Charles Barkley is one of the NBA’s most famous names and outspoken voices. Naturally we decided to create a list of 20 Famous Charles Barkley Quotes to celebrate the 11-time NBA All Star. Barkley played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets during his illustrious NBA career. Barkley used his 6-foot-5 stature to dominate his opponents in the paint.
“Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Charles Barkley has followed up his Hall of Fame basketball career with an Emmy Award-winning television run,” according to his bio.
“A consummate entertainer, Barkley has evolved into a pop culture icon who commands a diverse audience that may not always agree with his opinions, but respects his ability to tell it like it is.”
You can check out our list of the 20 Famous Charles Barkley Quotes below.
“I’m not a role model… Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.”
“I can be bought. If they paid me enough, I’d work for the Klan.”
“As long as you got Dwight Howard, you can get guys off the street and (your team) will still be impressive.”
“Poor people cannot rely on the government to come to help you in times of need. You have to get your education. Then nobody can control your destiny.”
“You got to believe in yourself. Hell, I believe I’m the best-looking guy in the world and I might be right.”
“I’m just mad because I had to play against Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan and guys like that instead of some of these stiffs that are playing in the NBA today. We used to have real basketball back in the 80s and 90s. We would’ve beat these teams like drums.”
“I know I’m never as good or bad as one single performance. I’ve never believed in my critics or my worshippers, and I’ve always been able to leave the game at the arena.”
“I don’t hate anyone, at least not for more than 48 minutes, barring overtime.”
“You know the Lakers don’t want any of that physical play. They are like my stomach…a little soft.”
“See, my hope and dream is that people have a good time watching basketball. It’s not church. It’s not serious.”
“Almost all those politicians took money from Enron, and there they are holding hearings. That’s like O.J. Simpson getting in the Rae Carruth jury pool.”
“Let me tell you something, if David Wells ever outruns me, I don’t even know, I’ll do the worst thing I could ever do to myself. Boomer can’t outrun me, I’m offended. Boomer, I should come to your house and slap the hell out of you if you even dream about outrunning me. Only way he can outrun me- you know those little dog races where they put a rabbit out in front? We put a ham hock out in front of Boomer, a ham hock, a neck bone or a pig’s foot.”
“I don’t know what that gas is made of, but it can’t smell any worse than Ernie Johnson ‘s gym bag.”
“I remember sitting down with the Rockets and saying, ‘Yeah. I’m going to retire.’ They said, ‘Well, we’ll give you $9 million.’ And I said, ‘You got a pen on you?'”
“To all those people who went to the hospital last week jumping off the Knicks’ bandwagon…I told you so.”
“The only difference between a good shot and a bad shot is if it goes in or not.”
“I always laugh when people ask me about rebounding techniques. I’ve got a technique. It’s called just go get the damn ball.”
“I’ve always thought if you can’t play, shut the hell up. I’ve been a big advocate of that theory.”
“I never would say a player stinks. Ever. I’ll tell you their team stinks, and first of all, they know their team stinks. And the fans know their team stinks.”
“I heard Tonya Harding is calling herself the Charles Barkley of figure skating. I was going to sue her for defamation of character, but then I realized I have no character.”