Video:Profile of Charles Barkleywith Jamal Andress
NBA basketball player Charles Barkley began at Auburn College, and left his mark on the Philadephia 76ers, Pheonix Suns, and Houston Rockets. Learn more about Barkley's legendary basketball career in this ABout.com videoSee Transcript
Transcript:Profile of Charles Barkley
Hey I'm Jamal Andress with About.com and today we're talking about NBA great, the outspoken Charles Barkley.
Charles Barkley at Auburn College
Charles Barkley was born in 1963 in Leeds, Alabama. Barkley was an overweight high school kid until the summer before his senior year when he grew from 5'10 to 6'4. Barkley played center with the Auburn Tigers for three years, he led the SEC in rebounding each year. Barkley's college stat line was 16 points, 9 rebounds and one block per game.
Philadelphia 76ers Draft Barkley
Charles Barkley was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the fifth overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. Barkley joined a veteran 76ers team that included Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Moses Malone. Malone mentored Barkley during his rookie year and the 76ers made it to the Conference Finals. By Barkley's fourth season he was averaging 28 points and just shy of 12 rebounds a game, with Julius Erving and Moses Malone no longer on the team, Barkley was the leader of the franchise.
Barkley's Legacy in Philadelphia
Barkley continued to play well with the 76ers but was not able to make it past the conference semi finals. Barkley spent eight years in Philadelphia where he would become the 76ers fourth leading scorer and third leading rebounder in history. Due to the 76ers lack of production in the postseason, Barkley demanded to be traded after the 1992 postseason.
Barkley Gets Traded to Phoenix Suns
In July of 1992 Barkley was traded to the Phoenix Suns and the season that followed would be historic for the Suns and Barkley. Barkley averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds and a career high 8 assists per game on his way to the NBA Finals and a regular season MVP award. The Suns met the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals and lost in 6 games, even after Barkley claimed it was “destiny” for the Suns to win the title.
The 93 postseason was the closest Barkley would come to winning a title but just like in Philadelphia he continued to put up impressive numbers. During the 1995-1996 season he led the team in scoring, rebounds, and steals.
Barkley Gets Traded to Houston Rockets
Barkley was traded to a veteran Houston Rockets team that included two time NBA Finals MVP Hakeem Olajuwon but most of his time in Houston was plagued by injuries. The Rockets would advance to the Western Conference Finals but lose in six games to John Stockton, Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz.
Barkely's Retirement and Post Retirement
During Barkley's final year in the league he would sustain a serious quad injury that sidelined him for four months. Refusing to let the injury be that last the NBA would see of him, Barkley came back for one last game before retiring. Since Barkley's retirement he's served as a studio analyst for "Inside the NBA" on TNT and guest starred on many other sports programs.
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