Sir Charles to King James: Miami Move was Punk

Put me on your list of critics, says Barkley

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    TK

    Hey LeBron, it's B-A-R-K-L-E-Y.

    Charles Barkley wants to make sure he doesn't get left off LeBron James' roster of critics, which the NBA superstar said he is compiling after his ballyhooed move from Cleveland to Miami and the one-hour ESPN special on which he announced it. Barkley took to ESPN Radio in Dallas Thursday and scoffed at James warning that he is "taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me" over his antics..

    "I heard about LeBron's little tweet today that he's remembering everybody who said anything bad about him," Barkley said. "And he said 'everybody. Well, I want him to make sure that he puts my name on that (list).

    "I thought that his little one-hour special was a punk move. I thought them dancing around on the stage was a punk move, and I thought he should've stayed in Cleveland. Him joining Dwyane Wade's team was very disappointing to me."

    Barkley is the most vocal of his generation of stars in deriding James for teaming up with another superstar is his quest for a championship. Michael Jordan has also criticized the move, though not as bluntly as Barkley.

    "There's no way, with hindsight, I would've ever called up Larry, called up Magic and said, 'Hey, look, let's get together and play on one team,'" Jordan said recently.

    Selected Reading: NBC Sports, ESPN, New York Daily News.