Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley


2/20/1963, Leeds, Alabama

Birth Name

Charles Wade Barkley



Also Known As

The Round Mound of Rebound, Sir Charles
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Charles Barkley was one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history playing from 1984 until 2000. Since retiring Barkley has become one of the most entertaining analysts in sports through his colorful and amusing way of speaking his mind. Barkley can be seen every Thursday night during…more


Trivia and Quotes

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    • Charles: (about Tonya Harding) I heard Tonya Harding is calling herself the Charles Barkley of figure skating. I was going to sue her for defamation of character, but then I realized I have no character.

    • Charles: This is the most wide open I've ever seen the NBA playoffs. The only thing that would surprise me is if San Antonio and Detroit aren't in the Finals. Anything else wouldn't surprise me.

    • Charles: Every team in the Western Conference has flaws.

    • Charles: (The Wizards) are praying to play Cleveland.

    • Charles: The difference in the playoffs is you're playing against a good team every day. You're not playing one good team, then two bad, then two good ones. The one thing that I learned in my 16 years is that you might take a glimpse of tape before games, but (in the playoffs) you sit down and go over tapes every single day from game to game. . . . That's when you find out who can really play and who can really coach.

    • Charles: Where the Red Cross has helped is in determining what families get these homes, ... That's the hard part, picking who gets what.

    • Charles: I feel bad for the people who were killed, and I feel bad for the people who were injured.

    • Charles: It's something we thought about coming into the Olympics, but it's not something we thought would happen. I just feel bad for all the families involved.

    • Charles: There's no one in the West even close to the Spurs. They're so much better than anybody else.

    • Charles: Are you kidding me? It's a four-day party in Houston, and life doesn't get much better than that.

    • Charles: Another ho-hum par. I'm just letting them get over confident right now. I'll make my move on the back side.

    • Charles: I'll give you three putts, and if you make one of them, I'll give your First Tee $25,000.

    • Charles: He would really be thrilled with some of the racial advances that have been made, but he would be really disappointed in the way some people act.

    • Charles: Dr. King would be No. 1 thrilled with the racial advances we've made, but he would be disappointed in the state of black America with all this black-on-black crime, teenage pregnancies, kids not getting an education.

    • Charles: It's embarrassing. If you are a man and you can't beat girls or the smart kids, you shouldn't be playing...I'm retiring from golf. I'm not going to play again.

    • Charles: They open their hearts, they opened their arms so many people involved in this whole situation, and I just thank God that they're doing that for these people. It's a really unfortunate thing uh it's the lost thing that ever happened in my lifetime.

    • Charles: Everybody has got to do a little part, ... We're all in this world together and I appreciate them doing something positive with their time.

    • Charles: You could say it was spectacular. That was the biggest one I've ever done, ... Most of the others rolled two or three times and that was it. It happened so fast and it was over. I had no time to think.

    • Charles: Because of the opportunities I've had in life, I feel I have an obligation to speak up about issues affecting our communities, and one of those issues is the health status of African-Americans and how to raise their level of health.

    • Charles: If you get a standing ovation for getting 12 points, there is something wrong. If I had scored 12 points, I would have gotten booed out of the building. My mother and grandmother would have called cussing me out.

    • Charles: We were hoping to try for a top five in the points and now we're trying to hold on for a top 10.

    • Charles: We've won some heat races and had some decent finishes but we haven't been able to get the luck to win a feature.

    • Charles: When terrible events like this happen, everyone has to pull together and help out, ... That is the area of the country where I grew up and I know that any support those people get will be greatly needed and much appreciated.

    • Charles: Me and Justin Timberlake bringin sexy back.

    • Charles: (after seeing a guy with a thin mustache wearing a pink suit) The Pink Panther's at the Cavs game? What the hell?!

    • Charles: (on Kobe Bryant winning the game winning shot against Phoenix in game 4 of the 05-06 NBA Playoffs) This isn't like baseball where good pitching stop good hitting, the only thing that can stop that is god.

    • Charles: (to Dwayne Wade) You hot right now, but I'm a legend.

    • Charles: Boy, the 80s were the good ole days.

    • Charles: I really don't eat that much. I just, more or less, tend to eat all the time.

    • Charles: I know I'm a fat, old has been, but there's no way an old man of 67 can outrun me. It's impossible!

    • Charles: Dick Bavetta and Moses parted the Red Sea together.

    • Charles: I bought me a Stairmaster... It's great, I hang my clothes on it... I stare at it everyday.

    • Charles: Listening to a woman is almost as bad as losing to one. There are only three things that women are better at than me: cleaning, cooking and having sex.

    • Charles: They can't beat Detroit, first of all. But they aren't athletic enough, they don't guard, they have trouble with athletic people, the guards especially.

    • Charles: I don't think the fans realize that we didn't win (the NBA Finals).

    • Charles: This is the greatest achievement of our lives, professionally, basketball-wise.

    • Charles: The first thing you do when you get that phone call is let out a little scream.

    • Charles: I'm glad he's getting his due. I was fortunate enough to play against Dominique in college and the NBA, and I'm glad he's getting his recognition.

    • Charles: I want to thank Moses Malone and Dr. J. Those two guys made me a better player. I think basketball has given me every single thing in my life.

    • Charles: No matter how great a coach he is, there comes a time when it's not working. They shouldn't be this bad. The players are tuning him out.

    • Charles: When I go around and I talk to young black kids, I really stress education. We've got this thing going on in black culture, where if you do well in school, you're considered acting white. If you use proper English, you're considered acting white. I say, 'We've got to get more kids acting white, then.' We want kids to speak proper English. We want them to get their education.

    • Charles: She made sure, No. 1, that we didn't discriminate. And she always said to me, 'You have to be successful. There are a lot of people who have paid their dues to put you in a situation to be successful. A lot of people got beaten, a lot of people got lynched . . . and if you get the chance to be successful, you can't squander it.' She always reminded me of that every day.

    • Charles: Being black or white isn't an accomplishment. What you do with your life, or what you accomplish with your life, dictates what you should be proud of.

    • Charles: When you read the book you see that these guys aren't holding any punches. They're straightforward. They're honest. They're giving you their honest opinion.

    • Charles: I want her to understand that it's going to be a factor in her life. I just want her to know that (racism) does exist, and I want her to always be diligent, and if she sees it, address it and fight it.

    • Charles: They didn't give us all the money and all the endorsements after one year. Obviously, I wish it could have stunted my growth.

    • Charles: (refering to Wilkins) I played against him in college. Getting nominated with him, that's pretty cool.

    • Charles: Adrian Dantley is a guy that I looked at... on how to maneuver my body around.

    • Charles: Some guys don't have to stick around and do all of this. Some guys, when they're done, they're done. And you don't hear from them.

    • Charles: Dominique should have got in last year.

    • Charles: That caught us by surprise because this was the year the construction of the Rockville District Court was supposed to begin.

    • Charles: This place? Nothing positive. OK, I want to say something positive. It's positively a dump.

    • Charles: I don't know what that gas is made of, but it can't smell any worse than Ernie Johnson 's gym bag.

    • Charles: I'm not a role model, ... Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids.

    • Charles: I don't think of myself as giving interviews. I just have conversations. That gets me in trouble.

    • Charles: I came to the realization a couple months ago that I am fat. If you get tired from walking - and that's all that golf is - then you are officially fat.

    • Charles: I just wish all these young black kids would realize how significant it is to stop acting a fool out there, killing each other, not getting their education. You know, people have died to put us in a situation to be successful.

    • Charles: I know a lot of people did a lot of heavy lifting to make me successful and I do everything in my power not to screw it up.

    • Charles: You know what's amazing to me? America. There have been so many people who have stepped up, and I'm just proud to be an American. Yeah, there were some mistakes made, but I don't play the blame game. Let's move forward and rebuild New Orleans.

    • Charles: If somebody hits you with an object you should beat the hell out of them.

    • Charles: Poor people cannot rely on the government to come to help you in times of need. You have to get your education. Then nobody can control your destiny.

    • Charles: I don't create controversies. They're there long before I open my mouth. I just bring them to your attention.

    • Charles: I may be wrong but I doubt it.

    • Charles: Sometimes that light at the end of the tunnel is a train.

    • Charles: They run like deer, jump like deer and think like deer.

    • Charles: If I weren't earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.

    • Charles: I'm no role model.

    • Charles: I think that the team that wins game five will win the series. Unless we lose game five.

    • Charles: I love New York City; I've got a gun.

    • Charles: I know that I'm never as good or bad as any single performance. I've never believed my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.

    • Charles: My initial response was to sue her for defamation of character, but then I realized that I had no character.

    • Charles: We don't need refs, but I guess white guys need something to do.

    • Charles: Somebody hits me, I'm going to hit him back. Even if it does look like he hasn't eaten in a while.

    • Charles: You know it's going to hell when the best rapper out there is white and the best golfer is black.

    • Charles: Kids are great. That's one of the best things about our business, all the kids you get to meet. It's a shame they have to grow up to be regular people and come to the games and call you names.

    • Charles: My family got all over me because they said Bush is only for the rich people. Then I reminded them, 'Hey, I'm rich'.

    • Charles: The only difference between a good shot and a bad shot is if it goes in or not.

    • Charles: 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.

    • Charles: The main thing to do is relax and let your talent do the work.

    • Charles: I don't care what people think. People are stupid.

  • Now I can comfortably address you as "Sir" after seeing and hearing ya last night. As far as I am concerned you have redeemed yo'self since I wrote about you in my book, Cosmic Consciousness: Do-It-Yourself Manual, Chapter 7...moreless

    Yo Sir Charles,

    Now I can comfortably address you as "Sir" after seeing and hearing ya at the DNC last night. As far as I am concerned YOU have redeemed yo'self since I wrote about you in my book Cosmic Consciousness: Do-It-Yourself Manual, Chapter "7. Political and Controlling Elite Power Frauds" beginning with the last sentence on page 141 "Charles Barkley vs. Harry Belafonte." Besides yo "redemption" statements broadcast at the '08 DNC last night - Tuesday 8/26/08, I see that you have written several books and done some other 'thangs' that compels me to tell ya I need to do an update on what I wrote 'bout ya in the first paragraph of page 142 "Charles Wade Barkley, whose only claim to fame and material wealth is that he was, statistically, a great basketball player in the NBA…" Yes, I acknowledge that you, personally and individually, have moved well beyond the "Dream Team" - and the most recent "Redeem Teem."

    Congratulations Brother Man, Sir Charles!!! I can now tell you, and anybody else, that all of the evidence that I have access to proves that YOU are one of the rare people among the human species, past and present, who courageously and intelligently studies, and does the 'homework' that facilitates an evolving of personal and individual conscious awareness, which manifest as practical knowledge that you and all of the rest of us can benefit from, whether any Homo 'sap' is aware of that fact or not - in addition to my cheers to ya for being enshrined in the Naismath Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame as player in 2006, yo illustrious broadcast career, charities, and all…

    Even tho' I heard ya 'fess-up' last night 'bout "I'm rich," I'm still offering ya a gift copy of my book. If ya want it, e-mail me to let me know an e-mail address for you that I can send ya the link to download yo copy.

    You sealed the deal with me about the evolution of your thinking with yo public announcement last night that you would not be *voting for a Republican. As I understand it, because of your caring about those who are less fortunate then yourself. Which you also gave as the main reason that YOU are considering running to be the Governor of Alabama, after clearly enunciating the major problems that many to most of the citizens of Alabama are plagued with, unnecessarily. *[Does that mean that Clarence Thomas won't be yo golfing buddy any more?:)]

    As to the dilemma that you are confronted with in regards to helping the people who need the help the most, in Alabama, by entering the political race to become the Governor, although you are well aware of the fact, as YOU publicly stated last night, "Both parties are so corrupt, and I would rather run as an Independent, but I know I wouldn't stand much of a chance like that." Maybe not yo exact words, but essentially what ya said – and what the truth is. As the Founder of and Minister for YOUtopia INstitute, I can help ya with that dilemma with a non-political way of proceeding with that endeavor. Let me know if you are interested in learning about my plan for that mission. Plus dat, you ain't got no embarrassing restraining order against ya for stalking no beautiful, super talented, intelligent young woman.:)

    In any event,

    Best regards - Up and on straight-ahead.

    With The POWER of LOVE Strong & Fair,

    Rama Demetrius Dyushambee, DD

    Vishnu aspect

    Aka: The Cosmic Detective & Cosmic D

    Founder & Minister
  • Charles should be there to provide the news. As you can see, having favorites do not work. And saying that the Wizards are the dumbest team in the NBA for making the second best player in the NBA mad (your opinion), I feel was not in your job duties.moreless

    We all how the wizards proved you wrong, by coming home and destroying Cleaveland. Like Lebron said, a series isnt won until someone wins on someone elses court. As for Soldier Boy, thats who Stevenson likes. One of the older commentators said that he loves Soldier Boy and has all his records and knows all his dances. Like you said, if players want to dictate how much time they get, they should get thier own team. Well I think if you want to talk about NBA teams, then maybe you should get your own team. And as for the you cant see me move, You never commented on Lebron and Damon hitting the ball out the park. Obviously they couldnt see him knocking down them threes. lol. And lastley, You should have spent just as much time talking about how the Wizards blew Cleaveland out as you did when Cleaveland blew out Washington. One thing that I always remember Coach Billick (the Balt. Ravens) saying is that all these players are pros and are getting paid to be pros. Some may be better then others, but thats why you play the game.moreless