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Charles Barkley said he wanted LeBron James to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers before he defected for a second time, signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Barkely doesn’t think much of James’ new team in Hollywood.
“They’re No. 5 seed, maybe six in the West,” Barkley said on The Dan Patrick Show. “I don’t think they’re better than Oklahoma City, I don’t think they’re better than the Denver Nuggets.
“The Rockets, to me, are the surprising team because I think they have regressed. I’m a big Trevor Ariza fan … Minnesota’s better than the Lakers. As great as LeBron is — I see them as the 4, 5, 6 seed.”
Barkley did not mention the Utah Jazz, the Portland Trail Blazers, the San Antonio Spurs or the New Orleans Pelicans, all of which were playoff teams in the Western Conference last season.
“The West is unbelievable,” Barkley said. “(LeBron) got 20 easy wins the last few years. He won’t get those easy 20 wins in the Western Conference.”