Charles Barkley Takes on NBA Media: “Are We Still Talking About Michael Jordan? Michael’s Been Retired for 30 Years!! And LeBron James is Great!”

Published 12/17/2021, 9:00 AM EST


Charles Barkley has had his say regarding the Michael Jordan vs LeBron James debate. He is sick and tired of it and the media covering the issue week after week. The debate is pointless and serves no purpose other than creating unnecessary tension between fans of the two players.

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Charles Barkley speaks out on this debate

Barkley appeared as a guest on The Pat McAfee Show recently. He talked about his plans for the future and also took a shot at journalists talking about the debate. 

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I think it’s weak personally to have that debate all the time because I think when you have no talent you have to make up s*** to talk about. Are we still talking about Michael? Michael has been retired for 30 years and LeBron is great. I got a lot of love and respect for LeBron”, said Charles Barkley during the podcast.

Barkley also mentions how comparing the best duos of that era and of this era is a more fruitful debate than comparing two fantastic players.

LeBron James vs Michael Jordan: A useless debate.

LeBron James and Michael Jordan are the greatest basketball players in their generation. The comparison between the two has been going on for many years now.

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Although they both played the same sport, they are two very different players playing at two different times. Jordan’s era of basketball revolved around physical and fundamental basketball, with the best shooters bringing in 3-pointers. Tough defense was the best offense, and it was an era of historic rivalries. Now the game has too many trades and everyone is trying to create a super team.

LeBron James and Michael Jordan had very different support. Jordan had undoubtedly the best basketball team ever around him. James couldn’t get a championship in Cleveland, but with the help of stars like Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, he won two championships in three consecutive finals with the Miami Heat.

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Both of them are the greatest players in their respective generations. It is time we stop talking about this issue and start admiring both of them.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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