Charles Barkley is famous for being one of the most phenomenal American basketball players of all time. Now retired, Barkley didn’t completely abandon the sports. He is working as a TV sports analysts.
In his 16-years professional Bball career, Charles was popular in the courts but is probably, more famous for his refusal to be regarded as a model. He sparked a national debate when he did a Nike commercial asserting that athletes are not role model.
Early Days and Rise to Fame
Charles was born on February 20, 1963, in Leeds, Alabama. At Leeds high, he showed interest in basketball in his junior year but didn’t get a spot on the starting varsity team until his senior year as a result of his height. Barkley didn’t quite come across as the college prospect partly due to his late start to an active high school basketball career. However, Chuck continued to work hard, leading his team to the state semis where his outstanding performance against Alabama’s top player, Bobby Lee Hurt attracted the attention of Auburn University’s assistant head coach, Sonny Smith. Chuck scored 29 points in that game. In 1981, Barkley would go on to attend Auburn University majoring in Business Management.
Barkley became even a more successful collegiate basketball player despite his rather short height and weight. He compensated his flawed statue with increased athleticism and passion for the game. Barkley was known for his garish display of skills especially with the dunk and rebounds which soon earned him the nick “The Round Mound of Rebound”. During his three years (1981-1984) collegiate career at Auburn, Barkley received several awards including the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Player of the Year in 1984, 3 selections for the All-Sec, as well as being named in the All-Century Team.
Successful NBA Career and Salary
Barkley’s unqualified body stats was not a worry for the Philadelphia 76ers who selected him in the NBA 1984 draft. He was picked in the 1st round as their fifth choice. Barkley soon learned to control his weight and improve his game with veteran teammate three-time MVP Moses Malone as his guide. His average 14.9 points and 11.1 rebounds per game was enough to earn him a berth on the NBA All-Rookie Team. His improved performance in the second year (1985/1986) earned him a berth on the All-NBA Second Team. The departure of star teammates like Irving and Malone paved the way for Barkley’s rapid rise to stardom.
His 8-year career with the Sixers ended after the 1991/1992 season. Barkley’s NBA career was characterized by his controversial outspoken nature which got him trouble more often than not. He was among the gold-winning USA Team for the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympic games.
Barkley continued his NBA career with the Phoenix Suns (1992-1996) and ended it with the Houston Rockets (1996 – 2000). One of NBA’s most dominating power forwards, Barkley made it to the All-NBA First Team 5 times, the NBA All-Star team 11 times. More to that, he was the All-Star MVP in 1991 and the NBA league MVP in 1993. He ended his career as the fourth player in NBA history to achieve 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists.
Barkley’s NBA career earnings, from salary alone, was over $40 million. As an active player, he endorsed brands like T-Mobile, Nike and McDonald’s.
Charles Barkley’s net worth is estimated at $40 million.
Barkley’s outspoken and jolly personality earned him a berth as a sports analyst on TNT’s Listen Up and later on the NBA-focused “Inside the NBA” alongside Shaquille O’Neal. Barkley also banks from the sale of the several books he has penned. He is a spokesperson for technology products and services provider CDW Corp and Weight Watchers.
Charles Barkley Daughter, Wife, Kids and Family
Charles Barkley got married in 1989 to his wife, Maureen Blumhardt, a former model and honourable member of the Fresh Sart Women’s Foundation. At the time they met, she was reportedly working in Buck County as a legal aide.
Later that year, they had a baby daughter and named her Christiana.
The Barkley’s marriage is said to be one of the happiest among NBA players. The couple has only one daughter, Christiana Barkley. Nonetheless, it has been circulated a handful of times that they have other kids. But then, there are no reasons to believe the story. They have only one child and, are living together in Scottsdale, Arizona.