Charles Barkley played for Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Houston, and became an eleven time NBA All Star.
Charles Barkley grew up in Leeds, Alabama, where he was raised by his mother and grandmother. Charles attended Auburn University and was the Southeastern Conference Player of the Decade for the 1980s. He joined the NBA in 1984 and played eight seasons with the 76ers. Charles was selected the 1989-90 Player of the Year by both Sporting News and Basketball Weekly, and he was the MVP of the 1991 NBA All Star Game.
In 1992 Charles Barkley represented the United States and won a gold medal as a member of the USA "Dream Team." It was during these Olympic Games in Barcelona that the rest of the world discovered the personality that American basketball fans already knew. That year, Charles was traded to the Phoenix Suns, which he helped transform into a powerhouse in the NBA West. In 1993, Charles and the Suns battled his close friend Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals. He was the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 1992-93.
During the 1995-96 season, Charles reached a huge career milestone by scoring his 20,000th point and grabbing his 10,000th rebound. He also had the honor of repeating as a Dream Team Member at the Atlanta Olympics, where he again virtually stole the show. After winning his second gold medal, Charles was traded to the Houston Rockets, where he completed his career. For sixteen unforgettable seasons, Charles was a league leader in rebounding and in heart, and was a perennial member of the NBA's All-Interview Team.
Off the court, he has appeared in many innovative and memorable television commercials, for products including Nike, McDonald's, Gillette Right Guard, Charles Schwab, and AT&T. Whether battling Godzilla, expounding on personal hygiene during a foxhunt, or romping on a basketball court with Bugs Bunny, Charles remains a much sought-after commercial endorser. He has written two books (published by Simon & Schuster and Warner Books), starred in an NBA video and two comic books, and has appeared in several films, including "Space Jam" for Warner Bros.
Within a few weeks of his retirement, Charles began a career as a leading in-studio analyst for "NBA on TNT" broadcasts for Turner Sports. His plans call for simultaneous careers in television and feature films.