Video: Charles Barkley reacts to statue unveiling outside Sixers’ practice facility
Philadelphia 76ers legend and TNT personality Charles Barkley got the chance to unveil his newest accolade on Friday: a statue in his likeness constructed by the Sixers on Legends Way in Camden. Barkley immediately cracked a joke upon seeing the statue, claiming his weight was probably not portrayed accurately:
"I don't know if I've ever been that skinny." 😂
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) September 13, 2019
To be fair, Chuck is probably right. He was listed at 6-foot-6, 252 pounds in his playing days. There’s a reason he was nicknamed The Round Mound of Rebound.
With the Sixers, Barkley became one of the most dominant forwards in the league during his playing days. He was deceptively athletic and had a talent for snagging boards over players three or four inches taller than him. In fact, Barkley averaged double-digit rebounds in all but one year of his 16-year career.
After his Hall of Fame career, Chuck became one of the NBA’s most popular analysts. While he might not be a basketball encyclopedia, Barkley is always good for a hot take and straight-shooting analysis. His back-and-forth with Shaq on TNT is usually worth the tune-in by itself.
Charles Barkley has come a long way since he was drafted out of Auburn in 1984. His accolades include an MVP, 11 All-Star appearances, 11 appearances on an All-NBA team, and three jersey retirements. Now he can add this statue to the list.