Charles Barkley | Biography
Renowned by the titles such as Sir Charles, Chuck and The Round Mound of Rebound, he is a retired legendary player of NBA (National Basketball Association). Cited as the most dominating power forward, he is a star of NBA. Beginning to play basketball since his high school, Charles became a pro-basketball player when he was in his early 20s. He played basketball at professional level for nearly 2 decades, during which he received several honoring awards. Charles ended his professional career in 2000 and is currently working as an analyst in the television show Inside the NBA.
Shortly known as Charles Barkley to the public, the player was born as Charles Wade Barley on 20th February, 1963. Although identities of his parents are concealed, it has been reported that he was born to teen parents who got divorced when he was very young. He was then raised by her mother and grandmother, followed by his stepfather after her mother remarried. Born a healthy kid, Charles suffered from Anemia when he was of just 6 weeks old. This required a complete blood transfusion at such a tender age. In 1989, he got married to Maureen Blumhardt. He became a father the same year after her wife gave birth to their daughter Christiana. There isn’t much news in media about his personal life. So we can assume that his family life is happy and prosperous.
Born and raised in his hometown, Leeds, Alabama, Charles faced various emotional and financial ups and downs as a child but none of the trouble was as great as his ambition to become a basketball player. Charles was a student at Leeds High School. During his junior years in the high school he was very stout, standing 5 feet and 10 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds. His could not make through the high school’s varsity team because if his big body frame. However, after gaining 6 inches height and standing 6 feet and 4 inches tall, he made through the varsity team during his senior year. Despite the improvements, Charles received no attention from the college bird dog until the match where he astonished the spectators by scoring 26 points against one of Alabama’s best player Bobby Lee Hurt. Sonny Smith from the Auburn University was very impressed by seeing a fat guy playing like the wind. Sonny soon recruited him in the university and he studied Business Management. As a collegiate basketball player, Charles was popular in the crowd the uncommon way he grabbed defensive rebound. He could dribble the entire court length and dunk with two hands for which he ultimately received the nickname The Round Mound of Rebound. Charles played for almost three years for the Auburn but left the college before his final years in order to join the NBA Draft. He eventually began playing as a professional player in 1984 with the team Philadelphia 76ers, also known as Sixers. He played for the Philadelphia 76ers from 1984 to 1992, for Phoenix Suns from 1992 to 1996 and for Houston Rockets from 1996 to 2000. During this time period, he made 11 appearances in NBA All-Star Games. He has earned several awards like NBA Most Valuable Player Award, NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award, Best NBA Player ESPY Award, Outstanding Performance by an Athlete in Entertainment ESPY Award, Sports Emmy Award, etc. After dropping his professional career in 2000, Charles began appearing as an analyst in the television sports show Inside the NBA. He has also appeared in Saturday Night Live and has served as a commentator for NFL Wild Card Playoffs. He is a great sports personality who has accumulated a huge net worth of 30 million USD.
Besides an NBA star, Charles is a real life star too who has been helping the needy people through charities such as Ante Up For Africa, ENOUGH Project, LIVESTRONG, Stand Up To Cancer and others which raises funds for victims of cancer, sexual abuse, disaster, etc. He is a frank person who speaks to the point. He once rejected athletes to be role models and declared in a Nike ad that he was not a role model too which created huge controversy in the media. His habit of extreme gambling has also created many controversies to which he has answered that gambling is not a problem to him until he can afford it. He has lost millions of dollars in gambling and playing cards.
Charles is truly an extra-ordinary man gifted with amazing skills. His dribbling and dunking skills have always left the spectators with their jaws dropped and eye-brows raised. Regardless the controversies that exist about Charles’s nature, he is really a valuable former star of NBA.