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Charles Barkley Calls Out The Media For Milking The GOAT Debate: "I Think, When You Have No Talent, You Have To Make Up S**t To Talk About."

Charles Barkley Calls Out The Media For Milking The GOAT Debate: "I Think, When You Have No Talent, You Have To Make Up S**t To Talk About."

The GOAT debate was at an all-time high last year, especially during April and March. At the time, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls' 10-part docu-series The Last Dance was on air, showing many details about MJ's quest to win six championships with the Bull. 

This situation opened a big door for fans and media members to discuss what player was better between Jordan and James, taking the GOAT debate to the next level. It's been more than a year since The Last Dance finished, yet the discussion is still part of every conversation around the league. 

It's fair to say that most fans are tired of it, but media members keep doing it. Well, now Charles Barkley is the one calling out journalists that endlessly milk the GOAT debate, calling them talentless among other things. 

Talking on The Pat McAfee Show, the 1993 NBA MVP said:

"Well, I think it's weak personally to have that debate all the time," Barkley said. "I think, when you have no talent, you have to make up shit to talk about."

"Are we still talking about Michael? Michael has been retired 30 years. And LeBron is great. I've got a lot of love and respect for LeBron. But first of all, if you're gonna do it like that, you should say he was the best dude in the era. That, to me, will make more sense than try to compare."

Chuck also showed how unfair it is to compare players from different eras, bringing up Bill Russell and Shaquille O'Neal, two dominant centers that play at different times. 

"Bill Russell, to me, is like a father to me. He's amazing. He's been a great father figure for me," Barkley said. "But to try to compare him to Shaquille O'Neal, who's 4 inches taller and a 100 pounds heavier, I don't know if that will be fair. But what Bill Russell did, is probably one of the greatest ... you know, went 7 championships."

Lastly, he said this is the only way many folks can get clicks. 

"I just think some of these guys don't have any talent," Barkley said, "so when they go on radio or TV, you know they are going to get clicks when you're like bringing up Michael against LeBron."

We have seen endless conversations about this topic. They're not seem to be ending anytime soon. Perhaps Chuck's words can change that, but nothing points out we will stop seeing comparisons between Michael Jordan and LeBron James.