Charles Barkley

American former professional basketball player and current television analyst

Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley-American former professional basketball player, current television

Charles Barkley is a popular American former professional basketball player and current television analyst. He is well-known for playing on different teams in National Basketball Association (NBA) like the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, and Houston Rockets.

Early life, Childhood, and Education

He was born on 20th February 1963 in Leeds, Alabama, the USA to his mother, Charcey Barkley, and his father Frank Barkley.

Charles Barkley holds American nationality and belongs to a black ethnic background and his horoscope is Pisces.

He grew up his childhood in Leeds, Alabama, the USA. Additionally, he has two siblings whose names are Darryl Barkley and John Glenn. Although, his parents were divorced while his mother raised him.

Meanwhile, his stepfather was killed in an accident at the age of 11. At an early age, he was so passionate about basketball.

Regarding his academic qualifications, he attended his high school at Leeds High School. Meanwhile, he left out of Leeds High School basketball senior basketball team and became a reserve player.

Later, he completed his graduation with a degree in business administration from Auburn University in 1981.

Career and Professional Life

Talking about his professional career, Charles Barkley began his professional career as a basketball player.

Early Career

Initially, he participated in the basketball program for the Auburn Tigers. Although, he had problems controlling his weight throughout his college life. He scored 14.8 points on 68.2% field goal shooting, 9.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.7 blocks per game.

He appeared also in the NCAA Tournament where he scored 23 points on 80% field goal shooting, 17 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks. At an early age, he won the 1984 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Player of the Year award.

After he retired from professional basketball,  Auburn honored him by retiring his no. 34 jersey on 3rd March 2001.

Professional Career

He was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers as their fifth pick in the first round of the 1984 NBA draft.
Charles Barkley and Moses Malone are legendary basketball player who was named MVP three times. Malone helped him for controlling his weight and polished his existing skills.

Although, Barkley played 82 games where he scored 14.0 points per game on average. His team 76ers made it to the playoffs where Barkley scored 14.9 points per game on average.

After that, he appeared in the regular season and scored 20.0 points per game on average. Barkley played 12 games and scored an impressive 25 points per game on average during the playoff series.

He played as a power forward for the 76ers’ where Barkley’s performance earned him a spot on the All-NBA Second Team.

During the 1986-87 season, the 76ers traded Malone to the Washington Bullets. He played 68 matches and scored 23.0 points and 14.6 rebounds on average per game in his third season with the 76ers.

Later on, he appeared in five games in the playoffs, scoring an average of 24.6 points per game. He was listed on the NBA All-Star team.

He became the first player in the history of the league to register a 40-point, 20-rebound, five-assist on 30th November 1988.

More About His Career

Additionally, he also became a five-steal performance when he scored 41 points, 22 rebounds, five assists, and six steals in a 114-106 win against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Meanwhile, Barkley continued to play for the 76ers until the 1991-92 season. Later on, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Jeff Hornacek, Tim Perry, and Andrew Lang.

He made his first debut for the Suns on 7th November 1992, in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He led the Suns to a 111-105 victory in which he scored 37 points, 21 rebounds, and eight assists.

After that, he led his team to the NBA finals where they lost to Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls. Likewise, Barkley earned the Most Valuable Player accolade in 1993 for his performance.
He played for three more seasons for the Suns before he was traded to Houston Rockets in 1996.  During the final season in the NBA, he appeared in 20 matches and scored 14.5 points per game on average.

International Basketball Career

During his international career, Barkley got his first shot at the Olympics at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Due to his lack of defense, he failed to make the final cut.

Additionally, he featured in the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics, where he won Gold on both occasions. Likewise, he also won Gold at the 1992 Portland FIBA Americas Championship.

Olympics Career

Barkley participated in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games. They won gold medals as members of the United States men’s basketball team in both games.

Additionally, the United States men’s basketball team was called The Dream Team in 1992 and featured active NBA professionals.

Although, it was the first time NBA players participated in the Olympics.


He suffered a ruptured left quadriceps in a match against the 76ers on 8th December 1999.

Following this injury, it seems like his career was at an end.  Barkley returned for one more match at the final moment of his career.

He appeared in a home game against the Vancouver Grizzlies as an athlete on a high note on 19th April 2000.

Salary and Net worth

Regarding his net worth and salary status, Charles Barkley is very much successful in his professional career as a popular American former professional basketball player and current television analyst.

He also gained so much fame as he is a famous American basketball player we may conclude his net worth is around $50 million.

Whereas, he earns an annual salary of his salary was $40 million as a successful basketball player. Moreover, he was also endorsed by Nike. Additionally, he earned $6 million from TNT per year as a studio analyst.

Meanwhile, Barkley is a compulsive gambler. Charles revealed that he had lost as much as $10 million in gambling. But he has also won big at times, such as his Super Bowl XLI bet where he earned $700K in one night.

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Relationship Status| Married Life

Moving towards his love life, Charles Barkley is a married man.

Maureen Blumhardt and Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley married Maureen Blumhardt-source-The Sun

He married to long-time girlfriend Maureen Blumhardt who is a part-time model in Bucks County, Pennsylvania as well as a legal aide for a non-profit organization.

Initially, Charles Barkley met his future wife Maureen Blumhardt in a City Avenue Restaurant sometime in the 1980s.

The stunning couple married in 1989 and their daughter, Christiana, was born in the same year of their marriage.

Rumors and Controversy

Talking about rumors and controversy, Barkley is considered one of the most controversial basketball history people. 

During a game against New Jersey Nets, a fan was shouting racial slurs at him in 1999. After that, he tried to spit at him but mistakenly he spits on an innocent girl.

Barkley was arrested for drunk driving and running a red light in 2009. Additionally, Charles Barkley served five days in jail.

Body Measurement | Height, Weight

Discussing his body measurements, Charles Barkley was a basketball player with an athletic body posture in his lifetime.

At that time, Barkley stood a tall height of 6 feet 6 inches tall, and his body weight was 114 kg.

Furthermore, Charles Barkley had a beautiful pair of dark brown eyes with bald hair color.

Social Media Presence

Regarding her social media platforms, Charles Barkley is a popular American former professional basketball player and current television analyst.

Although, Barkley has many accounts on social media all of the accounts are run by many of his fan followers.

Brent Barry | FAQs

What is Charles Barkley worth?

He is a famous American former professional basketball player and current television analyst and has a net worth of $50 million.

What is the height of Charles Barkley?

The height of Charles is 6 feet and 6 inches tall.

What nationality is Barkley?

Barkley holds American nationality.

  • Full Name: Charles Wade Barkley
  • Birth Date: 20th February 1963 
  • Birth Place: Leeds, Alabama, the USA
  • Horoscope: Pisces
  • Country: USA
  • Gender: Male
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Spouse: Maureen Blumhardt
  • Net Worth: $50 million
  • Eye Color: Dark Brown
  • Hair Color: Bald
  • Nationality: American
  • Position: Power Forwarder


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