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At six foot six, noone would expect Sir Charles to be one of the two (along
with Karl Malone)
dominant power forwards in the game, but he is. He recently joined an elite
group of players who have scored 20,000 points and collected 10,000 rebounds,
the tenth player to reach that mark. Even more impressive, he is one of
only 4 players to reach 20,000 points, 10,000 rebound and 3,500 assists.
Kareem, Wilt and
Elgin Baylor are the other 3 to reach this plateau. Barkley has a unique
body build. He can bang with the best power forwards, but it seems like
he is best built to play small forward. His size, a generous 6-6, allows
him to also score on the perimeter, beating bigger men off the dribble
AND burying a long range jumper. He can also assume the role that Scottie
Pippen defined, a point forward.
Auburn he was the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 1984. He
came out of college after his junior year to join the Philadelphia Sixers
where he spent eight years toiling away trying to win a title, but to no
avail. He was named to the All-Rookie team in 1985. In 1992 he was traded
to Phoenix for Jeff Hornacek, Tim Perry and Andrew Lang. With the Suns
he has come close to winning that prize, playing in the NBA Finals, but
he has come up empty in his quest for the ring, losing in 6 games to Chicago.
Even though the Suns teams he played with were talent laden, with the likes
of Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle, Danny Ainge and Danny Manning, Barkley came
up short. The Suns never made another decent run at it, as Charles was
plagued with a nagging back injury, and the team lost some of its stars.
Also, Phoenix just couldn't seem to win a title without a dominant, or
at least a legitimate, NBA center.
Known for rebounding and scoring, Barkley is also an excellent passer out
of the double team. He is infamous as much for his attitude as for his
playing ability, no one can argue with his ability to dominant a game,
and rack up impressive stats while playing as a part of a team. Out of
the last 12 seasons he has been named to an All-NBA squad 11 times. The
First Team five times (1988 to 1991, 1993), the Second Team five times
(1986, 1987, 1992, 1994, 1995) and to the Third Team in 1996. He was also
named to the NBA All-Interview Team in both 1996 and 1997. He won the league
MVP award in 1993, and also an Olympic Gold Medal with Dream Team I. He
returned to the Olympics in 1996 with Dream Team III, hoping to put the
Angolan incident behind him, but still being Sir Charles and saying that
he would save the rough play for the foreign countries and not the US College
Team. Barkley is an 11 time all-star (1987-1997) and was the AS Game MVP
in 1991. He was also the top western conference vote getter in 1996 and
1997 (1,877,232 votes). He is the active career field goal percentage leader
at .555, and has recently added the three to his impressive arsenal of
weapons. Sir Charles recorded a career high 47 points on February 9, 1988
against Atlanta. Although he doesn't chalk up as many 40+ point games as
Michael, Sir Charles can still take over a game.
Barkley was traded to the Houston Rockets in August 1996
for Robert Horry, Sam Cassel, Chucky Brown and Mark Bryant. Maybe now he
can win his NBA title teamed with other Dream Team teammates Clyde
Drexler and Hakeem
Olajuwon. When he is not banging the boards, he can be seen beating
Godzilla in commercials, threatening to retire, and planning his campaign
to run for the governor of Alabama. Charles, like Michael, enjoys playing
golf. In fact the two have been known to play together on occasion, most
notably, during meet the press day on All-Star Weekend. The two swallowed
a fine on that one. Barkley plays on the Celebrity Golf Association Tour.
He also has two books: Outrageous and Wit and Wisdom of Charles
Barkley. I'm not sure if Barkley has mellowed over the years, or if
people have become accustomed to his off the cuff remarks, but it seems
that The Round Mound of Profound has almost developed into a role model...two
naughty words from Sir Charles past.
Stats: PPG RPG APG BlkPG
College 14.1 9.6 1.6 1.7
Rookie 14.0 8.6 1.9 1.0
1985-86 20.0 12.8 3.9 1.6
1986-87 23.0 14.6 4.9 1.5
1987-88 28.3 11.9 3.2 1.3
1988-89 25.8 12.5 4.1 0.8
1989-90 25.2 11.5 3.9 0.6
1990-91 27.6 10.1 4.2 0.5
1991-92 23.1 11.1 4.1 0.6
1992-93 25.6 12.2 5.1 1.0
1993-94 21.6 11.2 4.6 0.6
1994-95 23.0 11.1 4.1 0.7
1995-96 23.2 11.6 3.7 0.8
1996-97 19.2 13.5 4.7 0.5
Career (thru '97) 23.1 11.7 4.0 0.9
Sir Charles is one of the most quotable players in NBA
History. And he always says something that will provoke debate and a little
ire with some fans. Here are some highlights of quotable Charles over the
"Professional athletes should not be role models. Hell, I
know drug dealers who can dunk. Can drug dealers be role models too?"
"If I weren't earning more than $3 million a year to dunk
a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction
if they saw me coming."
"I think that the team that wins game five will win the series.
Unless we lose game five."
"These are my new shoes. They're good shoes. They won't make
you rich like me, they won't make you rebound like me, they definitely
won't make you handsome like me. They'll only make you have shoes like
me. That's it."
"My initial response was to sue her for defamation of character,
but then I realized that I had no character." (Said after hearing Tonya
Harding proclaim herself "the Charles Barkley of figure skating".)
"I try to hit everybody and in that way I'm very consistent."
"We are in the business of kicking butt and business is very,
"Somebody hits me, I'm going to hit him back. Even if it
does look like he hasn't eaten in a while."
"I've always said that my 'playing weight' is whatever I
happen to weigh when I'm playing."
David Stern calls me now and says, "I apologize for all the
things I said to you in the past. Dennis is a lot worse than you are."
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