Charles Barkley is a former American Basketball player. Similarly, Charles Barkley is recognized by many as the NBA’s greatest power forwards of all time.
Table of Biography
Charles Barkley’s full name is Charles Wade Barkley. He was born on February 20, 1963. Thus, he is 59 years old at the present. Likewise, he was born in Leeds, Alabama. He is an American by nationality. He was born to parents Charley Glenn(Mother) and Frank Barkley(Father). However, his parents were divorced after his father abandoned the family. He has two siblings named Darryl Barkley and John Glenn Barkley. Another one of his brothers named Rennie passed away during infancy.
Charles’s interest in the sport started in his high school days. Similarly, he attended Leeds High School located in his hometown. There he officially started playing basketball. Likewise, he attended Auburn University. He majored in business management during his university days. Other than these, no further information is available regarding his education.
As he was already a part of his High School’s basketball team, he continued during his university days as well. Sonny Smith was the one who recognized his talent and recruited him into Auburn’s basketball team named; The Auburn Tigers. One of the highlights of his college career was when he appeared in the NCAA Tournament held in the year 1984. This was the first and the only time he appeared in the NCAA Tournament. However, he didn’t play during his senior year.
Further about his career
For the 1984 NBA Draft, he was signed by the Philadelphia 76ers as their 5th pick for the first round. Under the training and guidance of Moses Malone, he was able to properly prepare himself for the games. In his second year with the Philadelphia 76ers, he was promoted to the team’s leading rebounder and number two scorer. Similarly, he was the team’s starting power forward as well. In the same year, he secured himself a spot in the All-NBA Second Team. After Moses Malone was traded to the Washington Bullets, before the start of the 1986-87 season, he was responsible for leading the team.
In his third season playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, he appeared in 5 games in the playoffs. Moreover, it was the first time he made it to the All-NBA Star Team. On November 30, 1988, Barkley officially was named the first player in the history of the league to register a 40-point, 20-rebound, 5-assists, and 5-steal performance. Similarly, he also scored the highest points of his career during the regular season.
Phoenix Sun/ Houston Rockets
He was traded to Phoenix Sun for the 1992-93 season. At this point in his career, he was already a renowned name in the Sports Industry. He was quite the talk of the town by this time. He played his debut game for the Phoenix Sun on November 7, 1992. During his time with the Phoenix Sun, he appeared in 24 play-offs and played altogether 76 games. Soon he was traded to Houston Rockets in the year 1996. His first two seasons with his new team weren’t quite what well as he frequently suffered injuries now and then during the games.
Nonetheless, he was still doing a phenomenal job of leading his team. His final season in the NBA was in the years 1999-2000. In total, he appeared in 20 games. In a match against his former team the Philadelphia 76ers he suffered a ruptured left quadriceps in the year 1999. Similarly, Barkley played his final match as a professional basketball player against the Vancouver Grizzlies in a home game.
He was fortunate enough to compete in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics, playing as a part of the US “Dream Team”. His team won the gold medal during that game. Likewise, he also won a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Career After Retirement
After his retirement as a professional basketball player, his love for the sport made him a commentator and analyst who is one of the members of “Inside the NBA”. He is a part of the expert panel for the pre-game and halftime shows for the TNT program. Similarly, he is also a writer who has also written books like “Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man?”, “I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It”, and a few more. Likewise, he has also tried acting in an episode of series like Modern Family, Suits, etc.
Charles has worked a lot of different jobs throughout his life. From a professional basketball player to writing a book of his own. Although not many details about his properties and assets are available, his total net worth is around $100 million. However, further details regarding his salary are not obtainable at the moment.
Charles is married to his wife Maureen Blumhardt. The date of their marriage is on February 9, 1989. Similarly, the couple has a beautiful daughter named Christiana. Their daughter was born in the same year of their marriage. The couple still lives together happily.
Charles was once caught up in a controversy after making a statement that athletes shouldn’t be considered role models. This statement of his stirred up quite the talk for a hot while. Other than this, he is not a part of any rumors.
Body Measurement and Social Media
He stands 6 feet 6 inches tall. Likewise, he has dazzling dark brown eyes. Other than these, there are nobody measurements available on the web. Further details are still under review.
Charles is not active on any social media platforms at the moment. Unlike most people, it seems that he enjoys his time off the world of instant sharing and viewing. In a way, it is good that one can find better things to do rather than being engaged on social media most of their free time. However, as of now, he is not available on social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.