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Charles Barkley is a former professional basketball player from the United States who now works as an analyst for Inside the NBA.

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Early life

Charles Wade Barkley was born on February 20, 1963, in Leeds, Alabama, about ten miles outside of Birmingham. He was the first black baby born in a segregated, all-white town hospital, and he was among the school’s first black students. When he was young, his parents divorced after his father abandoned the family.

His mother remarried and had a son named John Glenn. When Charles was 11 years old, his stepfather was killed in an accident.

He went to Leeds High School. Barkley weighed 220 pounds as a junior and stood 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was named a reserve after failing to make the varsity team. During the summer, however, Barkley grew to 6 ft 4 in and earned a starting spot on the varsity as a senior. He led his team to a 26–3 record and the state semi-finals by averaging 19.1 points and 17.9 rebounds per game.

Despite his progress, Barkley received no interest from college scouts until the state high school semi-finals, when he scored 26 points against Alabama’s most highly recruited player, Bobby Lee Hurt. Sonny Smith, an assistant to Auburn University’s head coach, was at the game and saw “a fat guy…who can play like the wind.” Barkley was quickly recruited by Smith and attended Auburn University, where he majored in business management.

Career

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Charles Barkley was an 11-time NBA All-Star, an 11-time All-NBA Team member, and the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 1993. (MVP). He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History during the NBA’s 50th anniversary.

He was an All-American power forward at Auburn University before being drafted with the 5th pick in the 1984 NBA draught by the Philadelphia 76ers as a junior. Barkley was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1985. Barkley led the league in rebounding average during the 1986–87 season, earning his first NBA rebounding title.

From the back row, L-R: Patrick Ewing, Christian Laettner, Magic Johnson, David Robinson, Karl Malone, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Chuck Daly, Charles Barkley, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, John Stockton, Clyde Drexler.

In 1991, he was named NBA All-Star Game MVP. He was named the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1993 while playing for the Phoenix Suns. He competed in the Olympic Games in 1992 and 1996, winning two gold medals as a member of the United States’ “Dream Team.”

Barkley has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame twice, once for his individual career and once as a member of the “Dream Team.”

Barkley, despite being shorter than the average power forward, used his strength and aggressiveness to become one of the NBA’s most dominant rebounders. He was a versatile player who could score, create plays, and defend. He retired in 2000 as the fourth player in NBA history to record 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, and 4,000 assists.

Barkley has had a successful career as an NBA analyst since retiring as a player. As a studio pundit for Turner Network Television’s (TNT) NBA coverage, he collaborates with Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, and Ernie Johnson (for which he has won four Sports Emmy Awards).

Personal life

The 58-year-old former NBA star has been married to Maureen Blumhardt for 31 years and has a private life with their daughter Christiana Barkley.

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After dating for a long time, the couple married in 1989. Charles and Maureen chose a private courthouse wedding in Philadelphia.

Barkley met his future wife, Maureen Blumhardt, while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers in the early half of the 1980s. Their paths crossed at City Avenue, a restaurant. Conversations turned into dates, and before they knew it, they were in love.

During the 1980s, racism was very prevalent. As a result, Charles and Maureen’s marriage was frowned upon. They were harshly criticised and faced a lot of backlash as a result of their decision.

Despite all odds, the couple married with the support of their families.

They currently reside in Scottsdale, Arizona, on a $2 million dollar estate.

Full NameCharles Wade Barkley
Commonly known asCharles Barkley
Date Of Birth20 February 1963
Age58
Height198 cm
Weight114 Kg
Wife/SpouseMaureen Blumhardt
ChildrenChristiana Barkley
Net Worth$50 million

Controversies

When Charles Barkley was playing against the New Jersey Nets in 1991, a fan shouting racial slurs at the Philadelphia 76ers star sparked an altercation.

Charles Barkley, enraged by the incident, decided to take matters into his own hands and attempted to spit on the fan. To make matters worse, he misjudged his target and spitting on an innocent young girl in the stands.

Barkley made headlines again in 1997 when he was charged with ‘aggravated battery and resisting arrest’ by police. Charles Barkley threw a man out the window of an Orlando bar because he was bothering him.

Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old woman, was shot and killed by police in Louisville in March 2020. The police officers involved were not properly punished by the court, and citizens across the country are outraged at the lack of justice.

Charles Barkley, on the other hand, spoke out in support of the cops, claiming that Breonna Taylor’s death is not comparable to some of the other recent deaths in the country as a result of police brutality.

Clyde Drexler of the Houston Rockets later bailed Barkley out. Barkley did not apologise for the incident and stated that he would do it again if someone bothered him.

While discussing the incident, Barkley said, “If you bother me, I’m going to whip your ass. The guy threw ice in my face, and I slammed his a** into the window. I’m not denying that. I defended myself. He got what he deserved.”

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