‘Cavs Never Found the Pippen for Bron’: Richard Jefferson Snaps Back at Charles Barkley for His Comments Against LeBron James

Published 08/05/2021, 6:17 AM EDT
February 18, 2014: Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade #3, Miami Heat small forward LeBron James #6 and Miami Heat center Chris Bosh #1 observe the National Anthem before an NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX Miami defeated Dallas 117-106 (Photo by Albert Pena/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


The Los Angeles Lakers are looking like a talent-packed team after this trade season. The likes of Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, and Dwight Howard have joined LeBron James, making them the most experienced set of players on paper.

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During the course of his 18 years in the league, LeBron James has been part of two big trios. The first time, he joined the Miami Heat Big 3 with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and the following stint saw him team up with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland.

May 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots as Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) moves in to defend during the first half in game four of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The super-team phenomenon in the career of LeBron James

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Considering the concept of super teams that have dominated the modern basketball era, Bron’s career has often faced criticism. NBA analyst and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley recently commented saying, “LeBron has stacked his teams, let’s be realistic.” This statement came after the Lakers booked themselves a superstar roster for the 2021-22 season.

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The 11-time NBA All-Star, Barkley, also suggested that LeBron lies low on the elite ladder of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan because of his super-team decisions. This often stands as the differentiating factor for most MJ-Kobe fans. Both legends have been loyal franchise players throughout their career, unlike the team hopping timeline of LeBron James.

LeBron’s former teammate Richard Jefferson snapped back at Barkley with a sarcastic reply and said, “In all fairness Chuck is right. LeBron didn’t get drafted to a team with Shaq like Kobe. Cavs never found the Pippen in Bron’s first 8 years because he was too good they never drafted that high. Ps… Charles got drafted to a team with Dr.J, Moses Malone, and 2 other Hall of Famers. I see his point though (wink emoticon).”

Los Angeles Lakers eyeing the 2022 NBA championship with a packed roster

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Without a doubt, the Lakers superstar has joined hands with bigwigs in the past. However, Bron’s recent championship in the Orlando Bubble made a different statement altogether. With Anthony Davis on his side, LeBron grabbed his career’s fourth ring in 2020.

Once again, the King will be playing alongside a phenomenal bunch of All-stars next year. Many teams are acquiring fancy duos and trios, including Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, and others, which justifies the Lakers’ full house on the road to the title.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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