Who is Charles Barkley?
Born Charles Wade Barkley under the sign of Pisces on the 20th of February 1963 in Leeds, Alabama USA, Charles is a 55-year-old African-American retired professional basketball player (power forward) and a sports analyst. Also nicknamed ‘Chuck’, ‘Sir Charles’ and ‘The Round Mound of Rebound’, he is best known for his highly significant presence in the NBA over the course of 16 years, during which time he established himself as one of the most dominant power forwards in American basketball history. He has had a number of successes as both a player and an analyst in his often lucrative NBA career since 1984.
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Early Life: High School Years
Pre-Career: College Years
Barkley spent three seasons playing collegiate basketball at Auburn University. He had issues with maintaining proper weight, but that didn’t stop him from excelling as a sportsman, and he thus led the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in rebounding all three years. He made up for his lack of height and excess body weight with various crowd pleasing moves on the court, which helped him become seen as any other great player with proper body measurements.
Eventually, thanks to his habit to not pass the ball after rebounding and instead dribble over to the opposite end of the court and finish with a slam dunk, he earned the aforementioned nickname ‘The Round Mound of Rebound’. He played in the center position during his college years, even though he was shorter than the average center. He eventually became a member of Auburn University’s All-Century team, and still holds its record for career field goal percentage at 62.6%. Over the three years, he averaged 14.8 points per game, 9.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.7 blocks. While still in college in 1984, he participated in the NCAA Tournament, after which he finished with 23 points per game on 80% field goal shooting, as well as 17 rebounds, 14 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
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Career: 76ers, Suns and Rockets
Love Life: Married to Maureen Blumhardt
As for Barkley’s romantic involvements, he has been married to Maureen Blumhardt since the 9th of February 1989. Though Charles is yet to get a son, he and his wife have a daughter named Christiana Barkley, who was born in the same year as their wedding. The family lives together in in Scottsdale, Arizona – there hasn’t been any controversy surrounding his marriage.
What is Charles Barkley’s Net Worth?
Net worth is close to $40 million, made largely as a basketball player and then an analyst, mostly as one of the most accomplished power forwards in NBA history.
His height is 6ft 6ins (1.98m) and his current weight is 251lbs (114kg). His hair is pitch dark (although he is now generally bald) and his eyes are dark brown.