This season marked the first time since the 2004-05 campaign that LeBron James is absent from the NBA playoffs.
But James, who just finished his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers, can participate in the playoffs in a different way if he chooses. Charles Barkley wants James to join the crew of “Inside the NBA” on TNT, and he made the request in a way only Barkley can.
“LeBron James, come into the studio. You ain’t got nothing to do,” Barkley said Sunday night. “I know you’ve got to pick a head coach and a general manager. Just put that on the backburner.”
Barkley even said James could leave at halftime of the second game of the night, though host Ernie Johnson didn’t seem on board with that part of the deal.
So what will James do? James made sure to let Barkley know that he has plenty going on in his life, but it seems like he may make an appearance.
Sir Charles, I actually do have a ton going on but I may take you up on your offer. We shall see. #KingInStudio👑🎙— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 15, 2019
It would be a ton of fun to get James in with that crew and giving his perspective on various playoff games.
Barkley first made the request back in March when the Lakers made it known that James’ minutes would be managed from that point forward in the season. The 34-year-old James missed a chunk of the season with a groin injury and the Lakers were out of playoff contention at that point, so they decided to play it safe with his health.
Plenty has happened with the Lakers since then. Magic Johnson abruptly resigned from his role as president of basketball operations and head coach Luke Walton “parted ways” with the team. James hasn’t addressed either departure.
Maybe the forum “Inside the NBA” provides would be the place to do it.
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