Don’t expect Charles Barkley and LeBron James to make up any time soon.
A day after James called Barkley a “hater” and took several personal digs at the TNT analyst, Barkley laughed it off, even poking some fun at James while defending himself.
“I was laughing, clearly he did some home work … he Googled me and found some things,” Barkley said on ESPN Radio Tuesday. “He was young when I was playing, so I appreciate that, but I’m not upset about it … my criticism was fair and I’m good with that.”
Barkley had called James “whiny” and “inappopriate” for calling out the Cavs’ management in a profanity-laced postgame intervew last week.
James reached a breaking point Monday night, listing Barkley’s transgressions to an ESPN reporter and also daring the TNT analyst to come find him the next game he’s in town.
But Barkley sounds like he won’t be taking James up on that offer.
“I’ve only met LeBron casually. He’s always been great to me,” Barkley said. “But this notion that we have to be friends, we’re never going to be friends.”
Barkley also added that while what James said about him is true, it shouldn’t take away from his criticism.
“Some of the stuff he said about me is correct — doesn’t make the message I said about him incorrect,” Barkley said. “Some of them are intimidated about LeBron (but) I’m not intimidated at all.”