2012 NBA All-Star Technology Summit: Bio Charles Barkley

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Charles Barkley

Turner Sports

Charles Barkley is in his 12th full season as an NBA studio analyst for TNT’s Emmy award-winning studio show Inside the NBA. In 2011, he also began serving as a studio analyst for CBS and Turner during the networks’ coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

Philadelphia selected Barkley out of Auburn with the fifth overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. He played 16 seasons in the NBA, with the 76ers (1984-1992), Phoenix Suns (1992-96) and Houston Rockets (1996-2000). He won the 1993 NBA MVP Award, earned All-NBA First Team honors five times, and received 11 NBA All-Star selections. In 1996, Barkley was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He entered the 2011-12 season ranked 18th on the NBA’s all-time points list, and he is one of only five players in NBA history to amass more than 23,000 points, 12,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists.

Barkley has been inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (in 2006) and into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (in 2008). He was the leading scorer for the 1992 Olympic Dream Team and the 1996 Olympic Team, winning gold medals each year. In 2001, Barkley was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, and both the 76ers and the Suns have retired his number 34.

Barkley’s numerous charitable donations include contributions to the Auburn University Foundation, the Cornerstone Schools in Alabama, Leeds High School (his alma mater), Macedonia Baptist Church and the Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.