In a recent ESPN report, Charles Barkley speaks his opinion on all the recent Lebron James free agency trade talk.
Barkley states the following:
"If I was LeBron James, I would shut the hell up," Barkley said in the Wednesday interview. "I'm a big LeBron fan. He's a stud. You gotta give him his props. I'm getting so annoyed he's talking about what he's going to do in two years. I think it's disrespectful to the game. I think it's disrespectful to the Cavaliers."
I usually don't side too loyally with Barkley on some things, but I'm 100% with him here. For LBJ to be talking, even feeding people's minds about potential trade scenarios, going as far as wearing special shoes last week in Madison Square Garden, is ridiculous as Barkley points out.
However, even further and more significant, is how large monetary contracts have shifted the focus on the game of basketball to single players themselves. I think LBJ is extremely selfish in all that he's done with the trade discussion, but at the same time is the output of the ugly underground culture of the NBA and money. He has exercised no maturity in this scenario, even replying to Barkley with a simple "He's stupid. That's all I've got to say about that."
To see "professional" athletes behave in this manner is ridiculous. James doesn't know how to take the higher ground. He already sees himself as the highest.
James' selfishness went even further when he said, "I think you do what is best for you and you do what is best for your career." And to be politically correct, he makes sure to cover this all in "team" language by saying:
"I am focused on the team that I am on right now and winning a championship," he said. "So it gets funny at times, but I don't think about making a change at this point. I am focusing on the team I have here and the relationship I have with the Cavs."
Focused on the team or focused on the contract? C'mon Lebron! You can't have 2 loves of "Team and Contract." Nope, these are generally mutually exclusive.
Portland shouldn't even step forward to pursue this person. He's immature. He's focused on money. He represents everything wrong with money and the NBA. A book could be written on this topic, because it's seen everywhere in the league.
The NBA needs to restructure contracts so players don't lose focus of the intent of the game. Money spoils everything in life, the NBA is no exception.