Charles Barkley: Heat are a 'whiny bunch'

May, 17, 2011
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Haberstroh By Tom Haberstroh
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Charles Barkley has no beef with LeBron James and the Miami Heat, he just thinks 'The Decision' was "silly."

The TNT NBA analyst joined ESPN 1000 Tuesday in studio to preview the Heat-Bulls matchup. Here are the quotables from Barkley from ESPNChicago.com:
"He was mad at me for a while. I like LeBron. I think LeBron is the best basketball player in the world right now.

"But him and his guys think because some of us didn't like that 'Decision' thing -- that was silly -- they got mad about that. Like wait a minute, I always said it's nothing personal, that thing was silly. We say he's the best player in the world, but you guys are mad because we criticized 'The Decision.'

"[They say] we don't like the Miami Heat. First of all, that's not true at all. Those guys are actually a whiny bunch. They said a couple times this year, 'Well the world is happy the Miami Heat [is losing].' Please don't flatter yourself. C'mon man.

"We criticize [James] because of 'The Decision.' But nobody dislikes LeBron James. LeBron James is a good dude. But I love, 'The Miami Heat is losing, the world is happy.' First of all, nobody is thinking about the Miami Heat. You guys are good guys. You're the guys who came out and said, 'We're not going to win 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 championships.' We're like, 'Really.' They never take any personal responsibility to why people take shots at them.

"If LeBron had just said, 'Hey, you know what, I want to win more, I'm going to Miami.' Nobody would have disliked that," Barkley said. "I don't know what that thing was when they came out on stage and said they were going to win seven championships.

"Those are the two things that annoyed people, but nobody dislikes Dwyane and LeBron and Chris Bosh. All three are good guys and terrific players."

Here's the full audio from ESPN 1000 Waddle & Silvy show.

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