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Whine of Week: Barkley tells LeBron how to act? Priceless

Charles Barkley criticized LeBron James for talking about what he plans to do as a free agent in two years. (Photo: UAB) Charles Barkley criticized LeBron James for talking about what he plans to do as a free agent in two years. (Photo: UAB)

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We are never amused when former players lecture the younger generation on how to behave. When the player dispensing the free and unwanted advice is one who was a professional whiner who never showed any inclination to follow the rules, he's guaranteed a high place in that week's WOW.

You've probably already guessed who we're talking about: Charles Barkley. Bored Charles outdid himself this week when he leveled his verbal cannons at LeBron James for the crime of honestly answering questions from the media about what he's going to do as a free agent two years hence.

James has never brought the subject up himself. He's never suggested he's not happy with his current team, the Cavaliers. He's never said anything other than that he's flattered by the attention, and his focus this year and next is on winning a title for Cleveland.

And Barkley doesn't like it.

"If I was LeBron James, I would shut the hell up," the Hall of Famer told Dan Patrick. "I'm a big LeBron fan. He's a stud. You gotta give him his props. I'm getting so annoyed he's talking about what he's going to do in two years. I think it's disrespectful to the game. I think it's disrespectful to the Cavaliers."

Coming from Barkley, this is beyond hilarious. Barkley doesn't know the meaning of "shut up." Telling him to stop talking is like telling a newborn baby to stop crying: the words have no meaning to him.

If he were in LeBron's shoes when he was playing, Barkley would have been holding court on the subject every day. Along the way, he'd have found a way to suggest that his situation was in some way connected to the exploitation of athletes by the white ruling class. Then he'd have thrown somebody through a bar window.

We like Barkley and find him endlessly amusing. But he's also a crybaby who has no business telling anyone else how to behave, and that goes double for LeBron, who conducts himself as well as anyone ever has.

Asked about Barkley's comments, King James called his critic "stupid." It's rare that we agree with everything anyone says. This is one of those times.

Dishonorable mentions:

Stephon Marbury
The self-proclaimed best point guard in the league has yet to play a minute for the Knicks this year. He says he wants to stay a Knick, but when his coach, Mike D'Antoni, told him he needed him to play, Marbury said he didn't feel like it. D'Antoni came back and offered him another chance, this time to play the rest of the season. Marbury declined again. Naturally, it's D'Antoni's fault, Marbury whined. ""The marriage is over. It's a done deal," he cried to The New York Post. Knicks fans can only hope.

Jimmy Patsos
We figured we'd better get Patsos in while he still has a job. Less than two weeks after watching a game from the stands while an assistant coached, the Loyola coach decided to take Davidson's great player, Stephen Curry, out of the game by putting two men on him all the time. Patsos succeeded, holding Curry to zero points. And the only tiny little downside was that Loyola lost by 30 because the rest of the team was playing 3-on-4 against the rest of Davidson's team. After the game, Patsos insisted that he is a genius, saying that years from now, people will remember Curry not scoring and not Loyola getting its doors blown off. He needs to meet Herm Edwards: "Hel-lo? You play to win the game!"

Ray Edwards
The oft-fined Viking defensive end went ballistic after being relieved of $25,000 for a brutal late hit on Bucs' quarterback Jeff Garcia and a leg-whip infraction in the same game. Admitting he hit Garcia late, he defended himself against the leg-whip, saying, "It's not like I jumped in the air and intentionally tried to drop-kick him or something like WWF." Then he added that in the NFL, "men don't wear panties." Brilliant.

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