Monday, July 19th, 2010 at 10:45 am  |  32 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Auburn’s Finest

aka Sir Charles. While now he’s more famous for tacos, vocabulary, and his golf swing, CB34 is actually one of the greatest power forwards of all time. Listed at a generous 6’6″, he played like he was 6’10″ on both ends of the floor. He was more of a thunderous dunker than a finesse one and had more Darryl Dawkins in him than Dan Majerle (although he could shoot). Can’t forget his kicks either…



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  • WangChung

    “A fat guy, who could play like the wind.”

  • Martey

    People forget how nice he was. the guy was a 6’6 POWER FORWARD. You got guys now in the league 6’10 who rather play small forward because they don’t want to bang inside. This dude could pass, rebound, steal, shoot and that two handed dunk was fierce. Truly one of the greatest ever. I like his color commentary nowadays but he does have bitter old man syndrome. He’s coming down on Lebron for not competing but he joined Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, two of the best of their generation, in Houston to win a ring although he didn’t. Same scenario

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    @martey: not the same scenario. Dream, Clyde, and Charles were all at the tail ends of their careers. LeBron, Bosh, and Wade are all in their primes. but I don’t want to get into that now. Charles was great. awesome quote from Barkley I remember reading somewhere: “people always ask me about rebounding strategies. I have a strategy: it’s called go get the damn ball.”

  • Martey

    @lets motor : I knew someone would make that argument which is legit as they were on the tail end of their careers but the motivation is the same. Is Lebron lacking a competitive edge or is he just smarter to have seen the writing on the wall and not wait until he’s almost retired to make that alliance. Sad they don’t put Charles in the same league as the ring winners. Still I agree it’s neither here nor there.The Round Mound is one of my faves ever. I actually preferred Barkley individually when he played with the Sixers but that Suns team was something nice. Kevin Johnson!!!

  • andrew

    Sirrr Charlesss

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    agreed about that Suns team. they were probably the toughest team the Bulls ever faced in the Finals.

  • Hussman25

    No matter his Finals apperance w/ the Suns or his Rocket years… Charles will always be a SIXER in my eyes!

  • ron

    u know what? by lookin’ at da title, i knew its gonna be sir chuck.

  • unrel

    sir charles was great.. simple as that.. and @martey.. i think there’s a huge difference.. trying comparing the windows of opportunity.. barkley had 1-2 years left (without the injury).. Miami Thice has about 10 (at most).. but as i’ve said before.. i can’t hate.. but i wouldn’t compare the two scenerios..

  • unrel

    maybe stockton should get a ‘for old time’s sake’.. let the younger crowd see his greatness.. but it’s probably all pick and rolls and chest passes.. okay.. maybe not.. how about nick the quick, then?

  • larrylegend

    brute force combined with pg skills….one of a kind!!!

  • underdog

    I miss this in-your-face bball.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    Man, I loved that dude’s understood that if a player makes a poster out of you, he earned the right to talk ish in your face. You just had to take it and try to get him on the next play.

  • The Philosopher

    ^^Darrell Walker was that dude.

  • Overtime

    Sir Charles…an absolute favourite of mine, a phenomenal player, a top class guy, a great, funny personality. Nothing quite compared to him

  • riggs

    i always patterned my way of my playing ball to his, if only i had more ups i could start doing that ferocious two-hander also

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    unrel, SLAM definitely needs to do an old times sake of stockton just for you. young stockton was fast as hell, and was pretty crafty/flashy with his layups

  • Diesel

    No love for Marquis Daniels?

  • Overtime

    Get more of his commercials up (from playing days I mean

  • http://SLAMonline.com GotHandles?

    cb34s were dope.

  • jw

    i remember those glass gatorade bottles. that’s old school.

  • gpaul

    Man looking at that first video, I kno I’m gonna get torched fa this, but lebron actually has a lot of Charles barkely in his game. Only thing I see him doing better is passing.

  • http://SLAMonline.com GotHandles?

    passing, shooting, handling, dunking, jumping. I would say Lebron would smoke CB and I can’t torch you for your comments cause having some CB in your game is a good thing but LeBron would OWN CB.

  • gpaul

    I didn’t say cb would beat lbj in a game, nor did I say cb was better than him. I completely agree that lbj would own cb, just saying he has some cb in his game man that’s all. Lol

  • logues

    fat guy in a little uniform

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    That behind-the-back pass (3rd clip) is my favourite play of Barkley.
    2nd fav is the one where he tries to karate kick from the dunk.

  • Ronald

    Hmmm, from the clip it actually looks like he was taller than Mike. I always thought he was more 6’4 than 6’6.

  • Ronald

    And we need a FOLTS: Chosen1 in Cleveland.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    anyone else notice how different his voice is in those clips compared to now?

  • mark

    How does someone so athletic wind up so, er, unathletic?

  • ConeyIslander

    I’m 6’3 and he is AT MOST 6’5. We were on eye level. lol

  • andrew

    awesome hops with awesome kicks.