Barkley told CNN he doesn't think Miami has good fans, especially after a large portion of the home crowd left American Airlines Arena during Game 6 of the 2013 finals before the Heat pulled through with a win in overtime.
The Cavaliers have had a 73-179 record with no playoff games since James left the team in 2010, and the Heat has had a 186-66 record, making it to the playoffs three times.“I think it would be great for him to go back to Cleveland,” Barkley said. “Number one: I don’t think they have great fans in Miami. I thought they were great fans in Cleveland. … I’m not digging [a deeper hole with the Heat fans]. Listen, those are the same fans that were leaving when they thought they lost to the Spurs. Let’s don’t act like they’re superfans.”
James signed a six-year contract worth $109.8 million with the Heat in 2010 after seven season with the Cavaliers in his hometown of Cleveland.“I thought LeBron should have stayed in Cleveland,” Barkley said. “Just because he got them rings now, he ain’t no better. Think about the notion that just because I didn’t win a sporting event, my life is not successful. That’s got to be the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.”