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Sir Charles Holds Court

Charles Barkley, one of the best to ever play in the NBA, has been speaking his mind for decades
By David Savona | From Charles Barkley, March/April 2020
Sir Charles Holds Court
Portraits by Jim Wright
It’s his voice that you hear first, the warm, loud voice that has made him famous, and occasionally gotten him in trouble. “Hello everybody,” he says. Soon, you see him as he climbs the stairs, a big man with a bald head, his lips curled in a comfortable smile. Charles Barkley has entered the Ashton Cigar Bar. Despite all his accomplishments—11 times an All-Star, the 1993 MVP, a member of the Dream Team—the man who would grab 12,546 rebounds (19th all time) and score more than 23,000 points in the NBA wasn’t a star in his youth. At first, Barkley couldn’t even cut it on his high school team. “I always wanted to be a basketball player, but I just wasn’t good enough,” …
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