Charles Barkley

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Retired basketball superstar, TV analyst and Sports Speaker Charles Barkley is considered one of the most outspoken and dominating players in the history of the NBA. Appearing as the hilarious, outspoken co-host on Inside the NBA on TNT, Charles works alongside co-hosts Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kenny Smith to create one of the most successful sports shows in history; Inside the NBA on TNT has won nine Sports Emmy Awards. Recently, the cast of Inside the NBA on TNT were announced to all signing multiple-year contracts, keeping the popular post-game show running. Charles began his basketball career at Auburn University where he managed to become a member of Auburn’s All-Century team and still holds the Auburn record for career field goal percentage with 62.6%.  He also received several awards within the SEC including SEC Player of the Year and SEC Player of the Decade for the 1980s. Before his last year at Auburn, he entered the 1984 NBA Draft where he was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 5th pick overall. He would later go on to play for the Phoenix Suns in 1992 and the Houston Rockets in 1996.

During his NBA career 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.  Additionally, he made 11 NBA All-Star Game appearances and was named the All-Star MVP in 1991.  Shortly after in 1993, he was voted the league’s Most Valuable Player as well as being named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Sports Speaker Charles Barkley also had a successful Olympic career competing in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games winning 2 gold medals as a member of the United States’ “Dream Team.” He ended his career as one of the most versatile players in the game becoming the fourth player in NBA history to achieve 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, and 4,000 assists. Despite his below average height for a power forward, he became one of the NBA’s most dominant rebounders.  In 2006 he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for his individual career, then again in 2010 as a member of the Dream Team.

Since retiring after the 1999-2000 season, Sports Speaker Charles Barkley has had a successful career as a television NBA analyst. He works with TNT for coverage of NBA games and can be seen on the program Inside the NBA, a postgame show for NBA on TNT. Charles has also become an accomplished author, writing the foreword for Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly’s book The Life of Reilly, as well as releasing two of his own books, I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It, and Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man? Charles is well-known in the golf world for his unorthodox swing and appeared on the reality series The Haney Project on The Golf Channel.  The series focuses on Hank Haney, one of the top golf instructors in the world, correcting Charles’ famous offbeat, and broken golf swing. More recently in 2011, the Sports Speaker became one of the faces for WeightWatchers, promoting their “Lose Like a Man” campaign.

Sports Speaker Charles Barkley has transcended the sports world to become a leading voice on social issues in addition to sports news.