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Bulls: Dwyane Wade satisfied with LeBron James' response to critical Charles Barkley

Bulls: Dwyane Wade satisfied with LeBron James' response to critical Charles Barkley

Dwyane Wade has seen LeBron James be a lightning rod for criticism since they entered the league together in 2003, including shots from Hall of Famers from previous generations.

So when James finally responded back to TNT's Charles Barkley when Barkley needled James yet again, Wade was impressed and happy for his friend.

"Thank God he finally said something. LeBron, a lot of guys take a lot of shots at him -- for whatever reason,” Wade said at Bulls practice Tuesday afternoon. "He's always been...all the great players of the game. He just has kept his mouth closed and continued to focus on what he needs to. But it's about time he said something, man.”

In an interview with ESPN late Monday night, James took aim at Barkley after he called James a whiner for going public with taking the Cleveland Cavaliers' front office to task for not providing him with enough personnel help.

"Inappropriate. Whiny. All of the above," Barkley said of James last week. "The Cleveland Cavaliers, they have given him everything he wanted. They have the highest payroll in NBA history. He wanted J.R. Smith last summer, they paid him. He wanted (Iman) Shumpert last summer. They brought in Kyle Korver. He's the best player in the world. Does he want all of the good players? He don't want to compete? He is an amazing player. They're the defending champs."

James responded with some heavy shots for Barkley, the former player-turned-commentator who will often say anything about anybody, taking aim to some of Barkley's personal indiscretions.

"He's a hater," James told ESPN. "What makes what he says credible? Because he's on TV?

"I'm not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that. I'm not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, 'I'm not a role model.' I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.

"All I've done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that."

Wade has had his own history with Barkley, with Barkley criticizing Wade when Wade was in Miami and even responding to Wade's wife, actress Gabrielle Union, by insulting her acting skills.

Wade has certainly spoken up for himself over the years, and James has had his share of detractors. So it's probably two-fold satisfaction for the Bulls guard.

"Guys ride him, especially ex-players. When you got a history, when you can go and Google your history, you need to be a little careful with what you say,” said Wade of Barkley. "Sometimes, when guys get a microphone in front of their face, they just talk and talk and talk and forget about their history. We all make that mistake, but especially that guy on TV. He act like he can just walk on water. 

"And I like the fact that LeBron called him out and told him about himself a little bit. Humble yourself. LeBron is who he is. We all have flaws. But when your flaws are a little bit more, you should shut up. I'm glad LJ finally said something and stood up for himself from that standpoint. He said there's a new sheriff in town. So I'm excited to see what's next.”

Tuesday afternoon Barkley was a scheduled guest on Waddle And Silvy Show on ESPN 1000 and addressed the topic. Barkley somewhat snapped back at Wade's comment about Barkley humbling himself, noting that Wade had been humbled "playing for that team," the 24-25 Bulls.

Taj Gibson signed with Knicks to be closer to father recovering from heart transplant

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Taj Gibson signed with Knicks to be closer to father recovering from heart transplant

For as long as he's been in the league, Taj Gibson has been considered one of the ultimate good guys.

That reputation won't be diminished in the slightest considering his reasoning for signing with the New York Knicks this summer.

Many expected the Bulls to make a run at Gibson to back up Lauri Markkanen at power forward. But as it turns out, the Knicks were going to be difficult to beat as a landing spot.

Via Marc Berman of the New York Post, Gibson decided to return home - he grew up in Brooklyn - to be closer to his father who recently underwent a heart transplant.

Gibson said he spent a large portion of June - in the lead-up to free agency - in New York as his father awaited a new heart. Gibson agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Knicks on the first day of free agency, just a few weeks after Wilbert Gibson had successful surgery in June.

The entire article is worth a read, but let us also add an anecdote Gibson shared about one of the first calls he received from a familiar voice.

Gibson knew lots of winning in seven seasons in Chicago — mostly with ex-Knicks assistant Tom Thibodeau. A known taskmaster, Thibodeau brought Gibson to the T’Wolves and knew of Gibson’s dream to one day be a Knick.

“Once I signed with New York, one of the first phone calls I got was from Thibs,” Gibson said. “That’s all we ever talked about throughout my time with Thibs — we always talked about New York.

“For it to finally happen, being able to say I was finally a New York Knick was a crazy feeling. We laughed for a minute. Then he was serious. He was like, ‘If anyone is capable of playing in New York, you’re a New York-style player.’ He knows me that I will play hard every night.”

Report: Former Bulls center Joakim Noah will work out for Los Angeles Lakers

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Report: Former Bulls center Joakim Noah will work out for Los Angeles Lakers

Buckle up, nostalgic Bulls fans of the 2010s. There's a chance Joakim Noah teams up with LeBron James.

That's according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported Tuesday that the Lakers plan to work out Noah - along with two other centers - as they search for replacements for the injured DeMarcus Cousins.

As much as it will pain Bulls fans to hear it, Noah makes the most sense of any players listed above. Howard has a bad back that limited him to nine games last season (and we all know about his first stint with the Lakers), Speights last played in the NBA with the Orlando Magic in 2018, and Gortat played sparingly (47 games, 16.0 minutes) for the Clippers last season.

Noah had a resurgence in Memphis last season, averaging 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in just 16.5 minutes. He'd obviously be an excellent locker-room presence and high-energy defender for a Lakers team that will need it. We also know that the fire in him hasn't run out. Just ask Devin Booker.

James and Noah have a long history of in-game scuffles, and while they undoubtedly have respect for one another, it'd be weird seeing the two team up in the same uniform.

Then again, James and Derrick Rose played together in Cleveland two seasons ago, so how much weirder can it really get?