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Dwyane Wade defends LeBron James by piling on Charles Barkley

Dwyane Wade joined the masses Tuesday by offering his take on the LeBron James-Charles Barkley beef.

Wade is obviously going to be biased as he and James have a strong relationship, but his comments are still interesting. He seemed to be surprised with the rest of us that James finally stood up for himself, and he enjoyed seeing it.

"Thank God he finally said something," Wade said Tuesday, via the Chicago Tribune. "LeBron, a lot of guys take a lot of shots at him for whatever reason. He just has kept his mouth closed and continued to focus on what he needs to. But it's about time he said something, man. Guys ride him, especially ex-players."

One ex-player in particular — Barkley — has been harsh toward James, when he called him "whiny" earlier this month. Barkley was reacting to James' complaints about not having enough playmakers. Although Wade never mentioned him by name, it was clear he was referring to the "Inside the NBA" analyst.

"When you have a history, when you can go and Google your history, you better be a little careful with what you say," Wade continued. "Sometimes, when guys get a microphone in front of their face, they just talk and talk and talk and forget about their history. We all make that mistake, but especially that guy on TV. He acting like he just walks on water. And I like the fact that LeBron called him out and told him about himself a little bit. Humble yourself. LeBron is who he is. We all have flaws. But when your flaws a little bit more, you should shut up.

"[James] said there's a new sherrif in town. So I'm excited to see what's next."

One interesting takeaway from Wade's quote — aside from the fact players keep piling on Barkley — is the fact he called him "that guy on TV." One, it's enjoyably pettiness, and two, it's the same thing Joel Embiid called Barkley earlier this month after the 76ers star wasn't selected to the All-Star Game.


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