10/29/2013 07:16 pm ET

Charles Barkley: LeBron James Not In My Top 5 NBA Players All-Time


In Charles Barkley's eyes, LeBron James still has some work to do. On the day before the 2013-14 NBA season-opener, the Hall of Famer told Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated that the four-time NBA MVP hasn't cracked his list of top five players of all time.

"I have Michael [Jordan] at No. 1. Oscar [Robertson] at No. 2. Then Wilt [Chamberlain], Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] and [Bill] Russell," Barkley said. "I have Kobe [Bryant], LeBron, Tim Duncan, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor after that. Those are my top 10. Those second five fluctuate, but who do I take off my top five?"

Sir Charles went on to say that he's bothered by those who don't compare James to Kobe Bryant anymore.

"I'm still going to take five [titles] over two. It makes me laugh with my friends," he said. "The media just kills Kobe Bryant. Like he's dead! Five still is a lot more than two!"

Yes, five is a lot more than two. And Barkley stating that fact might make some wonder why Magic Johnson was left off his top 10.



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