LeBron James’ move to the Lakers wasn’t necessarily a surprise, and from Charles Barkley’s perspective, it was a business move for the former Cavs star.
The TNT basketball analyst spoke to Sports Illustrated on Friday about the NBA offseason, and he said that James’ decision to join the Lakers was a sign of a player trending towards the end of his career.
Barkley said via SI:
“I was hoping [James] would stay in Cleveland. I look at [the move to L.A.] strictly as a business decision. He’s on the downside of his career. He wants to be a big Hollywood mogul. He’s going to be driving by the beach every day instead of going through the snow. … [The Lakers] are not even close to a top-tier team. They’re a 5 or 6 seed in a best-case scenario.”
By moving to the West, of course, James will have to compete against the Warriors (with DeMarcus Cousins) and the Houston Rockets. He didn’t take the easiest path to the Finals, which he could have gotten with Philadelphia.
Barkley added that he wasn’t a fan of the Lakers’ moves to add veterans Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee either.
“I don’t like what [the Lakers]…