Charles Barkley had a lot of nice things to say about LeBron James on Wednesday night, but he still doesn't think the Cleveland star is one of the NBA's five best players of all time.
In fact, he says there's no way James (or anyone else) is going to crack his top five of Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Barkley made the comments as a guest on the debut episode of Bill Simmons' new HBO show, "Any Given Wednesday." Here's the clip:
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While it may seem incendiary, Barkley lays it out more as a case for his top five rather than a case against LeBron James.
In fact, he says LeBron is in the midst of "probably the greatest career ever" and says he's got him ranked in his next tier of players -- after Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan and in the mix with Larry Bird, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West and Magic Johnson.
"I will say this about LeBron James, I've never seen a man coming out of high school who has handled the success, been a great player -- never got in a stitch of trouble -- it's probably been the greatest career ever," Barkley said.
After that, Simmons asked again why LeBron wasn't in his top three (his original question .. Barkley brought up the top-five business.)
"Well, because he's not gonna be in my top three. First of all, My top five never gonna change. He can move past Kobe and Tim Duncan, but my top five are never going to change."