“I’m not gonna let this dude hijack my life,” Charles Barkley said about LeBron James on the Mike Missanelli Show yesterday on the Fanatic. “The whole sports world, we sit around like idiots and worry about where this dude is going.”

By Harry Allison

Everybody is wondering where prospective free agent (he could still sign an extension and stay in Cleveland) LeBron James will be playing next season.

As in the Sixers.

Barkley, the former Sixers great who now toils as an analyst on TNT, is voicing what many of us feel:

He doesn’t think James will sign with Philly and join Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

“He’s not coming to the Sixers,” Barkley said. “He’s not coming to the Sixers because he needs the ball, Simmons needs the ball and Embiid needs the ball. That would make Simmons useless.”

“He’s not going to give the ball up at this stage of his career,” Barkley said. “He’s not a great shooter, so you can’t play him off the ball. I guarantee you [defenders] would let him shoot threes all night. Guys would love him to shoot threes. … It would hurt Embiid and Simmons going forward.”