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Retired NBA player Charles Barkley was part of the 1992 U.S. Olympic "Dream Team" and was named one of the league's 50 greatest players in 1996.
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Sir Charles has become one of the NBA's most visible players due as much to his talent as to his courtside antics. He was criticized in March 1991 for "spitting" at a child, and later explained that he'd meant to hit a fan who was taunting him with racial epithets. Despite a share of negative publicity, his outgoing personality also earned him numerous commercial endorsements.
During a pre-season drill in October 1993, Barkley collapsed when his legs went numb. Though tests revealed a back injury,
he announced a few days later that he would retire after the 1993-94 season. However, he decided to play after all, and in 1996, he was traded to the Houston Rockets and named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players in a ceremony marking the league's 50th anniversary.
After retiring from the NBA, Barkley signed on to do a talk show on TNT in 2003 called Listen Up!. He currently works for the network as a studio analyst for Inside the NBA. His book, I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It, was published in 2002.
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