LeBron James left Cleveland to join the Los Angeles Lakers. He will be playing with the team in the next four years. This deal will bring him $154 million. Guess who wasn’t surprised to see LeBron signing with the Lakers? Charles Barkley.
“Not a shock at all. We’ve been talking about it for six months, so I don’t think it’s a shock,” Charles Barkley said.
He also thinks that the Los Angeles Lakers still have a lot to do. “They got a long way to go. It’s going to be interesting [to see] what Magic [Johnson] is going to be able to do. It’s going to be interesting… I think everybody assumed LeBron was going to the Lakers. He’s older, he wants to be probably in the sunshine to finish up his career. LeBron to me was the easy piece. Now comes the hard piece,” Barkley said.
If by any chance this means something to you, Barkley believes that LeBron should’ve stayed in Cleveland. “Stay in Cleveland. He’s a legend there. He’s not going to enhance his legacy. In my opinion, he’s one of the five or six, seven greatest players ever. Winning another ring as a mercenary ain’t gonna enhance his legacy,” he said when asked whether James should do something during his appearance on Golic and Wingo.
Barkley’s guess was correct. He knew that LeBron won’t join the Philadelphia 76ers. “He’s not coming to the Sixers. He’s not coming to the Sixers because he needs the ball, (Ben) Simmons needs the ball and (Joel) Embiid needs the ball. That would make Simmons useless. … He’s not going to give the ball up at this stage of his career. He’s not a great shooter, so you can’t play him off the ball. I guarantee you (defenders) would let him shoot threes all night. Guys would love him to shoot threes. … It would hurt Embiid and Simmons going forward,” he said.
Well, we weren’t surprised either. There’s a strong bond between James and Los Angeles.