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.
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.
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.
Charles Barkley talks about the lockout and gives his predictions for the NBA season.
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.
The president marked the milestone at the White House with Tom Hanks, Jay-Z and Chris Rock
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:
The Big Microphone is joining Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith on TNT's Inside the NBA.
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.
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."
Answers for the burning media questions going into the NCAA tournament ...
Twenty-three years after graduating from the University of Arizona, Steve Kerr is heading back to college.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are Charles Barkley, 50 Cent, Mel Gibson or Brit Hume set to put Woods on the right track?
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.
Sorrell Trope has repped Nicole Kidman, Nic Cage and Britney Spears
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.
NBA legend Charles Barkley and filmmaker Spike Lee tell HLN that they are worried about Tiger Woods.
On a recent morning high above the Manhattan skyline, TNT's Charles Barkley was opining about one of his favorite subjects:
What Ted Williams was to hitting, so is Bird to shooting.
Retired basketball star Charles Barkley has begun serving a three-day sentence for drunken driving.
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.
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.
The former NBA star's blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit, say police
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.
Ex-NBA star Charles Barkley says he is disappointed in himself after his DUI arrest. CNN's Brooke Baldwin reports
Basketball commentator and former hoops star Charles Barkley was arrested Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona, on suspicion of drunken driving, a police spokesman said.
Charles Barkley was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol early Wednesday.
The former NBA star ran a stop sign and was cited in Scottsdale early Wednesday morning
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.
Former NBA star Charles Barkley talks with CNN's Campbell Brown about racism in the election and more.
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:
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.
Comedian Frank Caliendo talks about parodying political leaders and the difficulties of impersonating Sen. Barack Obama.
"Seeing him in person was amazing," said Charles Barkley, while a producer agreed the actor "put this event over the top"
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.
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.
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.
Off one list, smack onto another.
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.
"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.
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.
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:
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:
The big fat jolly guy is coming to town. No, not Charles Barkley. We're talking about Santa Claus.
These players have quit, one basketball fan said, the disgust in his voice all too obvious.
"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."
Why is Kobe Bryant the bad guy? Because he wants to win.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LAS VEGAS -- Say this much for Saturday's All-Star Slam Dunk Contest. It was creative.
LAS VEGAS (Ticker) -- Charles Barkley backed up his words -- literally.
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.
"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."
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...
Two days after a tribute concert was held for Bruce Springsteen, The Boss showed up to offer an authentic taste of his music.
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...
-- 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...
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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...
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