Charles Barkley Reveals How Losing 50 Pounds Changed His Life

Published 09/06/2021, 6:30 PM EDT
10 April 2019, US, Dallas: Basketball: NBA; Main Round; 81st Matchday; Dallas Mavericks – Phoenix Suns at Amercian Airlines Center. Legendary meeting on the occasion of Dirk Nowitzkis last home game of his career. This is Charles Barkley speaking to Dirk Nowitzki. Photo: Philipp Hülsmann/dpa (Photo by Philipp Hülsmann/picture alliance via Getty Images)


Philadelphia 76ers legend Charles Barkley is one of the greatest players of all time. However, despite all the individual success, Barkley failed to win a championship in his professional career. Regardless, he was an elite power forward of his time, and the numbers back it up.

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He was one of the four NBA players who achieved at least 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, and 4,000 assists at the time of his retirement. Recently, he talked about his career-changing conversation with 1983 NBA champion Moses Malone.

Three-time NBA MVP Moses Malone is regarded as one of the best players to don a Sixers jersey and was instrumental in helping the Sixers win their third NBA title in 1983 -the last NBA title the Sixers won. He also became the MVP and Finals MVP that season.

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Aug 1992: Chris Mullin (L), Charles Barkley (M) and Magic Johnson (R) of Team USA, the Dream Team, on the victor’s podium after winning the gold medal in the men’s basketball competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Icon Sportswire)

Charles Barkley opens up on his career-changing conversation with Moses Malone

The former Sixers star recently appeared in the latest episode of ‘The Mike Missanelli Show’ and talked about Ben Simmons’ trade request, among other things. He also opened up on his career-changing conversation with former teammate Moses Malone.

“I asked Moses, ‘can I come to your condo tonight?'” Barkley said.

“So, I go up there and I said, mostly, ‘why am I not getting a plate?’ And he said, ‘hey, you’re fat and you’re lazy.’ And it was the greatest conversation and the worst conversation mixed in because it was hard for me to hear that,” he added.

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“He said, ‘hey, you weigh 300 pounds’. Here’s a guy who’s one of the greatest ever took me on this wing. He said, ‘let’s lose 10 pounds,’ I get to 290. Once I got to 250, I was just kicking a**.”

Charles Barkley was the fifth overall pick in the 1984 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Many consider this draft as the one of best because it produced five Hall of Famers. He joined a team that was in a red-hot form and had won the NBA championship a year before his draft. The Sixers squad boasted many top stars, like Julius Erving and Moses Malone.

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Barkley helped the team in qualifying for the playoffs on many occasions, but failed to win a championship. He joined the Suns in 1992 in a bid to win the first ring of his career. However, he lost in the finals against Jordan’s Bulls.

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