Recently, TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley got the chance to sit down with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch to talk about the upcoming NBA season.
One of the most notable parts of the interview was when Richard asked Barkley where Miami Heat star LeBron James would be on his all-time greatest players.
Below is what Charles responded with:
SI.com: Where should we place LeBron James right now in a historical context? Is he a top 10 all-time guy right now on your list?
Barkley: I have him there. But he can’t get any higher than where he is. I have Michael [Jordan] at No. 1. Oscar [Robertson] at No. 2. Then Wilt [Chamberlain], Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] and [Bill] Russell. I have Kobe [Bryant], LeBron, Tim Duncan, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor after that. Those are my top 10. Those second five fluctuate, but who do I take off my top five? LeBron can get to No. 6 on my list, but here’s the thing that bothers me about the whole LeBron debate: I want to know why y’all killed Kobe Bryant! Y’all don’t even compare him to LeBron anymore. You are skipping him for LeBron and going right to Michael. I’m still going to take five [titles] over two. It makes me laugh with my friends — the media just kills Kobe Bryant. Like he’s dead! Five still is a lot more than two!
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