Barkley: Irving ‘stupid’ for wanting trade from Cavaliers

Posted: 13/08/2017 in NBA, Sports
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Charles Barkley has never been a fan of the superteam concept in the NBA, expressing his discontent about LeBron James joining the Miami Heat and Kevin Durant heading to the Golden State Warriors in recent years.

The complete opposite scenario is currently playing out with the Cleveland Cavaliers, though, as All-Star Kyrie Irving has asked for a trade out of town to establish his own legacy away from LeBron James. That’s made Sir Charles question Irving’s desire to win, and seemingly contradict some of his previous remarks in the process.

“You want to be on a good team. You want to play with other great players. This notion where you want to be the man, I just think is so stupid,” Barkley said during a recent interview on NBA TV. “If I got a chance to play with another great player, I want to do that. The objective is to win.

“When (Irving) was on a bad team and he was the man, I guarantee you that wasn’t a lot of fun for him. And now you want to leave the best player in the world. And listen, I hear all of this stuff about how LeBron casts a big shadow. He should cast a big shadow.”

Barkley added that other legendary players like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Shaquille O’Neal all cast substantial shadows of their own, but those around them were willing to sacrifice some share of the spotlight in order to become champions.

“You wanna share the glory. You wanna win. Right now, there’s only two, three, maybe four legitimate teams in the NBA,” Barkley said. “If you’re not on one of those four or five teams, you’re really just wasting your time for like seven months. So I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to play with LeBron. Listen, I wanna play with LeBron now.”

A year ago, Barkley brought up Chris Paul‘s upcoming free agency with the Los Angeles Clippers, acknowledging that Paul too could join a superteam and chase a title. However, the Hall of Famer said “it won’t be the same as leading your team where you’re the bus driver instead of the bus rider.”

That’s essentially what Irving is trying to do here, having had his fill of being James’ sidekick. James could also depart the Cavaliers in free agency next summer.


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