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LeBron James eviscerates Charles Barkley in rant, questions credibility

LeBron James eviscerates Charles Barkley in rant, questions credibility

LeBron James has heard plenty of criticism over the years from NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley and he is done taking the high road. The Cavs superstar laid Barkley out in a detailed rant to ESPN on Monday and mentioned several of Barkley's transgressions from when he was a player.

LeBron's basic premise was that he has remained out of trouble throughout his NBA career, while Barkley constantly embarrassed himself during his playing days. Here is what LeBron said:

"He's a hater. 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."

[RELATED: Carmelo on LeBron's rant at Barkley: 'He just got tired of hearing it']

LeBron went on to say that Barkley can meet him at a road arena any time he wants to so they can chat face-to-face. 

The comments were in response to Barkley calling James "whiny" for publicly saying the Cavaliers should go after a point guard and add more to their roster.

[RELATED: Carmelo Anthony on Celtics trade rumor: 'Melo hasn't said anything yet']

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'Sincere interest': Latest on Pelicans' exploring trade for Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal

'Sincere interest': Latest on Pelicans' exploring trade for Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal

While the Washington Wizards struggled defensively last season, the organization is holding firm when it comes to rebuffing offers for Bradley Beal.

The New Orleans Pelicans showed sincere interest in the two-time All-Star before Saturday’s blockbuster that sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. That curiosity remains and the two sides broadly discussed a trade scenario involving Beal, multiple sources told NBC Sports Washington.

The Pelicans are open to dealing the newly acquired fourth overall selection in Thursday’s NBA Draft according to numerous reports. New Orleans also landed three young players from Los Angeles -- Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart -- plus additional future picks and pick swaps.

Whatever the initial parameters, the conversation never veered close to actual negotiations, according to a source.

The basis for trading Beal centers on maximizing his asset value with two years and $56 million remaining on his original five-year contract signed in 2016. Washington likely struggles next season with fellow guard John Wall out and an evolving roster that currently has only five players with guaranteed contracts.

This one rejection does not mean Washington has completely shut the door on future talks with teams. However, the sense from league sources is the team plans on keeping Beal despite ample interest from contenders.

Beal, who turns 26 this month, just completed a near All-NBA season in which he and MVP candidate James Harden were the only players to average 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and 1.5 steals per game. The ascending talent is the lone healthy starter on the roster with Wall sidelined until 2020 with a torn Achilles.

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Why Scott Brooks is amazed by John Wall's, Bradley Beal's scouting abilities

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Why Scott Brooks is amazed by John Wall's, Bradley Beal's scouting abilities

When John Wall's and Bradley Beal's playing days are over -- whenever that may be -- they both might be well-suited for front office jobs. To a certain extent, they're already acting as high-level scouts, according to Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks. 

The Wizards' stars -- who Beal previously said make up the NBA's best backcourt -- aren't just scouting their opponents around the league. Players of all different levels and around the globe are on their radar, which prompted Brooks to ask the obvious question about the two relatively new dads:

"When do they have time?"

Brooks sat down with NBC Sports Washington Wizards Insider Chris Miller on Monday and explained how closely Wall and Beal follow basketball players everywhere.

"The thing I love about John and Brad -- they love the game," Brooks said. "You can call them up. It could be high school players, it could be WNBA players, it could be college players, it could be European players -- they know them. It's like, don't you guys have a life? They know them."

Beal attended the Wizards' pre-draft workout on Monday, while Wall went to at least one similar workout in the past. 

Brooks specifically highlighted Beal's ability as a scout and speculated about his potential success in the future, should the guard pursue that avenue when he's done playing.

"Bradley can do it all," Brooks said. "He's not only a great player. He's gonna be a great coach and a great general manager."

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