Charles Barkley: Players Didn’t Pick LeBron James In All-Star Voting Because “He’s A Drama Queen”

Bryan Brandom
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LeBron James and Stephen Curry will select the NBA All-Star teams from a pool of players selected by fans, players, and the media, marking the inaugural February break with such parameters.

Here’s the full slate of starters they’ll choose from. The reserve pool will be determined later.

But if it were up to the players alone, LeBron James wouldn’t be one of the captains. It’d be the Milwaukee Bucks’ do-everything star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

And TNT analyst Charles Barkley has a theory as to why: because LeBron’s a “drama queen.”

“I’m not at all [surprised] because I think the players like Greek Freak’s personality better,” Barkley said Thursday on air. “LeBron is a great player and a great guy, but he’s a drama queen.”

This is far from the first time Barkley’s labeled the Cleveland Cavalers star as petulant.

“Inappropriate. Whiny. All of the above,” Barkley said of James last year, as the Cavs forward was pressuring his team’s front office to improve the squad. “The Cleveland Cavaliers, they have given him everything he wanted. They have the highest payroll in NBA history. He wanted J.R. Smith last summer, they paid him. He wanted [Iman] Shumpert last summer. They brought in Kyle Korver. He’s the best player in the world. Does he want all of the good players? He don’t want to compete? He is an amazing player. They’re the defending champs.”

Predictably, LeBron then metaphorically slapped Barkley around with a large hand bearing three championship rings.

“He’s a hater. What makes what he says credible? Because he’s on TV?” LeBron said. “I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that. I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.”

Don’t be surprised if Chuck gets another earful for his latest shot at the four-time MVP.