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Charles Barkley: “At some point, LeBron’s gonna have to say ‘AD, damn, I’m 100 years old. It’s about time for you to be the best player.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on January 27, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) AUBURN, ALABAMA - MARCH 04: Former basketball player Charles Barkley for the Auburn Tigers after their game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neville Arena on March 04, 2023 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images) MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - APRIL 26: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game Five of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs at FedExForum on April 26, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)

Charles Barkley’s hyperbole of “I’m 100 years old” for LeBron James brings reality to the NBA superstar’s situation. It’s no secret that the all-around player’s getting older. CBS didn’t even rate him as part of the top 10 for this season’s best NBA players. However, does this mean that Anthony Davis will be his successor?

“LeBron James: ‘I’m 100 Years Old'” Jokes Barkley

Despite being an obvious joke for the NBA veteran, he’ll reach his 21st season in the ’23-’24 season. This is a big deal since LeBron James is 38 years old, surpassing the usual 35-year-old retirement age for many players.

“At some point, LeBron’s gonna have to say ‘AD, damn, I’m 100 years old. It’s about time for you to be the best player. You are in your prime.

Charles Barkley on Anthony Davis

Furthermore, Barkley emphasizes that Anthony Davis should be his successor. He’s the one that needs to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to the ring. The former power forward thinks that the team should build around Davis more.

“I said about five or six years ago, that dude there [Davis] is gonna be the best player in the world for the next 10 years. He’s not even in the conversation anymore.”

Charles Barkley

Furthermore, Bill Simmons claims that the big man is already past his prime, which was in 2018. Apparently, the podcast host has given up on the Lakers’ center of being the #1 player in the game.

“I’ve given up on AD having that possibility anymore. I think it’s too late. I think he’s had too many injuries, and I actually don’t think he’s gotten better. I feel he peaked in 2018 in New Orleans.”

Bill Simmons

Barkley agrees, claiming that Davis doesn’t have the “killer instinct.” The former forward talks about the mindset one must have to be a top-tier NBA player.

The Killer Instinct

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 10: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in game five of the Western Conference Semifinal Playoffs at Chase Center on May 10, 2023 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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It’s not a matter of “There are better players here,” but rather, “There may be great players here, but I’ll still put on a show too.”

The former Houston Rockets player just doesn’t see that attitude with Davis, and that could be one of his most significant handicaps from being the best player in the league.

This is not the first time Charles Barkley has criticized Davis

Fan Opinions Are Mixed

Some fans are already clamoring for Davis to be crowned as the #1 player, especially with how well he plays defensively.

However, others counter that the Lakers’ center isn’t leading any team anywhere. This is where Barkley’s idea of the “killer instinct” comes in and how the big man lacks the drive.

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Time will only tell if Davis truly has the killer instinct that will lead the Lakers to another ring.

Do you think the big man has what it takes to carry the mantle once James retires?