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The Incomparable…Charles Barkley

Updated on August 4, 2013
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Karl Malone elbows Isiah Thomas ( 40 stich Blow!)

"…if we all knew Magic was going to live this long I would've gotten the MVP ( '92 All-Star Game) and Magic probably wouldn't have made the Olympic team" - Clyde Drexler

I remember when Drexler threw that brick at the glass house image of the 1992 Dream Team. Apparently the statute of limitations on holding a grudge had expired as far as Drexler was concerned.

When the producers of the 20ThAnniversary of the 1992 Dream Team made their list of events, they were not expecting that all of this bad blood was going to come out twenty years later.

They tried hard as hell to paint the 1992 Dream Team as some type of Woodstock thing for the public, but in less than a month’s time it was heading the other way very, very quickly.

From Isaiah Thomas clearly being kept off the team because of Jordan and others that didn't want him as a teammate to Clyde Drexler calling Magic Johnson out for engaging in bad behavior and then playing the victim role.

It was becoming one entertaining car wreck.

The fact was that Isaiah Thomas was so furious at the snub that when the Detroit Pistons played the Utah Jazz during the regular season that year, he dropped 44 points on them and was to embarrassing John Stockton the entire game.

The only reason Thomas didn't do more damage was because Karl Malone tried to decapitate him with an elbow to the head that sent Thomas to the locker-room requiring 40 stitches.

Then Charles Barkley came to the rescue of the Dream Team, just like he did back in 1992.

He started telling jokes, one liners and just lightening the whole mood.The only member from the 1992 Dream Team that apparently truely enjoyed himself was Charles Barkley.

While his teammates sat in their hotel rooms watching Television and ordering room service, Charles was out and about painting Barcelona red.

You've to understand...Barkley had been drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers and when he got to the NBA as rookie, he had to share a locker-room with established NBA All-Stars Julius Erving and Moses Malone.

Barkley knew his place in Philadelphia, and...

he knew his place in the Dream Team’s Food Chain. Charles Barkley, to this date, remains in love with life.

A guy that is just as comfortable in a room full of celebrities as he’s pounding a few cold ones with the locals.

He has said many times that he would always feel blessed and thankful for the game of basketball.

How the Game of Basketball had granted him the privilege of meeting so many great people.

Sure! Barkley has had his indiscretions, but like the Holy Man once said “…he who’s without sin…”.

I saw him once on Television kiss the ass of a donkey, after he lost a bet about Yao Ming’s NBA skills.

Also saw him get hurt, and play his last NBA game wearing a Houston Rocket’s uniform. After the game and decisively limping on his way to the locker-room, he stop and started signing autographs for a bunch kids.

Other then age and quiet a few pounds heavier, the Charles Barkley that you see today and you hear talking about Performance Enhancing Drugs, is the same Charles Barkley that played in the NBA for 16 seasons and painted Barcelona red in 1992.

He swore once that when he’s selected for induction into the Hall of Fame, he wanted to go in wearing a Philadelphia 76ers’ uniform because, as he put it, they took a chance and drafted that fat kid from Auburn University.

Barkley said once, also, that he may go into politics and help people in his native Alabama.

That’s Charles for you. The man had fun playing the game and is having fun now.

And he was not going to let a bunch of Alpha Male Types slow his groove, not then, and most definitely not now.

The mas is no stick in the mud!

Written By: The Voice of One! #jeolmoz2
Julio E. Olmo, Sr. Follow @jeolmoz2


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    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Loved your tribute here to Barkley, Julio. He seems to be an incredible guy who also happens to love basketball. I loved the top photo, lol. But, having been a Piston's fan in Michigan, years ago, I also enjoyed your mention of that team and Isaiah Thomas. Interesting hub: UP, Funny & interesting.

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      I used to like Drexler when still a kid, didn't know he could be so... poisonous! As for Barkley, yea, I think he was always cool guy. Finally, indeed Bryant didn't know what he was talking about...

      Great hub.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      This is a great hub - interesting and amusing. I love how you make sports so relatable to anyone and everyone.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      I actually remember Barkley when he played for Auburn. He was virtually unstoppable. His mouth caused some problems for him there, too. Yet, he's never changed, as you say. Love him or hate him, Charles will be Charles. Great Hub!

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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Good hub, awesome tribute to one of my favorite players, Sir Charles. I love this guy. Great sense of humor and, like you said, lives his life to the fullest. If he loses a bet, (and we knows he bets), he honors the loss (no matter what the cost)..One of the best characters in the NBA in my opinion. Thanks for the hub. Sharing

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      One thing you have to say about Charles Barkley is that he is always himself. Not alot of celebrities can do that as easily and I respect him for that even if I don't agree with his views. However as a sports commentator he's very good. Great hub!

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Interesting Article!!! I graduated from High School that year, Barkley certainly does not lack personality. I was truly sad when Magic became ill and my heart went out to his family! It must be hard when your life is so public!