Charles Barkley
Basketball player
Charles Barkley
Charles Wade Barkley is an American retired professional basketball player and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Nicknamed "Chuck", "Sir Charles", and "The Round Mound of Rebound", Barkley established himself as one of the National Basketball Association's (NBA's) most dominating power forwards. He was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 5th pick of the 1984 NBA Draft.
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NBA: Knicks end tumultuous week with win over cold-shooting Spurs
Yahoo News - 7 days
(The Sports Xchange) - The New York Knicks ended a tumultuous week filled with off-the-court distractions by posting a spirited 94-90 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. With numerous Knicks alumni in the crowd at Madison Square Garden, New York (23-33) stopped a four-game losing streak in putting forth its finest defensive effort of the season, holding the Spurs to 36 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony poured in 25 points to pass Charles Barkley for 25th place on the all-time scoring list with 23,775 points.
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Charles Barkley barks back at Dwyane Wade, others
Chicago Times - 10 days
It has probably been a while since 35-year-old Dwyane Wade has been called a "baby" (wife Gabrielle Union notwithstanding), but when Charles Barkley starts talking, anything's possible. Barkley dismissed backlash from Wade, Draymond Green and other NBA players for his on-air critiques of LeBron...
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Charles Barkley laughs off scathing comments by LeBron James: 'Clearly he did some homework'
LATimes - 18 days
LeBron James has had enough of Charles Barkley and his seemingly constant criticism. “I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that,” James told reporters Monday following the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers’ latest loss, 104-97 against the Dallas Mavericks. Barkley, the basketball Hall...
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Durant, Warriors among reasons for LeBron's frustrations - ESPN
Google News - 19 days
ESPN Durant, Warriors among reasons for LeBron's frustrations ESPN ESPN's Stephen A. Smith says he isn't interested in seeing LeBron James and Charles Barkley apologize to each other and wonders whether LeBron's recent public statements have been spurred by his fear of the Warriors' dominance. (1:12). Facebook ... Why Charles Barkley is wrong about LeBronUSA TODAY Dwyane Wade on LeBron James' Charles Barkley rant: 'Thank God he finally said something'Yahoo Sports LeBron James on Charles Barkley: 'He's a hater'Washington Post SB Nation all 258 news articles »
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Is Vince Carter a Hall of Famer?
ABC News - 24 days
Vince Carter isn't quite finished. Formerly the game's greatest dunker and now the oldest player in the NBA, Carter will turn 40 in January. Carter will reach the end of the NBA line sooner rather than later, at which point a debate that has long divided fans and analysts will take on new urgency: Is Carter a Hall of Famer? Argument for: Hall-worthy numbers Even in his age-40 season, Carter has supplied crucial firepower off the bench for the Memphis Grizzlies so far, averaging 9.9 points in 27.2 minutes per game -- the most he has played in six years. Carter is now less than a thousand points away from becoming the 21st player in NBA history to score 25,000 points. He might not get there, but he already has surpassed the career scoring totals of Charles Barkley (23,757), Elgin Baylor (23,149) and Larry Bird (21,791). Career totals don't hold the same sway in basketball as. ...
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How Mexico's Horacio Llamas made history during eventful NBA career
ABC News - about 1 month
His NBA "career" consisted of 28 regular-season games. He played a grand total of 143 minutes. But? Horacio Llamas,?the first Mexican-born player to appear in an NBA game, did more than just become the answer to an obscure trivia question. The 6-foot-11 center experienced moments and gained memories that most basketball players could only dream about. Llamas ran the floor with a teenage Kobe Bryant, made his first start against his idol, Hakeem Olajuwon, felt the strength and scowl of Charles Barkley, bodied up on a 25-year-old Shaquille O'Neal and sank a game-winning basket off a bullet pass from Michael Jordan. Sure, it was more gig than occupation, but Llamas made the most of his cup of coffee with the NBA. Nearly 20 years after making history by stepping on the floor as a member of the Phoenix Suns, the 43-year-old from El Rosario, Sinaloa, is excited that the NBA is returning to his home country this... ...
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A-Listers Party At The White House Until Morning To Say Goodbye To Barack Obama
Huffington Post - about 1 month
With only two weeks left until Barack and Michelle Obama vacate the White House for good, the first family welcomed a host of celebrity guests on Friday night for a star-studded farewell party.  Aside from an awards show, there haven’t been this many famous people gathered in one room since a casting call for a holiday-themed Garry Marshall romantic comedy.  The White House bash effectively serves as the kickoff to events celebrating President Obama’s time in office, leading up to his final address, which he’ll deliver in Chicago on Jan. 10. Days later, President-elect Donald Trump will call 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. home after his inauguration, for which he’s struggled to find big-name performers.  In contrast, Obama’s farewell party attracted some of the biggest A-listers around. Attendees reportedly included Meryl Streep, George and Amal Clooney, Robert De Niro, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Nick Jonas, Jordin Sparks, David Letterman, Paul McCartney, Kelly Rowland, Olivia Wilde and Jas ...
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The epic Jordan-led summer pickup games on the set of 'Space Jam'
ABC News - 2 months
Editor's note: is counting down the best basketball shoes of all time.?But before we reveal our list, our writers are sharing their favorite sneaker tales. For all of the "Space Jam" nostalgia -- be it the movie re-release, the new shoes geared toward taking on Monstars or the retro-themed Air Jordan XIs -- there is one thing that can't be recaptured. It's the epic pickup games that emerged during the filming of the movie in the summer of 1995. Michael Jordan was fresh off the sting of what would turn out to be the last playoff series loss of his career, to the Orlando Magic in the second round. Movie or no movie, he was determined to return to his place atop the NBA. So he ordered the construction of a tented hardwood basketball court on the Warner Bros. studio lot and laced up his Concords. Word got out, and an array of NBA players came through. Besides the movie co-stars such as Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Alonzo. ...
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Steve Kerr says he used marijuana for back pain, hopes leagues soften stance - ESPN
Google News - 3 months
ESPN Steve Kerr says he used marijuana for back pain, hopes leagues soften stance ESPN OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on a CSN Bay Area podcast published Friday that he smoked marijuana for back pain he experienced the past two years. "I guess maybe I could even get in some trouble for this, but I've ... Steve Kerr says he used marijuana for his chronic back painSports Illustrated Steve Kerr Comments on Marijuana Use, Charles Barkley, Coaching FutureBleacher Report Steve Kerr admits he's smoked marijuana to ease back painNew York Daily News SB Nation -Washington Post (blog) -New York Post all 24 news articles »
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Upright Citizens Brigade takes Charles Barkley's stories of race, sports and childhood to the stage
LATimes - 3 months
Former NBA player and TNT sports analyst Charles Barkley is rarely at a loss for words, but Sunday on stage at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, the mountain of a man was reduced to silent spasms of laughter as a troupe of improv comedians spun sketches from his monologues about childhood,...
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Charles Barkley has something to say about race in America
Yahoo News - 4 months
NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Barkley calls it friendly fire.
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Charles Barkley: Criticism of Donald Trump has been 'disingenuous'
CNN - 4 months
Former NBA star Charles Barkley says many who have criticized Donald Trump over controversial sexual remarks have been disingenuous.
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Charles Barkley ignores his own doctor's orders and visits Craig Sager in the hospital
LATimes - 6 months
The doctor's orders do not apply for Charles Barkley if it involves doing something for a special colleague. Barkley recently had hip replacement surgery and was not cleared by doctors to travel. But that didn't stop him from flying to Houston to visit TNT sports broadcaster and colleague Craig...
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Charles Barkley says Team USA too reliant on isolation players
ABC News - 6 months
As the United States men's Olympic basketball team has struggled by its own lofty standards in Rio de Janeiro, former NBA player and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley said the team's woes are rooted in the construction of its roster.  "It's not a good team to put together," Barkley, 53, told "If you take away  DeAndre Jordan, every guy on that team is a ball-dominant guy. You see them playing a lot of one-on-one basketball. "That's the thing I've noticed more than anything. Like, you have to understand when you put a team together like that, you have to have some role players." Barkley, who played on the 1992 Dream Team and also won gold in 1996, said Team USA is too reliant on isolation scorers and could benefit from the addition of more role players.  "You take a guy like Kyle Lowry, who is a hell of a player, he wants to score.  Kyrie [Irving] wants to score.  Kevin [Durant] wants to... ...
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REVIEW: A Critical History of the Olympic Games -- Racism, Sexism, and Doping Very Much Included
Huffington Post - 7 months
The following article first appeared in The National Book Review: The Games: A Global History of the Olympics by David Goldblatt (W.W. Norton) By Charlie Gofen David Goldblatt's The Games: A Global History of the Olympics focuses more on scandal and controversy in the modern Games than on iconic moments and transcendent athletic performances. The International Olympic Committee will not be plugging this book. Goldblatt first takes us back to Athens in 1896, where French aristocrat Pierre de Coubertin led a revival of the ancient Olympic Games, and then moves chronologically through each subsequent Games, all the way up to Rio, with special attention to bribery and bid rigging, doping and other means of athletic cheating, biased judging, racial discrimination, and the dubious benefits of hosting the Games. Along the way, he provides a tour of world history through the lens of the Olympic Games - the racial supremacy of Hitler's Olympics (Berlin 1936), the Cold War-era ...
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Kobe Bryant's Historic Career
Wall Street Journal - 10 months
Kobe Bryant's retirement marks the end of an era in professional basketball. Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Clark Kellogg and Ernie Johnson reflect on Bryant's legacy and future with WSJ's Shelby Holliday. Photo: AP
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Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Concert Over Anti-LGBT Law
Huffington Post - 11 months
North Carolina's controversial new anti-LGBT law doesn't sit well with Bruce Springsteen.  The Boss, 66, has been thrilling audiences across the country on The River Tour with his E Street Band since the start of the year. Although he and his bandmates had been slated to perform at the Greensboro Coliseum on April 10, Springsteen announced Friday that he was canceling the show following North Carolina's passage of House Bill 2, or HB2, last month.  Springsteen blasted the new legislation, which Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law March 23, in a lengthy statement on his official website April 8.  "HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use," Springsteen wrote in the statement. "Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden." Calling the law "a ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles Barkley
  • 2016
    In July 2016, it was announced that Barkley will host a six-episode unscripted show called The Race Card; it will premiere in early 2017.
    More Details Hide Details Barkley is known for his compulsive gambling. In an interview with ESPN's Trey Wingo, Barkley revealed that he lost approximately $10 million through gambling. In addition, he also admitted to losing $2.5 million, "in a six-hour period", while playing blackjack. Although Barkley openly admits to his problem, he claims it is not serious since he can afford to support the habit. When approached by fellow TNT broadcaster Ernie Johnson about the issue, Barkley replied, "It's not a problem. If you're a drug addict or an alcoholic, those are problems. I gamble for too much money. As long as I can continue to do it I don't think it's a problem. Do I think it's a bad habit? Yes, I think it's a bad habit. Am I going to continue to do it? Yes, I'm going to continue to do it."
  • 2015
    In August 2015, Barkley announced support for John Kasich in the 2016 presidential election.
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    As of 2015, he has the 11th highest PER in NBA history.
    More Details Hide Details Since 2000, Barkley has served as a studio analyst for Turner Network Television (TNT). He appears on the network's NBA coverage during pre-game and halftime shows, in addition to special NBA events. He also occasionally works as an onsite game analyst. He is part of the crew on Inside the NBA, a post-game show during which Barkley, Ernie Johnson Jr., Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal recap and comment on NBA games that have occurred during the day and also on general NBA affairs. During the broadcast of a game, in which Barkley was courtside with Marv Albert, Barkley poked fun at NBA official Dick Bavetta's age. Albert replied to Barkley, "I believe Dick would beat you in a footrace." In response to that remark, Barkley went on to challenge Bavetta to a race at the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend for $5,000. The winner was to choose a charity to which the money would be donated. The NBA agreed to pitch in an additional $50,000, and TNT threw in $25,000. The pair raced for three and a half lengths of the basketball court until Barkley ultimately won. After the event, the two embraced in a show of good sportsmanship.
  • 2014
    In 2014 when Charles Barkley was asked about the rumor that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was being accused for not being "black enough" on the radio show Afternoons with Anthony and Rob Ellis.
    More Details Hide Details Barkley said "Unfortunately, as I tell my white friends, we as black people, we’re never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people. When you’re black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people. It's a dirty, dark secret; I’m glad it's coming out. One of the reasons we’re never going to be successful as a whole, because of other black people. And for some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough. If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person. And it's a dirty, dark secret. There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success, It's best to knock a successful black person down because they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful…We’re the only ethnic group who say, ‘Hey, if you go to jail, it gives you street cred.’ It's just typical BS that goes on when you’re black, man."
    Commenting on the 2014 Ferguson unrest Barkley called the Ferguson looters "scumbags", and praised the police officers who work in black neighborhoods, also saying that he supports the decision made by the grand jury not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown shooting.
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  • 2013
    In 2013 Barkley also expressed his agreement with the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
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  • 2011
    During a 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day double-header on TNT, Barkley responded to a statement by Dr. King's daughter Bernice by saying, "People try to make it about black and white.
    More Details Hide Details But he talked about equality for every man, every woman. We have a thing going on now, people discriminating against homosexuality in this country. I love the homosexuality people. God bless the gay people. They are great people."
  • 2010
    In 2010, he confirmed that he was not running in 2014.
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  • 2008
    In May 2008, the Wynn Las Vegas casino filed a civil complaint against Barkley, alleging that he had failed to pay a $400,000 debt stemming from October 2007.
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    On October 27, 2008, he officially announced his candidacy for Governor of Alabama in an interview with CNN, stating that he planned to run in the 2014 election cycle, but he began to back off the idea in a November 24, 2009 interview on The Jay Leno Show.
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    In February 2008, Barkley announced that he would be running for Governor of Alabama in 2014 as an Independent.
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  • 2007
    In September 2007, during a broadcast on Monday Night Football, Barkley announced that he bought a house in Alabama to satisfy residency requirements for a 2014 campaign for governor.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, Barkley declared himself an Independent and not a Democrat as previously reported. "The Republicans are full of it", Barkley said, "The Democrats are a little less full of it."
    In July 2007, he made a video declaring his support for Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election.
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  • 2006
    Barkley is an outspoken supporter of gay rights. In 2006, he told Fox Sports: "I'm a big advocate of gay marriage.
    More Details Hide Details If they want to get married, God bless them." Speaking to Wolf Blitzer on CNN two years later, he said: "Every time I hear the word 'conservative,' it makes me sick to my stomach, because they're really just fake Christians, as I call them. That's all they are.... I think they want to be judge and jury. Like, I'm for gay marriage. It's none of my business if gay people want to get married. I'm pro-choice. And I think these Christians, first of all, they're not supposed to judge other people. But they're the most hypocritical judge of people we have in the country. And it bugs the hell out of me. They act like they're Christians. They're not forgiving at all."
    In September 2006, Barkley once again reiterated his desire to run for Governor.
    More Details Hide Details He noted, "I can't run until 2014... I have to live there for seven years, so I'm looking for a house there as we speak."
    At a July 2006 meeting of the Southern Regional Conference of the National School Boards Association in Destin, Florida, Barkley lent credence to the idea of running for Governor of Alabama, stating: I'm serious.
    More Details Hide Details I've got to get people to realize that the government is full of it. Republicans and Democrats want to argue over stuff that's not important, like gay marriage or the war in Iraq or illegal immigration... When I run — if I run — we're going to talk about real issues like improving our schools, cleaning up our neighborhoods of drugs and crime and making Alabama a better place for all people.
    However, in 2006, he altered his political stance, stating "I was a Republican until they lost their minds."
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    In recognition of his achievements as a player, Barkley was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Most offensive rebounds in a half: 13, Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks, March 4, 1987 Most offensive rebounds in a quarter: 11, Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks, Most free throws made in a half: 19, Phoenix Suns vs. Seattle SuperSonics, Most free throw attempts in a 7-game series: 100, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 1986 Eastern Conference Semifinals Most turnovers in a 7-game series: 37, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 1986 Eastern Conference Semifinals
  • 2004
    On March 20, 2004, the Phoenix Suns honored Barkley as well by retiring his jersey and including him in the "Suns Ring of Honor".
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  • 2001
    In recognition of his collegiate and NBA achievements, Barkley's number 34 jersey was officially retired by Auburn University on March 3, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details In the same month, the Philadelphia 76ers also officially retired Barkley's jersey.
  • 2000
    On April 19, 2000, in a home game against the Vancouver Grizzlies, Barkley scored a memorable basket on an offensive rebound and putback, a common trademark during his career.
    More Details Hide Details He accomplished what he set out to do after being activated from the injured list, and walked off the court to a standing ovation. He stated, "I can't explain what tonight meant. I did it for me. I've won and lost a lot of games, but the last memory I had was being carried off the court. I couldn't get over the mental block of being carried off the court. It was important psychologically to walk off the court on my own." After the basket, Barkley immediately retired and concluded his sixteen-year Hall of Fame career. Barkley was invited by Bobby Knight to try out for United States men's basketball team for the 1984 Summer Olympics. He made it all the way to final cuts, but wasn't selected for the team, despite outplaying almost all of the front-court players there. According to Knight, Barkley was cut because of poor defense.
  • 1999
    Barkley's season and career seemingly ended prematurely at the age of 36 after rupturing his left quadriceps tendon on December 8, 1999 in Philadelphia, where his career began.
    More Details Hide Details Refusing to allow his injury to be the last image of his career, Barkley returned after four months for one final game.
    Along with Shaquille O'Neal, Barkley was ejected from a November 10, 1999 game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
    More Details Hide Details After O'Neal blocked a layup by Barkley, O'Neal shoved Barkley, who then threw the ball at O'Neal.
    The 1999–2000 season would be Barkley's final year in the NBA.
    More Details Hide Details Initially, Barkley averaged 14.5 points on .477 shooting and 10.5 rebounds per game.
  • 1997
    The 1997–98 season was another injury-plagued year for Barkley.
    More Details Hide Details He averaged 15.2 points on .485 shooting and 11.7 rebounds per game. The Rockets ended the season with a 41–41 record and were eliminated in five games by the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs. Limited by injuries, Barkley played four games and averaged career lows of 9. points and 5.3 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game. During the league-lockout-shortened season, Barkley played 42 regular-season games and managed 16.1 points on .478 shooting and 12.3 rebounds per game. He became the second player in NBA history, following Wilt Chamberlain, to accumulate 23,000 points, 12,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists in his career. The Rockets concluded the shortened season with a 31–19 record and advanced to the playoffs. In his last postseason appearance, Barkley averaged 23.5 points on .529 shooting and 13.8 rebounds per game in a first-round playoff loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. He concluded his postseason career averaging 23 points on .513 shooting, 12.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game in 123 games.
  • 1996
    To begin the season, Barkley was suspended for the season opener and fined $5,000 for fighting Charles Oakley during an October 25, 1996 preseason game.
    More Details Hide Details After Oakley committed a flagrant foul on Barkley, Barkley responded by shoving Oakley. In his first game with the Houston Rockets, Charles Barkley had a career-high 33 rebounds. He continued to battle injuries throughout the season and played only 53 games, missing fourteen because of a laceration and bruise on his left pelvis, eleven because of a sprained right ankle and four due to suspensions. He became the team's second leading scorer, averaging 19.2 points on .484 shooting; the first time since his rookie year that he averaged below 20 points per game. With Olajuwon taking most of the shots, Barkley focused primarily on rebounding, averaging 13.5 per game, the second best in his career. The Rockets ended the regular season with a 57–25 record and advanced to the Western Conference Finals, where they were defeated in six games by the Utah Jazz. Barkley averaged 17.9 points and 12. rebounds per game in another postseason loss.
    The trade to the Houston Rockets in the 1996–97 season was Barkley's last chance at capturing an NBA championship title.
    More Details Hide Details He joined a veteran team that included two of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler.
  • 1993
    Throughout his career, Barkley had been arguing that athletes should not be considered role models. He stated, "A million guys can dunk a basketball in jail; should they be role models?" In 1993, his argument prompted national news when he wrote the text for his "I am not a role model" Nike commercial.
    More Details Hide Details Dan Quayle, the former Vice President of the United States, called it a "family-values message" for Barkley's oft-ignored call for parents and teachers to quit looking to him to "raise your kids" and instead be role models themselves. Barkley's message sparked a great public debate about the nature of role models. He argued, I think the media demands that athletes be role models because there's some jealousy involved. It's as if they say, this is a young black kid playing a game for a living and making all this money, so we're going to make it tough on him. And what they're really doing is telling kids to look up to someone they can't become, because not many people can be like we are. Kids can't be like Michael Jordan.
    During his career with the Suns, Barkley excelled as a player, earning All-NBA and All-Star honors in each of his four seasons. The always outspoken Barkley, however, continued to stir up controversy during the 1993 season, when he claimed that sports figures should not be role models.
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    As a result of severe back pains, Barkley began to speculate his last year in Phoenix during the 1993–94 season.
    More Details Hide Details Playing through the worst injury problems of his career, Barkley managed 21.6 points on .495 shooting and 11.2 rebounds per game. He was selected to his eighth consecutive All-Star Game, but did not play because of a torn right quadriceps tendon, and was named to the All-NBA Second Team. With Barkley fighting injuries, the Suns still managed a 56–26 record and made it to the Western Conference Semifinals. Despite holding a 2–0 lead in the series, however, the Suns lost in seven games to the eventual champions, the Houston Rockets, who were led by Hakeem Olajuwon. Despite his injuries, in Game 3 of a first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, Barkley hit 23 of 31 field-goal attempts and finished with 56 points, the then-third-highest total ever in a playoff game. After contemplating retirement in the offseason, Barkley returned for his eleventh season and continued to battle injuries. He struggled during the first half of the season, but managed to gradually improve, earning his ninth consecutive appearance in the All-Star Game. He averaged 23 points on .486 shooting and 11.1 rebounds per game, while leading the Suns to a 59–23 record. In the postseason, despite having a 3–1 lead in the series, the Suns once again lost to the defending and eventual two-time champion Rockets in seven games. Barkley averaged 25.7 points on .500 shooting and 13.4 rebounds per game in the postseason, but was limited in Game 7 of the semifinals by a leg injury.
  • 1992
    The trade to Phoenix in the 1992–93 season went well for both Barkley and the Suns.
    More Details Hide Details He averaged 25.6 points on .520 shooting, 12.2 rebounds and a career high 5.1 assists per game, leading the Suns to an NBA best 62–20 record. For his efforts, Barkley won the league's Most Valuable Player Award, and was selected to play in his seventh straight All-Star Game. He became the third player ever to win league MVP honors in the season immediately after being traded, established multiple career highs and led Phoenix to their first NBA Finals appearance since 1976. Despite Barkley's proclamation to Jordan, that it was "destiny" for the Suns to win the title, they were defeated in six games by the Chicago Bulls. He averaged 26.6 points and 13.6 rebounds per game during the whole postseason, including 27.3 points, 13. rebounds and 5.5 assists per game throughout the championship series. In the fourth game of the Finals, Barkley recorded a triple-double after collecting 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
  • 1991
    In March 1991, during a game in New Jersey, Barkley attempted to spit on a fan that had been heckling with racial slurs; however, his spit instead hit a young girl nearby.
    More Details Hide Details Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of operations at the time, suspended Barkley without pay and fined him $10,000 for spitting and using abusive language at the fan. It became a national story and Barkley was vilified for it. Barkley, however, eventually developed a friendship with the girl and her family. He apologized and, among other things, provided tickets to future games. Upon retirement, Barkley was later quoted as stating, in regards to his career, "I was fairly controversial, I guess, but I regret only one thing—the spitting incident. But you know what? It taught me a valuable lesson. It taught me that I was getting way too intense during the game. It let me know I wanted to win way too bad. I had to calm down. I wanted to win at all costs. Instead of playing the game the right way and respecting the game, I only thought about winning."
    He was frequently involved in on- and off-court fights and sometimes stirred national controversy, as in March 1991 when he spat on a young girl while attempting to spit at a heckler, and as in 1993 when he declared that sports figures should not be considered role models.
    More Details Hide Details Short for a power forward, Barkley used his strength and aggressiveness to become one of the NBA's most dominant rebounders. He was a versatile player who had the ability to score, create plays, and defend. In 2000, he retired as the fourth player in NBA history to achieve 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists. Since retiring as a player, Barkley has had a successful career as a television NBA analyst. He works with Turner Network Television (TNT) alongside of Shaquille O'Neal as a studio pundit for its coverage of NBA games and is a spokesman for CDW. In addition, Barkley has written several books and has shown an interest in politics; in October 2008, he announced that he would run for Governor of Alabama in 2014, but he changed his mind in 2010. Barkley was born and raised in Leeds, Alabama, ten miles (16 km) outside Birmingham, and attended Leeds High School. As a junior, Barkley stood 5'10" (1.78 m) and weighed 220 pounds (99.8 kg). He failed to make the varsity team and was named as a reserve. However, during the summer Barkley grew to 6'4" (1.93 m) and earned a starting position on the varsity team in his senior year. He averaged 19.1 points and 17.9 rebounds per game and led his team to a 26–3 record en route to the state semifinals.
  • 1990
    His outspoken and aggressive play, however, also caused a few scandals; notoriously a fight with Detroit Pistons center Bill Laimbeer in 1990, an event which drew a record total $162,500 fine, and the infamous spitting incident.
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  • 1989
    Barkley married Maureen Blumhardt in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have a daughter together, Christiana, born the same year. A DNA test read by George Lopez on Lopez Tonight revealed Charles Barkley to be of 14% Native American, 11% European and 75% African descent.
    During the 1989–90 season, despite receiving more first-place votes, Barkley finished second in MVP voting behind the Los Angeles Lakers' Magic Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details He was named Player of the Year by The Sporting News and Basketball Weekly. He averaged 25.2 points and 11.5 rebounds per game and a career high .600 shooting. He was named to the All-NBA First Team for the third consecutive year and earned his fourth All-Star selection. He helped Philadelphia win 53 regular season games, only to lose to the Chicago Bulls in a five-game Eastern Conference Semifinals series. Barkley averaged 24.7 points and 15.5 rebounds in another postseason loss. His exceptional play continued into his seventh season, where he averaged 27.6 points on .570 shooting and 10.1 rebounds per game. His fifth straight All-Star Game appearance proved to be his best yet. He led the East to a 116–114 win over the West with 17 points and 22 rebounds, the most rebounds in an All-Star Game since Wilt Chamberlain recorded 22 in 1967. Barkley was presented with Most Valuable Player honors at the All-Star Game and, at the end of the season, named to the All-NBA First Team for the fourth straight year. In the postseason, Philadelphia lost again to Jordan's Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, with Barkley contributing 24.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
  • 1988
    In the 1988–89 season, Barkley continued to play well, averaging 25.8 points on .579 shooting and 12.5 rebounds per game.
    More Details Hide Details He earned his third straight All-Star Game appearance and was named to the All-NBA First team for the second straight season. Despite Barkley contributing 27. points on .644 shooting, 11.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game, the 76ers were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the New York Knicks.
  • 1986
    Before the 1986–87 season, Moses Malone was traded to the Washington Bullets and Barkley began to assume control as the team leader.
    More Details Hide Details He earned his first and only rebounding title, averaging 14.6 rebounds per game and also led the league in offensive rebounds with 5.7 per game. He averaged 23. points on .594 shooting, earning his first trip to an NBA All-Star game and All-NBA Second Team honors for the second straight season. In the playoffs, Barkley averaged 24.6 points and 12.6 rebounds in a losing effort, for the second straight year, to the Bucks in a five-game first round playoff series. The following season, Julius Erving announced his retirement and Barkley became the Sixers' franchise player. Playing in 80 games and getting 300 more minutes than his nearest teammate, Barkley had his most productive season, averaging 28.3 points on .587 shooting and 11.9 rebounds per game. He appeared in his second All-Star Game and was named to the All-NBA First Team for the first time in his career. His celebrity status as the Sixers' franchise player led to his first appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated. For the first time since the 1974–75 season, however, the 76ers failed to make the playoffs.
  • 1984
    Barkley left before his final year at Auburn and made himself eligible for the 1984 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details He was selected with the fifth pick in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers, two slots after the Chicago Bulls drafted Michael Jordan.
    In 1984, he made his only appearance in the NCAA Tournament and finished with 23 points on 80% field goal shooting, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
    More Details Hide Details Auburn retired Barkley's No. 34 jersey on March 3, 2001. In 2010, just two years removed from announcing he had a serious interest in becoming a candidate for Governor of Alabama, Barkley admitted that he asked for, and had been given, money from sports agents during his career at Auburn University. Barkley called the sums he had requested from agents as being "chump change", and went on to say, "Why can't an agent lend me some money and I'll pay him back when I graduate?" According to Barkley, he paid back all of the money he had borrowed after signing his first NBA contract.
    He was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 5th pick of the 1984 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details He was selected to the All-NBA First Team five times, the All-NBA Second Team five times, and once to the All-NBA Third Team. He earned eleven NBA All-Star Game appearances and was named the All-Star MVP in 1991. In 1993, he was voted the league's Most Valuable Player and during the NBA's 50th anniversary, named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games and won two gold medals as a member of the United States' "Dream Team". Barkley is a two-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, being inducted in 2006 for his individual career, and in 2010 as a member of the "Dream Team". Barkley was popular with the fans and media and made the NBA's All-Interview Team for his last 13 seasons in the league.
  • 1983
    He joined a veteran team that included Julius Erving, Moses Malone and Maurice Cheeks, players who took Philadelphia to the 1983 NBA championship.
    More Details Hide Details Under the tutelage of Malone, Barkley was able to manage his weight and learned to prepare and condition himself properly for a game. He averaged 14. points and 8.6 rebounds per game during the regular season and earned a berth on the All-Rookie Team. In the postseason, the Sixers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals but were defeated in five games by the Boston Celtics. As a rookie in the postseason, Barkley averaged 14.9 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. During his second year, Barkley became the team's leading rebounder and number two scorer, averaging 20. points and 12.8 rebounds per game. He became the Sixers' starting power forward and helped lead his team into the playoffs, averaging 25. points on .578 shooting from the field and 15.8 rebounds per game. Despite his efforts, Philadelphia was defeated 4–3 by the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. He was named to the All-NBA Second Team.
  • 1963
    Born on February 20, 1963.
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