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Charles Barkley, Usa
From NBA.com: There are four players in NBA history who have compiled at
least 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists:
Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone and Charles Barkley. But when the conversation
turns to the exploits of Barkley, many people think first of the always
entertaining, sometimes outrageous running commentary on basketball and life he
provided throughout his celebrated 16-year NBA career.
However, as a player he was the greatest anomaly in basketball history. Listed at 6-6, but probably actually closer to 6-4, he played power forward as well as anyone, often dominating players half a foot taller.
Barkley brought vitality, attitude and a host of skills to professional basketball. He was viewed as an oddity -- an undersized power forward with rebounding as his only discernible basketball skill -- when he entered the league with the nickname "Round Mound of Rebound."
Undeterred, Barkley quickly buried that backhanded compliment once he began playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. It was not rare to see the neophyte Barkley grab a rebound among a crowd, then rumble downcourt with the ball and finish with a monster slam. In a half-court offense, he could fill the basket from the paint or the perimeter. And on the defensive end, he would play the passing lane for a steal or block a center's shot.
More Charles Barkley Quotes: I
don't care what people think. People are stupid. - Charles Barkley
Barkley on a scuffle between Juwan Howard and
Wally Szczerbiak: "Both of them are nice guys, but neither one of them can
crush a grape between them."
To a fan in the FleetCenter in Boston: "You guys are two players away from being good again -- Bill Russell and Larry Bird."
Before the Dream Team's game against Angola in
the 1992 Olympics: "All I know about Angola is they in trouble."
On why he endorses Nike, even though its shoes
sell for more than $100: "Hey, they don't stop selling Mercedes Benzes just
because some people can't afford them, do they?"
Name: Charles Wade Barkley
Postion: Power Forward
Nickname: The Round Mound of Rebound, Sir Charles
Status: Retired as player; active as TNT Announcer; Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall-Of-Fame on September 09, 2006
Origin: Leeds, Alabama, Usa
Schools: Auburn University
Drafted: 1984, First Round, by the Philadelphia 76ers
Teams (Jersey): Auburn Tigers, US National Team (1992's Dream Team and 1996), Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns
IBN Facts: Sitting in the TNT studio and letting fly whatever comes to mind, one almost forgets that Charles Barkley was once a monster on the court. Standing barely 6-5 and the physique of an out-of-work football player, Barkley ran the court with surprising ease, grabbed rebounds from taller and more athletic players and dunked the ball when you least expected it.
Charles Barkley Quotes:
"They run like deer, jump like deer and
think like deer." - Charles Barkley on the Portland Trail Blazers.
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