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Charles Barkley Says Alex Ovechkin Is a Better Athlete Than LeBron James

May 7, 2009 – 12:34 PM
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Adam Gretz

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TNT's playoff coverage a couple of nights ago included a debate on the best athlete in sports. After 45 seconds of bantering that was centered around Tiger Woods and Lebron James -- including a debate within the debate as to whether or not Woods is an actual athlete -- Charles Barkley decided to drop a bomb that brought the entire segment to a halt.

The silence was deafening ... until everyone on set let out a loud, slightly annoyed groan, almost as if they were embarrassed by the suggestion that a hockey player could be a better athlete than King James. Of course, hockey analysts and fans are still trying to determine if Ovechkin is the best athlete in his own sport, let alone all sports. Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Pavel Datsyuk would probably like a say in that debate as well.

Even so, it's nice to hear one of the NHL's brightest stars getting some attention in an unexpected forum. Regardless of where you stand in this argument, I think we can all agree that LeBron sees no shortage of praise -- rightfully so -- while Ovechkin is still not quite a household name.

(H/T D.C. Sports Bog)
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