The Miami Heat's Big 3 need to STFU. So says Charles Barkley, who appeared on ESPN Radio yesterday to talk about how he respects LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh as terrific individual players but thinks they need to lose the us-against-the-world mentality if they have any chance of beating the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals.
"[They say] we don't like the Miami Heat," Barkley said. "First of all, that's not true at all. Those guys are actually a whiny bunch. They said [that] a couple times this year, 'Well, the world is happy the Miami Heat [is losing].' Please don't flatter yourself. C'mon, man."
And he didn't stop there. He also took a few shots at Bron-Bron for predicting that the Heat would win seven NBA titles—and expecting everyone to be open to his prediction "We criticize [LeBron James] because of The Decision," Barkley said, "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 guy 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."
In other words: If you want to get the world's attention, shut up and play ball, fellas. [via ESPN]