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LeBron James Responds To Charles Barkley's "Inside The NBA" Invitation

(Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

(Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Did LeBron James hint at making an appearance on TNT?

Inside the NBA host Charles Barkley recently made a plea to James, urging the 34-year old Laker to make an appearance on the show, in light of his absence in this year's postseason.

"I've said this before, America, and this is the last time," Barkley said with a smile during a segment Sunday night. "LeBron James, come into the studio. You ain't got nothing to do. The playoffs started yesterday. You've got free time. I know you've got to pick a coach and a general manager. Just put that on the back burner. I'm speaking on behalf — I'm begging you on behalf of (the rest of the crew) Ernie (Johnson), Kenny (Smith) and Shaq."

"LeBron, how about this," Barkley continued. "You don't even have to stay. You can leave at halftime of the second game. ... We can help you pick out a coach. Listen, Shaq knows, because he would enjoy to coach. And Kenny's been interviewing for coaching jobs the last couple of years. So come on in, LeBron. Please."

He turned it into quite the scene, and it caught major wind online -- so much so that even LeBron himself responded, and did not exactly eliminate the possibility of him stopping by the set.

It seems LeBron might be due to share a table with the TNT gang. It will be interesting to see how that dialogue goes.