NBA Hall of Famer and bombastic commentator Charles Barkley turns 50 years old on Feb. 20, and based on the revealing interview that followed the festivities on NBA All-Star Saturday, he's heading into his second half-century without holding anything back.
The Chuckster was reflective, honest and even a little contradictory at times. But that's what we've all come to expect from him.
And even though Barkley's friend and co-worker Ernie Johnson was the man asking the questions, this was no fluff piece. Chuck had to face down some of his most infamous moments, and he even displayed a certain amount of unabashed disappointment during the uglier portions of his 50th-birthday retrospective.
Considering he's been a notable (and uniquely vocal) part of the NBA world for 30 years, it's hard to imagine there was anything new to learn about Barkley. But there were some especially compelling revelations in his wide-ranging interview.