Charles Barkley Celebrity LifeCharles Barkley, born on 20th February 1963 in Leeds County, Alabama is a former American professional basketball player. Despite being only 198 cm and 114 kg, he was one of the most powerful heavy forwards. He received the nickname, Sir Charles.
He played for following teams in NBA:
- Philadelphia 76ers - (1984 - 92)
- Phoenix Suns (1992 - 96)
- Houston Rockets (1996 - 2001)
Charles Barkley was born and raised in the municipality of Leeds (Alabama, USA), 16 kilometers from Birmingham. Here he graduated from high school. Being a junior with a height of 178 cm and weighing 99.8 kg, he did not get into the school team. However, in just one summer, he grew to 193 cm and got the opportunity to play in the starting lineup. On average, he scored 19.1 points per game and made 17.9 rebounds. As a result, his team set a state record, winning 26-3 in the semifinals.
Despite some progress, college scouts showed no interest in Barkley until the state championship semi-finals, where he scored 26 points, ahead of Alabama's most productive player Bobby Lee Hart. Sonny Smith, an assistant to the head coach of Auburn University, showed interest and soon Barkley joined the Smith team at the University of Auburn and began to study management. Charles played in the basketball team at the University of Auburn - Auburn Tigers - for three years.
During his college years, he was often forced to play in the center position, despite the fact that he did not meet the growth criteria for this position. Barkley was twice elected to the second (1982-1983, 1983-1984) and once to the third "all-star" team. In 1984, Barkley was recognized as the player of the year.
Barkley left Auburn and got the opportunity to get on the 1984 NBA draft. He got the fifth number and in the first round, he was chosen by Philadelphia 76ers. In the regular season, on average per game, he scored 14.0 points and 8.6 rebounds and ended up in the 1984-85 season list of the best NBA rookies.
In his second season in the NBA (1985-86), Charles Barkley became one of the best players in the team, making the most rebounds and ranked second in performance, gaining an average of 20.0 points per game and making 12.8 rebounds.
After the exchange from Philadelphia 76ers, it was under Barkley that the “golden era” of the Phoenix came. In the 1992-93 season, Barkley was recognized as the regular season MVP, outperforming fans of Michael Jordan himself.
Before the 1996-97 season, Barkley moved to the Houston Rockets. In his first match for the Houston Rockets, Charles Barkley collected thirty-three rebounds, setting a personal record. He continued to fight injuries throughout the season and played only 53 matches. He became the second scorer of the team. For the first time, apart from the debut season, his performance fell below 20 points per game.
In the 1997-98 season also, Charle battled with his injuries. He scored an average of 15.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. The Rocket team ended the regular season with 41–41 wins/losses and lost in five Utah games in the first round of the playoffs.
Due to injuries, Barkley played in only four games. His performance for the playoff games reached the minimum value in his career - 9.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in 21.8 minutes on average per game.
The 1999-2000 season was the last in Barkley’s sports career. Barkley originally scored 14.5 points and made 10.5 rebounds on average per game. The season for Barkley and his career ended prematurely at the age of 36 after breaking the left quadriceps tendon on December 8, 1999, in a game against Philadelphia.
Charles Barkley, after finishing his career, became a commentator on one of the sports channels in the United States.
Barkley, as part of the United States men's basketball team, won two gold medals at the Olympics in Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta (1996). International rules that previously prohibited NBA players from playing at the Olympics were changed in 1992, which allowed Barkley and other NBA professionals to take part in the Olympics for the first time.
In 1989, Barkley got married to Maureen Blumhardt.
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