Charles Barkley tired of broadcasting, wants to enter politics… again


Former NBA star and popular basketball broadcaster Charles Barkley, who has been an NBA analyst with TNT for 13 years, may be ready to end his television run, reports the New York Post.

Barkley gave an interview with SI.com and revealed that while he has four years on his current contract, he’s spent.

“I love my job. I love the people I work with. And I’m going to try to do things to keep me engaged,” Barkley said. “But I have four years left on my current deal and to be honest with you, it’s going to be a struggle for me to make it for the whole four years. I really don’t know how much longer I’m going to do this. I need something more, or something else to do, to be honest with you.”

Barkley has indicated that he has aspirations beyond basketball. He played in the NBA for 16 years before becoming a basketball broadcaster. One area of interest to him is politics; he hinted at a run for governor of Alabama.

Back in 2008 Barley, already an NBA analyst, has shown an interest in politics, announcing that he would run for Governor of Alabama in 2014.

Barkley told SI.com, “When I got to my fifth year of broadcasting I was like, ‘OK, I’ll do this a couple of more years.’ But now I’m like, ‘Dude, you have been doing this for 13 years and if I make it to the end of the contract it will be 17 years.’ Seventeen years is a long time. It’s a lifetime in broadcasting. I personally have to figure out the next challenge for me.”

Barkley retired from NBA in 2000, he retired as the fourth player in NBA history to achieve 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists.

11-time All-Star, Barkley was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2006.

He competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games and won two gold medals as a member of the United States men’s basketball team.

Barkley was a prolific scorer and a great rebounder, who holds career averages of 22.1 ppg and 11.7 rpg in 36.7 minutes on the court.

Barkley led the league in offensive rebounds for 3 consecutive seasons, and holds a personal record of 14.6 rebounds per game achieved in 1986-1987 season.

Scoring wise, Barkley never in his career averaged below 14 points per game. He played in 1073 NBA games, starting in 1012 of them.

Barkley was one of the NBA’s most versatile players and accurate scorers capable of scoring from anywhere on the court and established himself as one of the NBA’s top power forwards of all time. Some say he was the best.

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