Charles Barkley made a whimsical comment during the 2019 NBA All-Star Draft.
After LeBron James and Giannis Atenekoumpo were done picking their players, Charles had a suggestion for them. “I think the best way to do this is for Giannis to trade everyone on his bench for Anthony Davis”, said Charles during the draft. Everyone shared a chuckle, including LeBron James.
The wisecrack was of course aimed at the Lakers’ attempt to trade a substantial portion of their team to the Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis. The trade fell apart after Pelicans kept asking for more assets, which forced the Lakers to withdraw from trade talks.
LeBron received a lot of speculated criticism after others assumed he was pulling the Lakers strings. The King has been known to direct team managers in order to make trades. The draft ended with LeBron and Durant as teammates, and Giannis landing on a team with his actual teammate, Khris Middleton.