LeBron James had some words of wisdom for Charles Barkley after some recent comments made by the former basketball star toward Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat.
Last week, Barkley made comments on a TNT broadcast saying that Wade is "starting to lose his athletic ability."
Barkley elaborated: "He's not the same guy. I got a look at him in person. He doesn't explode anymore and he's shooting a lot of fade away jumpers. The toughest thing for Dwyane Wade is understanding that he's starting to lose his talent and now he has to learn how to play below the basket. The toughest thing when you're a great player or very athletic, when you can't jump over a building anymore, you have to learn how to play."
The comments got under the skin of Wade's fellow Heat teammate James, who had his own words for Barkley.
"It means Charles Barkley needs to shut up," James said, as reported by the Washington Post. "I mean, the man's shooting 80 percent from the floor in the last couple games. Come on, man. That's like crazy, right? That's why he is who he is. Unbelievable."
Wade had pulled his weight during his big performance when he scored 26 points as part of the Miami Heat's 101-92 victory against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.
Barkley's comments were also made before Wade scored 13 points against the New York Knicks during the 3-13 game. Wade had also made 20 of the 25 shots that he took over the last two games. He has also battled with injuries during a majority of the 2012-2013 regular season including a sprained left foot, according to the Bleacher Report.
"I never really concerned myself with the noise that goes on outside here," Wade said, according to ESPN. "I just try to be as efficient as I can. Shooting 13 shots is not nothing I'm used to. Some nights you go 11-for-13 and some you go 3-for-13. I really didn't listen to the noise. I haven't been paying attention."