Forget “Big Three” when it comes to describing the Miami Heat. Charles Barkley seemingly prefers to go with “whiny bunch.”
In Chicago for TNT’s coverage of the Eastern Conference finals series between the Heat and Chicago Bulls that resumes with Wednesday’s Game 2 at the United Center, Barkley offered his thoughts on the Heat during an appearance Tuesday on the local ESPN Radio affiliate.
“Those guys are actually a whiny bunch,” Barkley said.
Barkley said his view is the Heat have proven to be a thin-skinned group.
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“They never take any personal responsibility to why people take shots at them,” he said.
He noted the Heat’s reaction to criticism of how LeBron James announced his free-agent decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh talking about multiple championships before playing their first game together.
“I love, ‘The Miami Heat is losing, the world is happy,’ ” Barkley said of a comment Wade offered amid the Heat’s uneven play at midseason. “First of all, nobody is thinking about the Miami Heat. You guys are good guys. You’re the guys who came out and said, ‘We’re not (only) going to win one, two, three, four, five, six, seven championships…’ We’re like, ‘Really?’ “
Barkley was courtside for the Heat’s 103-82 Game 1 loss Sunday and will be back at Wednesday’s Game 2. He has predicted the Bulls would win the best-of-seven series. He will travel with the TNT studio team for the games in South Florida, as well, beginning with Sunday’s Game 3 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
“Nobody dislikes Dwyane and LeBron and Chris Bosh,” he said. “All three are good guys and terrific players.”
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