Charles Barkley: More Influential as a Player or Announcer?

Tomorrow marks the start of the NBA Finals (Go Thunder!). One of the sideshows at the NBA’s highest stage is Charles Barkley, all time great power forward turned NBA pundit. Given Sir Charles’ stature as a nationally renowned loud mouth and current public weight loss, one has to ask, is he more influential now than he was as an NBA MVP?

Consider the evidence. The below Nike ad epitomizes Charles Barkley in his playing days, a man who was trouble on the court, difficult for the media, and held no regard for the expectations of proper NBA player behavior. When criticized, he shunned the role model moniker.

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