Complete coverage on

Charles Barkley

The 1992 Barcelona Olympics mark the first games in which Team USA included NBA athletes. It was called the "Dream Team."

Latest Stories

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Dream Team doc goes behind the scenes of greatest team in historyupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 13:35:00

The blowout wins in Barcelona are covered, including Charles Barkley's infamous elbow against Angola and the ferocity with which Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen hounded Toni Kukoc, then a 22-year-old playing for Croatia. But where the sensational 90-minute documentary The Dream Team, which airs tonight on NBA TV, really finds its voice is with the candid, behind-the-scenes footage of the most remarkable team ever assembled.

SI.com: Jack McCallum: In 35 years, New Jersey charm never kicked in for inferior Netsupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 22:38:00

While it's true that the final Garden State game for your New Jersey Nets was contested Monday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, if you concentrated hard you could likely hear the ancient sounds from the Meadowlands just 12 miles north.

Saints admit to 'bounty' program updated: Wed Mar 07 2012 05:39:00

The New Orleans Saints admitted Tuesday to paying bonuses for hits that would knock opposing players out of a game, vowing the practice won't be repeated.

Barkley previews NBA seasonupdated: Mon Dec 26 2011 10:46:00

Charles Barkley talks about the lockout and gives his predictions for the NBA season.

SI.com: Paul Finebaum: The sad saga of Harvey Updykeupdated: Thu Oct 13 2011 15:39:00

It is one of our most cherished rights in American jurisprudence, guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution. When charged with a crime, one has the right to be judged by an impartial jury of one's peers.

People.com: Inside President Barack Obama's 50th Birthday Dance Partyupdated: Mon Aug 08 2011 19:30:00

The president marked the milestone at the White House with Tom Hanks, Jay-Z and Chris Rock

SI.com: Jack McCallum: Dream Team a star-studded sight to behold for gazers on, off courtupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 13:17:00

SI.com asked several current and retired SI writers to offer reflections on the best team they ever covered as sports journalists. Here's Jack McCallum on the Dream Team:

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Shaq inks multi-year deal with Turnerupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 15:28:00

The Big Microphone is joining Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith on TNT's Inside the NBA.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Barkley's role changing in 2012?updated: Thu Mar 17 2011 23:26:00

NEW YORK -- Even Charles Barkley would admit his strength is not hard core college basketball analysis. Freed from pregame breakdowns and the tight production of the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, Barkley emerged Thursday across the CBS and Turner platforms as his usual proactive voice.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Viewer's guide to March Madnessupdated: Wed Mar 16 2011 15:59:00

The burgeoning bromance between CBS and Turner Sports was on full display this week inside a third-floor hotel banquet room at the swank Le Parker Meridien hotel in Manhattan. With their bosses seated behind them at the head of the room, Turner's Charles Barkley and CBS analyst Len Elmore chatted amicably about the upcoming NCAA tournament. Barkley, who works exclusively on NBA coverage, conceded that the college game presented a staggering amount of players and teams. Elmore, a soft-spoken lawyer who has broadcast college basketball for CBS and ESPN the past decade, told Barkley he had covered nearly 70 college games this season and was happy to provide some tutelage. "Call me anytime if you need something, Elmore told Barkley. "Happy to help."

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Answering burning media questions going into NCAA tournamentupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 08:55:00

Answers for the burning media questions going into the NCAA tournament ...

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: March Madness gets TV makeoverupdated: Thu Jan 20 2011 12:02:00

Twenty-three years after graduating from the University of Arizona, Steve Kerr is heading back to college.

NBA great: On the court, I can kick Obama's assupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 12:48:00

Politics is serious business, but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance. Here are some of the things you might have missed:

SI.com: NBA Training Camp buzzupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 18:11:00

NBA activity for the 2010-11 season is underway as training camps across the league opened this week. Here's the latest news to come out of the camps.

SI.com: Jack McCallum: Snapshots from the Hall of Fame weekendupdated: Sun Aug 15 2010 11:52:00

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. --You may have seen on NBA-TV's Friday night broadcast a portion of the playful banter that went on between the 1960 and 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball teams during enshrinement weekend at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. (Then again, NBA-TV isn't exactly a Nielsen leader.) The televised gotcha line -- Larry Bird getting in a dig at the '60-ers with his comment about stagecoaches and swimming to the Coliseum in Rome -- was only the half of it. And playful wouldn't always be the correct word to describe it.

SI.com: Jack McCallum: A dream reunion for The Dream teamupdated: Sat Aug 14 2010 13:22:00

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Some six hours later, they would be inducted en masse into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. But, at 2 in the afternoon on Friday, an assemblage of basketball's all-time greatest sat around a table in the ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel gossiping like high school kids in the lunchroom.

SI.com: Jack McCallum: Pippen, Malone are worthy Hall of Famersupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 13:32:00

Owing to our belief that there can be only three true recent NBA icons -- the almighty, all-enduring troika of Michael, Magic and Larry -- you can be sure there will be whispers about the shortcomings of Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone as they enter the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame together this week.

SI.com: A review of Lapham's Quarterly Summer Issueupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 15:23:00

Imagine a roundtable showcasing modern-day savants Yogi Berra and Charles Barkley along with ancient Greek poet Bacchylides. You'll find them cheek by jowl in the Summer 2010 Lapham's Quarterly magazine, an issue devoted to sports and games. The presence of the trio within three pages provides an idea of editor Lewis H. Lapham's audacious conceit: Intellectually stimulating, visually enriching yet often whimsical, this is sport presented as high art.

People.com: POLL: Which Celeb Has Given Tiger the Best Advice?updated: Sun Jan 17 2010 17:13:00

Are Charles Barkley, 50 Cent, Mel Gibson or Brit Hume set to put Woods on the right track?

SI.com: Brian Hendrickson: Boozer returns to All-Star form, but few care to noticeupdated: Tue Dec 22 2009 16:55:00

You could point to Carlos Boozer's impressive stats and Utah's key victories as evidence of his All-Star-caliber season. The 18 double-doubles that rank third in the NBA, the 21.3 points and 10.9 rebounds he's averaged since mid-November, the Jazz's 16-12 record despite injuries to several key players -- yep, all appear reason enough to dub Boozer an All-Star. Again.

People.com: Report: Elin Nordegren Consulting High-Powered Divorce Attorneyupdated: Fri Dec 18 2009 12:28:00

Sorrell Trope has repped Nicole Kidman, Nic Cage and Britney Spears

Barkley, Spike Lee worry about Woodsupdated: Wed Dec 16 2009 10:38:00

Tiger Woods has changed his cell phone number and is not talking to some of his famous friends, NBA legend Charles Barkley said, following Woods' sex scandal that erupted last month.

Barkley: Tiger not taking callupdated: Wed Dec 16 2009 10:38:00

NBA legend Charles Barkley and filmmaker Spike Lee tell HLN that they are worried about Tiger Woods.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: NBA's TV coverage strives to be as opinionated as it is entertainingupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 14:02:00

On a recent morning high above the Manhattan skyline, TNT's Charles Barkley was opining about one of his favorite subjects:

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Bird takes aim at part of his legacyupdated: Wed Mar 11 2009 15:39:00

What Ted Williams was to hitting, so is Bird to shooting.

Charles Barkley heads to jailupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 11:45:00

Retired basketball star Charles Barkley has begun serving a three-day sentence for drunken driving.

NBA great Barkley begins 3-day sentence in Tent Cityupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 11:45:00

Basketball great Charles Barkley began serving a three-day sentence in Arizona's infamous Tent City on Saturday, jailed by the same sheriff whose autobiography he endorsed 12 years ago.

SI.com: Frank Deford: Barkley's unique voice deserves to be savedupdated: Wed Jan 14 2009 12:46:00

Charles Barkley is perennially identified by that dreadful word "controversial," which is all too often now employed by the insecure to put down anybody who dares flaunt originality. And Barkley has been one of a kind ... again and again and again.

People.com: Charles Barkley Was Legally Drunk at Time of Arrestupdated: Fri Jan 09 2009 19:10:00

The former NBA star's blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit, say police

SI.com: Paul Forrester: Stuckey shines as Billups' replacementupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 16:00:00

Replacing a beloved figure is often a recipe for disappointment. Yes, the show, whether it be on TV or on a basketball floor, may go on, but the popularity of the departed leader and the loyalty he generated in those around him are hard to duplicate; the memories of the relationship that was are too fresh.

Arrest 'disappoints' Barkleyupdated: Mon Jan 05 2009 12:40:00

Ex-NBA star Charles Barkley says he is disappointed in himself after his DUI arrest. CNN's Brooke Baldwin reports

Barkley 'disappointed' after DUI arrestupdated: Mon Jan 05 2009 12:40:00

Basketball commentator and former hoops star Charles Barkley was arrested Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona, on suspicion of drunken driving, a police spokesman said.

SI.com: Barkley arrested on suspicion of DUIupdated: Wed Dec 31 2008 20:26:00

Charles Barkley was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol early Wednesday.

People.com: Charles Barkley Arrested for DWIupdated: Wed Dec 31 2008 15:09:00

The former NBA star ran a stop sign and was cited in Scottsdale early Wednesday morning

SI.com: Stewart Mandel: Chizik has zero chance to succeedupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 21:51:00

We've seen a lot of bizarre and controversial coaching changes in recent years, but Auburn's ouster of 10-year-coach Tommy Tuberville and subsequent hiring of 5-19 Iowa State coach Gene Chizik may be the strangest yet.

Polls are 'absolutely useless'updated: Mon Oct 27 2008 23:10:00

Former NBA star Charles Barkley talks with CNN's Campbell Brown about racism in the election and more.

Transcript: Charles Barkley tells Brown 'racism is a cancer'updated: Mon Oct 27 2008 23:10:00

Former NBA star Charles Barkley spoke Monday to CNN's Campbell Brown about politics, race and his plans to run for governor in his boyhood home state of Alabama. Here is a transcript:

Master impressionist's favorite: Charles Barkleyupdated: Mon Oct 27 2008 10:11:00

One of Frank Caliendo's best impressions may be that of President Bush, but he says that his sendup has nothing to do with politics.

Caliendo spoofs McCain, Obamaupdated: Mon Oct 27 2008 10:11:00

Comedian Frank Caliendo talks about parodying political leaders and the difficulties of impersonating Sen. Barack Obama.

People.com: Patrick Swayze Was 'Best Part' of Stand Up to Cancerupdated: Sun Sep 07 2008 20:55:00

"Seeing him in person was amazing," said Charles Barkley, while a producer agreed the actor "put this event over the top"

Five questions: Charles Barkley in Denverupdated: Tue Aug 26 2008 22:28:00

Former NBA star and TNT sports analyst Charles Barkley attended the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday and answered five questions for CNN.com at the CNN Grill.

SI.com: Alexander Wolff: Angola shows it has evolved despite loss to U.S.updated: Tue Aug 12 2008 13:00:00

For spreading only 168 pounds on his 6-foot-7 frame -- and being on the receiving end of a Charles Barkley cheap shot at the 1992 Barcelona Games -- Herlander Coimbra became the poster child for the underdevelopment of African basketball. A free throw Coimbra sank after Barkley knocked him to the floor represented Angola's only points in a 41-1 run during a game that emblemized the gap between the American Dream Team and basketball's Third World.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Media Power Rankings For Julyupdated: Mon Jul 28 2008 10:03:00

1. Clark Kellogg, CBS Sports: CBS executives first approached Kellogg in May 2007 to gauge his interest about the lead college basketball analyst position should Billy Packer step aside. Well, the moment has arrived.

SI.com: Steve Aschburner: Do great players need a ring to define career?updated: Wed Jun 04 2008 16:47:00

Off one list, smack onto another.

SI.com: Phil Taylor: Charles Barkley knocks Jesse Jackson, "white people" and himself, and people love him.updated: Tue May 27 2008 11:00:00

Indiana Jones is back at your local multiplex, dodging danger at every turn, somehow escaping from perilous situations that lesser men would never survive. But as entertaining as Indy may be, his exploits can't measure up to the real-life adventures of Charles Barkley, who somehow continues to emerge unscathed from the kind of controversies -- like the little matter of his $400,000 gambling debt that arose two weeks ago -- that would deal death blows to the images of most public figures. Barkley, the former NBA star turned TNT broadcaster, is like a superhero who strolls out of the rubble of a collapsed building, calmly brushing dust off his shoulders as if nothing ever happened.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Thank Sidney for NHL ratings surgeupdated: Mon May 19 2008 15:49:00

"I think we're going to have ourselves a pretty good Stanley Cup if it turns out to be Detroit and Pittsburgh," says Mark Messier, who knows something about the terrain. "It's the first time in a couple of years where the two best teams are meeting in the finals.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Media Power Rankings for Februaryupdated: Mon Mar 03 2008 12:19:00

1. W.C. Heinz, writing craftsman: His was the age before sportswriters begged for points for their sports arguments and preened for the cameras. Heinz passed from earth last week at 93, but his words stay aloft forever. There has never been a better deadline sports story than this one.

SI.com: Adam Duerson: My favorite Super Bowl XLII adsupdated: Thu Feb 07 2008 12:41:00

Best Super Bowl XLII moment? My vote goes to Eli Manning, standing atop the Lombardi podium and sporting a grossly oversized championship T-shirt over his uniform, defiant in his doofy-ness to the last second. Of course, the commercials offered a few highlights, too -- though not as many as we always seem to expect. My favorites, in no particular order:

SI.com: The NBA's memorable YouTube momentsupdated: Wed Jan 30 2008 18:07:00

As Chris Mannix points out in his profile of Chris Bosh in this week's Sports Illustrated, the YouTube phenomenon extends to the NBA. Here are some of the most notable videos from the first half of the season:

SI.com: Marty Burns: NBA Power Rankingsupdated: Mon Dec 24 2007 11:53:00

The big fat jolly guy is coming to town. No, not Charles Barkley. We're talking about Santa Claus.

SI.com: Steve Aschburner: Knicks invite more criticism with TNT flopupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 16:12:00

These players have quit, one basketball fan said, the disgust in his voice all too obvious.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Around the NBA with Kenny and Charlesupdated: Mon Nov 05 2007 13:14:00

"The ratings system is the most bogus thing in this country," TNT's Charles Barkley says between bites of a sandwich. "It's like the BCS. I've been living for 44 years and I have never met a person with a Nielsen box. Never. And when you are black and you have money, you get a lot of people coming around you."

SI.com: Ian Thomsen: Defending Kobe and his desire to winupdated: Tue Oct 30 2007 16:08:00

Why is Kobe Bryant the bad guy? Because he wants to win.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Critics have field day with TBS' coverageupdated: Thu Oct 11 2007 18:28:00

The Chicago Tribune requested a change in personnel (MEMO TO TBS: BRING ON BARKLEY). The New York Daily News suggested a new acronym (TBS: TOTALLY BLAND SNOOZFEST). The reviews from the Los Angeles Times (FRANKLY, TBS WHIFFS BY USING THOMAS) and New York Times (AN ERROR-PLAGUED GAME, BUT FROM THE BROADCAST BOOTH) were equally telling.

SI.com: Jack McCallum: Spurs aren't a dynasty updated: Fri Jun 15 2007 02:28:00

All right, let's get all the reasons we would not consider the San Antonio Spurs one of history's most successful franchises out of the way immediately.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Media Power Rankings for Mayupdated: Fri Jun 01 2007 04:15:00

1. Dave Revsine, Big Ten Network anchor: You can tell a lot about an ESPN staffer by his or her Wikipedia page. A not-so-perfect rule of thumb: The shorter the entry, the less annoying the personality. Cut in the mold of All-Substance first teamers Brian Kenny and Dan Shulman, Revsine went about his work during his decade at the network with a quiet professionalism. Plug him into any role -- ESPN News, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio's College Game Day -- and viewers were always steered in a smart direction. This fall he becomes the face of the fledgling Big Ten Network, where he will anchor the nightly studio show and do play by play. "While it's tough to leave ESPN, this is the perfect job for me," said Revsine, a Midwesterner whose Big Ten roots include a degree from Northwestern and a sports anchor stint in the Quad Cities. The network debuts at the end of August and will air between 350 and 400 live events.

SI.com: Perfect fitupdated: Thu May 24 2007 10:44:00

When Tiki Barber left football for broadcasting this winter, every network went after him, and for good reason. The former Giants running back is telegenic, articulate and personable. Barber is even experienced -- he has his own Sirius radio show and is a regular guest on local and national television shows.

SI.com: No ordinary ballplayerupdated: Mon May 07 2007 14:21:00

When I am introduced to someone new and asked what I do for a living, I explain I am writer who covers sports, specifically the NBA. The next question asked -- with nearly unfailing inevitability -- is if I have a favorite NBA team. Answering that the Atlanta Hawks are my team seems to encourage a pause in the conversation. Nobody knows anything about the Hawks. A basketball fan proclaiming allegiance to the Hawks is like a politico asserting their support for Kucinich in '08 -- there will always be more questions than answers.

SI.com: The 10 Spot: Feb. 20, 2007updated: Tue Feb 20 2007 10:13:00

1. Actress Bridget Moynahan is pregnant with Tom Brady's baby. It looks like the hunky QB is going to do the right thing. After all, he's never been one to point fingers after a protection breakdown.

SI.com: All-Star notebookupdated: Sat Feb 17 2007 23:31:00

LAS VEGAS -- Say this much for Saturday's All-Star Slam Dunk Contest. It was creative.

SI.com: Backing up the talkupdated: Sat Feb 17 2007 22:02:00

LAS VEGAS (Ticker) -- Charles Barkley backed up his words -- literally.

SI.com: The 10 Spot: Jan. 25, 2007updated: Thu Jan 25 2007 09:50:00

1. Run, Charles, run: He may or may not try to become governor of Alabama, but Charles Barkley is being drafted for a different kind of run. USA Today is reporting that TNT has proposed that Barkley race 67-year-old referee Dick ("Knick") Bavetta on Feb. 17, the day before the NBA All-Star Game. Barkley has been riding Bavetta on-air for being too old and presumably too slow to get up and down the floor as a ref, challenging him to a match race. Sir Charles has even joked that Bavetta's tombstone will read, "He keeled over while racing the Chuckster." No word yet if Bavetta will accept, but this sounds more interesting than whatever that All-Star weekend "skills" competition is supposed to be.

Fortune: Hiding from the real issuesupdated: Tue May 30 2006 17:59:00

"Put the fish on the table," says George Kohlrieser, a professor at the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland. You've got to go through the "smelly, bloody process of cleaning it," but the reward is "a great fish dinner at the end of the day."

Money Magazine: Do the Right Thingupdated: Mon May 01 2006 00:01:00

Q When the company I work for was acquired recently, my stock options were suddenly worth more than $1 million. Is it okay to say nothing about this to my siblings? My brothers have good jobs, but...

showbuzzupdated: Mon Jul 19 2004 11:55:00

Two days after a tribute concert was held for Bruce Springsteen, The Boss showed up to offer an authentic taste of his music.

Fortune: Now That's a Dream Teamupdated: Mon Nov 18 2002 00:01:00

Marv Albert: Well, it's a big welcome back for all the fans at home watching the final minutes of the game. If you're just tuning in, this is a FORTUNE CEO basketball dream. The CEOs are down by 10...

Fortune: NOW HEAR THIS updated: Mon Sep 07 1992 00:01:00

-- CHARLES BARKLEY, 29, Olympic gold medalist, diplomat, and marketer, on USA Basketball's mission in Barcelona: ''This is strictly business for basketball. This is not about making friends or maki...

Fortune: SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FOR KIDS contents page FEBRUARY 1991 -- VOLUME 3, NUMBER 2 updated: Fri Feb 01 1991 00:01:00

24 TATU TIME! Meet Tatu, an indoor-soccer showman who gives fans the shirt off his back.

Fortune: NOW HEAR THIS updated: Mon Feb 26 1990 00:01:00

CHARLES BARKLEY, 27, a forward for Philadelphia's 76ers basketball team, on a Miami hotel that bounced him and his teammates to make room for President Bush and his entourage: ''I can't believe the...

We recommend