Cleveland the first time.”

“First of all, now you got social media so if you’ve got any of that, which I don’t have, you’re like, ‘Oh you suck as a basketball player because you haven’t won a championship,’ and LeBron’s one of the best ever to do it. So he went to Miami and ever since then, the guy’s like, ‘Hey man, these guys are gonna kill me on TV and radio if I don’t win a championship, so I’m joining the other stars.’”

Therefore, this was an opportunity for LeBron to remind Charles about his own mistakes from the past. Cuff’s response to LeBron’s reply indeed confirms that LeBron was talking about Barkley.

What about the 1993 NBA Finals was LeBron James talking about?

In the 1993 NBA Finals, Charles Barkley’s Phoenix Suns faced Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls. Barkley had come off of an MVP season and Jordan had a point to prove. At game 6 of the finals, one minute left to play in the fourth quarter, Bulls were down by 4.

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After letting Michael reach the basket for a quick score, Suns faltered to a shot clock violation in their ultimate play. Being down 2 points, the Bulls called a time out. Coming back from the timeout, Barkley shared a few words with Scottie Pippen.

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Barkley was notoriously famous for his trash talking. And in game 5 of the same series, Barkley told Pippen “You can’t guard me”. That incident combined with the words of Barkley before the last play brought something else out of Pippen. After Barkley failed on an attempted steal and left the lane wide open for Pippen to drive. And well, the rest is history.

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So, was this tweet a means for LeBron to remind Barkley about karma? It seems so.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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