Charles Barkley has always been outspoken when it came to criticize other players. While himself being a strong contender in the debate of the greatest NBA player of all time, Barkley revealed his mind on the GOAT debate between LeBron James and Michael Jordan.

Barkley has been out of the court for a long time, but now that he is an NBA analyst, it seems that his understanding of the art from the eagle’s view point has to have a lot of substance behind it.

While being on an interview with Bob Costas on HBO’s Back On The Record, Barkley revealed that Jordan possessed real talent which James has been busy looking for teams packed with exceptional talent.

Jordan. LeBron is amazing and what he’s done in the community is amazing.The reason I put Michael up there before those other guys, LeBron has stacked his teams. Let’s be realistic.

As he accused James of wanting to play with more talent, Barkely talked about other players who possess the trajectory and skill of Michael Jordan more than James. Names of Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo & Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki were added to the discussion.

Giannis is the perfect example. They go through the grind and to lose, which Michael did. When I was watching that documentary ( The Last Dance), I was like damn I forgot how badly the Pistons beat him up. But going through that struggle, that’s what separates sports. The struggle is part of your legacy.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is also a player who became heavily favored by the audience and is even being named as the next face of the NBA by them, solely because he singlehandedly tried to keep the Bucks together.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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