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Charles Barkley snubs Kobe Bryant, LeBron James in top 5 NBA players list

Charles Barkley isn’t putting LeBron James and Kobe Bryant into the elite of the elite in NBA history.

The Hall of Famer left the two modern-era stars out of his top 5 NBA players of all-time when asked what his list would be during an appearance on this week.

“Michael’s [Jordan] one, Oscar Robertson’s two,” Barkley said. “[Bill] Russell, Wilt [Chamberlain] and Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar], no particular order after Michael.”

While James and Bryant and their eight combined NBA championships didn’t make the first five, they did get into Barkley’s top 10.

“Kobe six, LeBron seven, then you’ve got Elgin Baylor, Jerry West,” the former 76ers, Suns and Rockets star said.

Barkley did go on to explain his decision to keep James on the outside looking in, making it a little clearer why his list was slanted more toward the old-school era players.

“You know, I love LeBron and everything about him but I still think that the way they play the game today he didn’t want any part of those bad boy Pistons,” Barkley said. “Let me tell you something, those guys were out there trying to hurt people. I used to always tell people when you were playing the Pistons you had to call home and tell your family you love them just in case you never saw them again.”

James still has time to work his way up and win a fourth championship. If the NBA season restarts after its coronavirus shutdown, James’ Los Angeles Lakers had the second-best record in the league this season behind the Milwaukee Bucks.

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