May 2, 1990 |
Some people hold one clear image of Charles Barkley: that of the wild man, standing on a chair after the Philadelphia 76ers' April 19 brawl in Detroit, yelling to his teammates: "Hey, fellas! What do we think of the Pistons?" And the wild team basically telling Detroit what it could do with its championship trophy, with the wild man leading the profane cheers. That's one aspect to Charles Barkley. Here's another. "I don't see (basketball) as a game," he said. "I see it differently.
January 16, 2011 |
At times this season, the Lakers have looked impressive, such as when they began the season 8-0. At times this season, the Lakers have looked unimpressive, such as when they lost four consecutive games and, worse, when they lost at home to under-.500 teams Indiana, Milwaukee and Memphis. So when Charles Barkley was asked to give his opinion on the state of the Lakers, he was more than willing to share his thoughts. Barkley, an analyst for TNT, was quick to point out that the Lakers are "not playing bad," but they also are not guaranteed to win a third consecutive NBA championship.
December 10, 2009 |
How good can the Clippers be? "We can be really good," point guard Baron Davis said. Good enough to reach the playoffs this season? Davis paused to gather his thoughts. When informed that Charles Barkley recently told a reporter that the Clippers are good enough to make the playoffs, Davis smiled. Then he gave an emphatic answer. "We can be in the playoffs easily," Davis said, his mood suddenly upbeat. Now you have to keep in mind that the Clippers haven't had No. 1 draft pick Blake Griffin all season because of a broken left kneecap and he's not expected back until January.
May 23, 1990 |
The same day Charles Barkley found he did not win the NBA's Most Valuable Player award, medical tests showed pain in his shoulder is caused by bone spurs. Team physician Jack McPhilemy received the diagnosis Tuesday after the Philadelphia 76ers' forward was given a magnetic resonance imaging test. The spurs, which produce inflamed tendons and occasional numbness, have caused Barkley pain in his right shoulder for more than a year.
March 27, 1988 |
There is an element of style to Charles Barkley's excess, even if it's the same sort that made Henry VIII do in a few wives. Barkley and his close personal friend, Dom Perignon, once ran up a thousand-dollar nightclub bill in just four hours. Barkley and another freely flowing companion, his mouth, not long ago incurred a $3,000 tab in the shape of a fine from the Philadelphia 76ers for a momentary indiscretion.
April 22, 1990 |
It took awhile to figure out what Charles Barkley was up to, but after listening to several MVP voters and television personalities in recent days, it has become apparent that Barkley has managed a slick campaign. The man should run for office. Barkley has been almost overbearing in recent weeks, claiming that he has no chance to win the MVP award.
November 20, 1993 |
Charles Barkley, in his own inimitable way, rejected a fan's offer not to press charges over a cut lip if the Phoenix Sun star apologized. "I'd rather go to a Klan meeting with a Malcolm X hat on than apologize," Barkley said Friday night while dressing for a game against Portland. "I'm not apologizing. And I will give his daughter an autograph if he's not there. We don't apologize in Alabama unless we do things wrong." Barkley also denied the claim that Edward Durham of Glendale, Ariz.
April 9, 2006 |
The twist is rich and inescapable, a wound to their young egos 22 years ago, but a circle now closed. If Charles Barkley and Joe Dumars were going to be announced formally as new members of the Basketball Hall of Fame, it might as well be here in Indianapolis, where in 1984 they shared a van ride to the airport after being cut at the U.S. Olympic team basketball trials by Bob Knight, the iconic coach who would have you believe he knew everything there is to know about basketball.
April 28, 1993 |
It's hard to take the world seriously anymore. Especially when you open your Sunday paper and there's a picture of you, all dressed up with your hands folded in prayer, looking properly worshipful--next to a letter from the associate pastor of a local church, complaining because you referred to yourself as "chosen" and added, in your inimitable style, that you'd like to be a porn star.
January 10, 2009 |
In 1992, without much NBA reporting experience or any Olympic reporting experience, I was assigned to cover the Barcelona Games and write about the Dream Team, that little collection of All-Stars and icons, you know, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley. Barkley had recently left Philadelphia, my base, for Phoenix, but he was still treated as one of our local players. I arrived in La Jolla for a Dream Team training camp and had the chance to interview Barkley for an hour.