Sixers managing partner Josh Harris calls Charles Barkley a role model
One of NBA legend Charles Barkley’s most iconic lines came in a Nike commercial when the burly forward snarled that he was not one that kids should look up to as a role model. But Friday morning, when Barkley’s statue was revealed in front of the Sixers’ practice facility, the circumstances are different.
Sixers managing partner Josh Harris proudly claimed that Chuck is in fact a role model:
Sixers managing partner Josh Harris to Charles Barkley: “Whether you like it or not, today, you are a role model.”
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) September 13, 2019
Charles Barkley takes his place among other Sixers greats along Legend Walk in Camden. Wilt Chamberlain, Maurice Cheeks, and Julius Erving are now accompanied by the effigy of the Round Mound of Rebound.
Role model or not, Barkley has certainly done enough to warrant the honor in Philadelphia. He spent exactly half his career with the Sixers, playing eight full seasons in The City of Brotherly Love. In those years, he averaged 23.3 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He was an All-Star in six of his eight seasons in Philly.
Unfortunately, as Shaq loves to point out so often on TNT, Charles Barkley’s personal success never came to fruition in the playoffs. He went to the postseason 13 times but never came out with a ring. He only made the NBA Finals once, and by that time, he was in Phoenix.
Even though he never brought the city a championship, Sir Charles had a Hall of Fame career and it’s good to see the Sixers recognize him. Congratulations to Chuck on the honor, even though he might still not be the perfect role model.