Charles Barkley Smacks Kyrie Irving Over LeBron James Apology
Kyrie Irving is making headlines with the apology he offered over the weekend. The Boston Celtics star called LeBron James and apologized for the attitude he had back in Cleveland. LeBron appreciated it, and fans said Irving had matured. However, Charles Barkley was not quite amazed with that.
Charles Barkley was the top critic and even said that Irving threw his teammates under the bus. Ernie Johnson asked Barkley if Irving is really mature.
“No, because — like Shaq said — he says, ‘When I called LeBron, I said, “I want to apologize because I used to be a young guy like these young guys, and I think I wanted everything handed to me.”‘ So he threw the guys under the bus.”
Charles Barkley said it all
Barkley said the Boston Celtics are a game away from the NBA Finals without Irving.
“We made it to the conference finals without you,” Barkley said. “Your job is to get us past the conference finals. We were one game — we were in Game 7 in the finals last year … and you are our highest-paid player. You’re our quote-unquote superstar. You’ve won a championship before. And your thing is, ‘Well, the reason we’re not winning now is because these guys are too young and they don’t know how to win.’ Boy, are you kidding me? I would’ve whooped his a–.”
Irving apologized for trying to take the leading position and “being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips.” According to him, it takes a “real man” to call someone for that particular reason.
“It takes a real man to go back, call somebody and be like, ‘Hey, man, I was young. I made some mistakes. I wasn’t seeing the big picture like you were. I didn’t have the end of the season in mind,'” Irving said.