October 13, 2011 |
THREE YOUNG guys went up to Charles Barkley when he was early in his Sixers career. Think it was at the old Houlihan's on City Line Avenue. Star struck, one of the guys offered to buy Sir Charles a drink. "Hold on," erupted another. "Do you know how much money he makes?" Barkley loved the spirit and couldn't agree more. So he picked up the tab for the guys' next round. Money hasn't been a problem for Barkley for most of his adult life. Basketball-Reference.com estimates he made $40 million in his career and he has had lucrative TV jobs since retiring.
August 8, 2011 |
Mickey Rourke , Charles Barkley , Randy Moss and Bernard Hopkins were among celebrities who caught the Ultimate Fighting Championship 133 Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Rourke, Barkley and B-Hop sat ringside, while Moss and U.S. Men's National Team Soccer goalie Tim Howard were elsewhere in the arena. Out and about A few days before the mixed martial arts bouts, Barkley and former Pistons and Simon Gratz High star Rasheed Wallace partied together at G Lounge (111 S. 17th)
July 24, 2011
Like most sportswriters, we usually have room in our diet for anything that's deep-fried, especially if it comes on a bun with fattening toppings. But what they served in Broxton, Mass., on Saturday made us take a pass. Especially for $80! The minor-league Broxton Rox decided to celebrate National Hot Dog Day by entering the Guinness Book of World Records for the most expensive hot dog ever. But they came up with a concoction that ranks somewhere between disgusting and grotesque.
July 13, 2011
WHEN THE ODDS are literally stacked against you, what else is there to do but have fun? Charles Barkley, a 500-1 underdog to win this weekend's American Century Championship, said he is hedging his own bets and plans to try his luck by pulling a Jimi Hendrix: playing the celebrity golf tournament lefthanded. His reasoning? "It's not like I'm kicking ass playing righthanded," Barkley said. "I'll probably get two or three good shots out of 10, but when I play lefthanded I don't get nervous or scared at all on the course, which is a definite upside.
June 10, 2011
CHARLES BARKLEY, that struggling duffer of note, doesn't think it matters who owns the Sixers, his one-time club. "Nobody cares, to be honest," said the NBA Hall of Famer/TNT analyst yesterday on a media call for the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship next month in Lake Tahoe, where his odds of winning are listed at 500-1. "It's about the coaches and the players. Doug [Collins] did a fantastic job this year, they're going in the right direction, people just have to be patient.
June 10, 2011 |
Charles Barkley doesn't see what all the fuss is about. A six-time all-star during his eight seasons with the 76ers, Barkley, often the master of hyperbole, believes that there has been an overreaction to the news on Tuesday that Comcast-Spectacor was deep in negotiations to sell the franchise. Speaking on a conference call to promote the American Century Golf Championship July 15-17 at Lake Tahoe, which features 80 sports and entertainment stars, Barkley was at his entertaining best.
May 5, 2011 |
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Former NBA star Charles Barkley says he has never seen anything like the destruction from last month's tornado in the Birmingham suburbs of Pleasant Grove and Pratt City. "It was far and away the worst thing I've seen in my life," said Barkley, a native of nearby Leeds who played college basketball at Auburn. Barkley spoke yesterday after a pro-am for the Champions Tour's Regions Tradition. The PGA Tour has pledged $100,000 to help in rebuilding the area, and an auction Tuesday night raised nearly $50,000.
April 24, 2011 |
A few months back, when the Sixers were playing well and it looked as if they'd secure an unexpected invitation to the NBA's annual postseason soiree, some people got excited. Charles Barkley wasn't one of them. "Why is Doug Collins trying to win games? That's stupid," Barkley told an Inquirer reporter. "They should develop the young guys and try to get a better draft pick. " The Sixers and anyone who's watched them would likely point out that the team did "develop the young guys" this year.
March 12, 2011
76ers Notes The 76ers begin a five-game trip Saturday in Milwaukee, one that includes games in Utah, Los Angeles (against the Clippers), Sacramento, and Portland, where it ends on March 19. It's the last extended trip of the season. After that, the Sixers will have just four road games. "It is nice to know after we get back from this trip the long trips are behind us," Sixers coach Doug Collins said before Friday's 89-86 win over the Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center.
March 9, 2011
NEW YORK - Charles Barkley has had an agenda for a long time. He's just never had the crown jewel of collegiate athletics as a forum to air his complaints about the NCAA and what he sees as its lack of commitment to educating student athletes. But if the NCAA suits in Indianapolis are holding their collective breath in anticipation - or fear - of what the outspoken Barkley will say during broadcasts of the NCAA Tournament, they have no one to blame but themselves. Barkley said that before he agreed to be a part of the new NCAA broadcast partnership between CBS and Turner Sports, he needed a meeting with NCAA staff to air some private grievances and get assurances that he would have the liberty to air said grievances publicly during the tournament, while the games were being televised live.