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.
March 9, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Ernie Johnson stood in front of the room with a microphone in hand. Jim Nantz - who, a little earlier, revealed he was taking painkillers for back pain and was "channeling his inner Charlie Sheen" as a result - was to his left. The NCAA tournament will be different this year. CBS Sports and Turner Sports are partnering to broadcast all the games in real time across four networks: CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV. The move is long overdue. No more screaming at the television after some mindless executive makes the inexplicable call to switch to a blowout rather than stay with a game that's close and exciting.
December 15, 2010 |
PHILADELPHIA'S first beloved No. 34 is very excited about Cliff Lee 's return to the Phillies. "It's great for the Philly fans," Charles Barkley told us yesterday. "As a fan, I just think that you want a legitimate shot to win every year. "The Phillies for the next three or five years are going to have a legitimate shot to win, and that's awesome," said the Sixers legend, now living in Arizona. We asked if Lee's having worn 34, Barkley's old Sixers number, made him more fond of the pitcher, and it turns out it does.
October 4, 2010 |
Philly fans love Charles Barkley. Considerably less so when he's strolling through the Lincoln Financial Field parking lots an hour before kickoff wearing a Redskins jersey. It was No. 5, but still . . . "I just want to give him the respect he deserves," the ex-Sixer said when asked about his Donovan McNabb jersey, which was sent to him by Skins owner Daniel Snyder. Hard-core/drunk Eagles fans were not so understanding. "You traitor! What are you wearing that shirt for?"