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  • Was a reserve on his high-school varsity team during his junior year, and became a starter as a senior after a sudden growth spurt.
  • Played for Auburn University for three years and led the Southeastern Conference all three years in rebounding; was named the 1980s SEC Player of the Decade.
  • Was famously cut from the 1984 Olympic basketball team by coach Bobby Knight for gaining weight; later won gold medals in 1992 and 1996.
  • Was the fifth overall pick in the 1984 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • Named NBA MVP in 1993; played in 11 NBA All-Star games.
  • Is the shortest player in NBA history to lead the league in rebounding.
  • His No. 34 jersey was retired by Auburn, Philadelphia and Phoenix. 
  • Selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history.
  • Upon his retirement in 2000, was one of only four NBA players to amass 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4000 assists.
  • First player from Alabama to be elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2006).
  • Became an NBA TV commentator upon retirement. 
  • Nicknames include Sir Charles and the Round Mound of Rebound.


  • John Glenn Barkley — Brother
  • Johnnie Mickens — Grandmother
  • Frank Barkley — Father
  • Charcey Glenn — Mother
  • Christiana Barkley — Daughter
  • Darryl Barkley — Brother
  • Maureen Barkley — Wife


  • Attended Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, United States

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  • Birth Name: Charles Wade Barkley
  • Birth Place: Leeds, Alabama, United States
  • Profession: Basketball player, Sports commentator

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