Charles Barkley, one of the most well rounded NBA pundits of our generation, says lots of stuff.
Some of the stuff Barkley says is initiated, then subsequently attacked by co-hosts Ernie Johnson, Reggie Miller, and Kenny Smith. Some of it is left unaddressed; brushed over as erratic mumblings not worth the short broadcast time to question.
All of it is brilliant.
We know a few things about Charles Barkley. We know he’s been an NBA All-Star 11 times. We know he’s won two Olympic gold medals. We know he recently got a DUI conviction and once threw a guy through a plate glass window for throwing a cup of ice at a bar.
But perhaps the source of his broadcast charisma will never be known—his appeal clearly seems something that can’t be easily summarized or taught.
Barkley, ever a hunter for lit “hot” signs outside of Krispy Kreme bakeries, may go down in broadcast history as one of the single greatest TV sports personalities of our day.
He also may not.
Still, devoted to him is this final ode to stuff Charles Barkley’s said in the 2010 NBA playoffs. With ESPN covering the remainder of the 2010 NBA finals, it looks like this may be goodbye until next season. Until then, so long, Sir Charles.
Rest assured, we’ll be back as soon as you say more stuff.