Some Charles Barkley Playing Day Quotes

* On whether geography was a tough course at his alma matter, auburn

” Never realized which class was difficult and which one was easy. As long as I was leading
the SEC in rebonding, I was getting a passing grade
-Arizona Republic 3/20/93

* On Boston fans

” I don’t like the people of Boston. I think they should call ripley’s because they have the greatest
collection of as*holes ever up here(boston). The crowd doesn’t bother me. I’m glad they
came. They paid a couple guys salaries

* On why blacks excel at basketball
” It doesn’t cost anything to play”

* On the NBA’s reaction (and $5,000 fine) to his bet with Mark Jackson during the 89-90 season on who would take the last shot of the game

” I went to bed as Charles Barkley and woke up as Pete Rose”

* On pre-season/ regular season games

“You can’t compare preseason to regular season. Preseason is just a way to screw fans
out of money

*On scoring

“I don’t want to lead the league in scoring. Andy Idiot can score. All you have to do is
shoot a lot. The only individual statistics I really care about is rebounding and assists

*On pressure

“Pressure is for tires”

*On why he couldn’t play again for the 76ers

“Suppose your wife says that she’s been shopping around all summer looking for a
better husband, but would take you back if she couldn’t find one”

* On teammate Mosses Malone

“Having him around means there’s somebody uglier than me on the team”

*On why he didn’t take new teammate Oliver Miller along to play golf

“The course I went to wouldn’t allow more than one black”

*On Manute Bol

” He’s a one dimensional player who doesn’t give you anything except blocked shots…
We traded a first round draft choice for a 28 year old flyswatter who could score
only 1.9 points a game. Hell my grandmother could score 2 points a game, as long
as she wasn’t double-teamed”

* A letter to Bill Laimbeer during the 89-90 season

“Dear Bill, fu*k you. Love Charles Barkley”

*On then 76er coach Jim Lynam

“Knute Rockne couldn’t make this team win”

*On whether he’d like to play with his Nike TV commercial sparring partner, Godzilla

“I’ve played with enough bad players”

*On 76er owner Harold Katz

“Harold would rather me be a robot so I can just play and he’ll be able to make
the money”

* After a sixers practice in 1988

“We have so many wimps and complainers on this team”

*After a 1990 win over the Nets, with tongue in cheek

“This is a game that, if you lose, you go home and beat your wife and kids. Did you see
my wife jumping up and down at the end of the game? That’s because she knew I
wasn’t going to beat her

“Every time I step on the court, the guys on the other team are my enemies. The
games not about making friends, it’s about winning. As Malcom X said, by
any means necessary

* On never winning an NBA title

“The only thing I’m guilty of is coming into the league with Bird,Magic, and Michael”

*On the 1988 presidential election when he voted for George Bush

“My family got all over me because they said Bush is only for the rich people.
Then I reminded them, “Hey I’m rich”

*On leading the 76ers in scoring,rebounding and field goal percentage

“If I’m playing like two people, I want to be paid like two people

* On fines,Rod Thorn and the Pistons

“I’m convinced that Thorn goes overboard when he fines me, like he’s charging me
interest.. When my respect is being challenged, Thorn is the last thing on my mind”

*On the Philadelphia media

“The media doesn’t like a strong black athlete who doesn’t worry about what’s said
about him. They’re intimidated

Written by Nick


Nick the Quick White is an avid fan of basketball and hip hop, and a contributing writer with WJS since 2013. Nick has interviewed rappers, ballers, rapper ballers, and baller rappers on the site and continues to preach that the NBA should have a team in Europe. Maybe because Nick currently lives outside London where to them Football is actually played with your feet, can you believe this fatuousness?

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