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Charles Barkley tells Philadelphia fans they won’t get LeBron James

Dunk Wire logo Dunk Wire 6/13/2018 Erik García Gundersen
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It hasn't been a good week for the LeBron-to-Philadelphia crowd and former 76er Charles Barkely isn't interested in giving Philly fans much hope.

During an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, Barkley told Mike Missanelli that he doesn't see LeBron James joining the Sixers for basketball reasons. Here were his thoughts, as transcribed by Ryne Nelson of SLAM.

Where in your mind does LeBron end up? And why not Philly?

Barkley: "Well, he's not coming to Philly because him, Simmons and Embiid don't go together. But listen, number one, I don't know and I don't care. I'm not gonna let [LeBron] hijack like all these idiots on ESPN. They're going to talk about it nonstop every single day.

"LeBron's a great, great player. He's a great, great man. I hope he stays in Cleveland. But I'm not going to let this dude hijack my life because I don't care, number one. But the whole sports world, we sit around like idiots and worry about where this dude is going every day."

I just want to know if he's coming to the Sixers.

Barkley: "He's not coming to the Sixers because he needs the ball, Simmons needs the ball and Embiid needs the ball. You can't have a guy that's going to dominate the ball. That's going to make Simmons-who's going to be a stud, I think-he'd be useless. And same thing with Joel Embiid."

There are some legitimate questions about fit alongside Simmons. However, James has worked hard on his jump shot and was used more as a screener in pick and roll with Kyrie Irving. He and Simmons might be able to make some magic happen together, even if it's a little unconventional.

However, that may not be something James is interested in trying to iron out in a city he's never played or lived in, in what will be his 16th season.

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