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.
“Kobe Bryant, like, he’s trying to seize the moment.”
Ever-poignant analysis from the Round Mound of Rebound.
“Hey Grant, remember when you got me fired in Detroit?”
Tellin’ it like it is!
“I miss my girls Mango and Yoo-hoo, so this gots me excited. Heeeey daddy’s girls! “
Though this may raise some dissention, the fact that Barkley’s got two fluffy lap dogs named Mango and Yoo-hoo really solidifies his legendary status for many of us. FYI, Mango and Yoo-hoo are pretty cute dogs.
“Private jets too. I don’t let my dogs fly with the regular old riff-raff people.”
In response to allegations by the other pundits that Barkley’s dogs recently took a flight to Philadelphia.
“You know, I’m gonna try the acting thing, I think in the next year, I’m gonna try.”
Reggie Miller: “Weren’t you in Space Jam?”
Barkley: “That’s another example of me making Michael Jordan look good, that’s all.”
Reggie Miller: “Did you carry Space Jam?”
Barkley: “I did, I did.”
“Hillary have the swank. I talked to her there about making a movie. I did, I talked to her in LA about making a movie!”
Unanimous vocal disbelief by all three co-hosts.
“Kenny’s always on time, don’t be takin’ no shots at my partner. And you better take care of my home girl Courtney Cox.”
In response to David Arquette’s question during the Ask Charles segment, “Why is Kenny always late to the stage?”
“That’s exactly what you get for eating avocado.”
Reggie Miller: “Avocados are good.”
“At least you know you’re important when they bring you a trash can.”
See you soon, Sir Charles!