Charles Barkley Quotes

Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Nicknamed "Chuck", "Sir Charles", and "The Round Mound of Rebound", Barkley established himself as one of the National Basketball Association's most dominating power forwards. He was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 5th pick of the 1984 NBA draft. He was selected to the All-NBA First Team five times, the All-NBA Second Team five times, and once to the All-NBA Third Team. He earned eleven NBA All-Star Game appearances and was named the All-Star MVP in 1991. In 1993, he was voted the league's Most Valuable Player and during the NBA's 50th anniversary, named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games and won two gold medals as a member of the United States' "Dream Team". Barkley is a two-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, being inducted in 2006 for his individual career, and in 2010 as a member of the "Dream Team".

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Charles Barkley


Poor people cannot rely on the government to come to help you in times of need. You have to get your education. Then nobody can control your destiny.

Charles Barkley


I'm not a role model... Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids.

Charles Barkley


As long as anti-gay legislation exists in any state, I strongly believe big events such as the Final Four and Super Bowl should not be held in those states' cities.

Charles Barkley


See, my hope and dream is that people have a good time watching basketball. It's not church. It's not serious.

Charles Barkley


I'm not paid to be a role model, parents should be role models.

Charles Barkley


I don't believe athletes should be role models. . . . We're a one-shot deal, one in a million, so we should be the least likely role models. . . . I think one of the problems in society today is that we don't stress education enough, because we glorify athletes, actors and actresses.

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Well, all I can say is that people know I'm not saying anything out of malice.

Charles Barkley


I don't know anything about Angola, but Angola's in trouble.

Charles Barkley


The most underrated player in NBA history is Dominique Wilkins. Right behind him is Gary Payton. He never has gotten the respect he deserves. If he doesn't spend the rest of his days in Seattle, I hope he goes someplace where he has a chance to win a title.

Charles Barkley


I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance. I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.

Charles Barkley


Yeah, I regret we weren't on a higher floor.

Charles Barkley


It ain't like we're curing cancer or anything, we're watching basketball.

Charles Barkley


I'm still going to Disney World.

Charles Barkley


The older I get, the faster I was.

Charles Barkley


Unfortunately, as I tell my white friends, we as black people, we're never going to be successful not because of you white people but because of other black people,

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