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Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 2:40 pm  |  28 responses

Charles Barkley May Leave ‘Inside the NBA’ Before Contract Ends


Charles Barkley, the star of the NBA’s best TV show, says he’s tired of doing what he does best. Barkley tells SI that he’s not sure he’ll be able to stick around the “Inside the NBA” set until his current deal runs out: “I love my job,’ Barkley said. ‘I love the people I work with. And I’m going to try to do things to keep me engaged. But I have four years left on my current deal and to be honest with you, it’s going to be a struggle for me to make it for the whole four years. I really don’t know how much longer I’m going to do this. I need something more, or something else to do to be honest with you.’ […] The TNT NBA analyst has uttered similar things before — including plenty of talk about an Alabama gubernatorial run — but he offered extended remarks about needing a new challenge. ‘I only thought I would do this for three or four years but now I have been doing it for 13 years,’ Barkley said. ‘When I got to my fifth year of broadcasting I was like ‘OK, I’ll do this a couple of more years.’ But now I’m like, ‘Dude, you have been doing this for 13 years and if I make it to the end of the contract it will be 17 years.’ Seventeen years is a long time. It’s a lifetime in broadcasting. I personally have to figure out the next challenge for me.’ Last year Barkley told his Turner bosses that he needed something to re-engage him. He asked to do more games onsite as an analyst and last January Turner assigned Barkley to the Heat-Hawks game in Atlanta with Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller. Barkley loved it. ‘When I did the game with Kevin and Reggie I had a blast,’ Barkley said. ‘And judging by the feedback we got, I think the fans liked it too. I am excited to do that this year.’ Barkley is currently scheduled to call two games as a game analyst in the first half of the season. He’ll be in Miami for the Spurs at Heat (Nov. 29, 8 p.m. ET) and New York for Lakers at Knicks (Dec. 13, 8 p.m. ET). Asked for something in broadcasting he’d like to do before he moves on to another profession, Barkley said he wants to call a college basketball game with ESPN’s Dick Vitale. He even went so far as to tell his bosses at Turner about his wish. What was their response? ‘They kind of just blew me off a little bit,’ Barkley said. ‘But I don’t get my ego caught up with that. Dick does a great job with college basketball and we do a great job with the NBA. I just think it would be fun for Dick and I to do a game together.’”

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  • RKJ92

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! YOUR THE ONLY PERSON ON THAT WHOLE CAST THAT’S ACTUALLY FUNNY DAMN MAN…. :’(

  • Tupack Shackur

    Chuck, just say that you want them to get rid of Shaq.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    c’mon chuck! your the whole show! lol hope chuckie stays man

  • Hart26

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • Dacre

    Charles should host a gameshow. Where the contestants never actually win. Snap.

  • shockexchange

    With “Inside the NBA” he already does. Only about three teams stand a chance of winning the NBA chip.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    He’s the most entertaining part of the show but he’s also a good analyst. May not agree with everything he says but he’s good at what he does. Shaq is pure entertainment, not yet a good analyst. Kenny Smith is easily the best on that show.

  • MikeC.

    Please no.

  • upchuck

    Finally.

    I lose a billion brain cells every time he talks.

  • RedDragon10

    This could be the worst news ever.

  • Dymez

    If Chuck is out, I’m changing channel right after the game ends. He’s main reason why it’s a fun show to watch. It’ll be stale bread the day that Chuck leaves, man.

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    Who’s going to replace Charles? Shaq?!!!! Get out here. Let that man call games so he can stay with TNT.

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    Who’s going to replace Charles? Shaq?!!!! Get out here. Let that man call games so he can stay with TNT.

  • robb

    We’ll need Gary Payton and CWebb more than ever

  • roscoe

    2 years ago chuck said he was going to be a GM… but idk if he has the work ethic to do anything but ramble aimlessly & slay the free buffet at tnt.

  • KC

    If chuck leaves you gotta bring in chris webber and gary payton! I used to love them together on nbatv fan night.

  • KC

    If chuck leaves you gotta bring in chris webber and gary payton! I used to love them together on nbatv fan night.

  • KC

    If chuck leaves you gotta bring in chris webber and gary payton! I used to love them together on nbatv fan night.

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  • VanCityBBall

    Noooooooo he s better than most half time shows! Iactually can’t wait for the half time reports sometimes

  • Kadavour

    Shaq is great, but he’s still too enveloped with protecting his legacy and promoting himself to be an objective voice in a lot of the debates that come up. Chuck gets it. He’s funny, he allows the guys to make fun of him without getting defensive, and he doesn’t take away from the show by trying to sell himself. I want to see what this cast would be like if they bring back Greg Anthony. He used to have some great debates with Kenny a few years ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zer02hero15 James Franco Guerta

    Hire Chuck as a Coach..ahah

  • Hildred

    Tell Shaq to stop getting so damn EMOTIONAL and he’ll do just find… Barkley use to be turrible… but now its really good. Hope to see him on more live game analyst though.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Agree on the little Republican. I don’t agree with his politics but I respect his intellect and work ethic. He needs more shine.

  • bigA

    Whatever Chuck does, I’ll watch. He is awesome.

  • NumberEightySeven

    No way, man!

  • tayriley

    ugh this is all shaq’s fault. shaq fucks up the entire dynamic of the show and dumbs it down and cheeses it up. you can tell chuck gets annoyed with shaq and ernie always has to fill in weird silences and awkward jokes that shaq makes. it’s so unnatural.

  • Chuck Sux

    please get rid of charles barclay!

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