Compelled to Sell $700K Valued Mansion, Disappointed Charles Barkley Left Historic Surprise for New Owners

Published 10/22/2023, 7:10 AM EDT

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NBA legend Charles Barkley has won almost everything there is during his basketball career. Almost! His resume lacks arguably the most important accolade of all, an NBA championship. Despite his brilliant displays for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Phoenix Suns, Barkley could not win a title. So, the Hall of Famer joined the Houston Rockets in an attempt to finally clinch a ring. However, the stint ended up unsuccessful and Chuck announced his retirement in 2000.

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After this, he moved out of Houston and sold his mansion. Interestingly, he left behind an iconic piece of memorabilia for the new owners.

Charles Barkley left behind an iconic picture

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Charles Barkley joined hands with Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, and Scottie Pippen for the Rockets for a shot at the title. Barkley even took a pay cut to accommodate the arrival of Pippen. Even though they were all legendary players, there were concerns about their age.

However, Chuck was not worried about that. Unfortunately for him, the skeptics were proved correct.

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During his four-year stint in Houston, the team could not reach the Finals. During the 1996-97 season, they reached the Conference Finals which ended up as their best run. Furthermore, his time with the Rockets was marred by his beef with Pippen as well. Both went back and forth as both stars called each other out publicly multiple times.

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Overall, it was a rather regrettable spell for the 1993 NBA MVP on and off the court. After his retirement, Barkley sold his mansion at 66 Harbor View. Interestingly, he left an iconic image of himself and Michael Jordan which was taken during their NBA Finals clash in 1993.

In 2018, the 4,000-square-foot house was once again on the market for $700k. According to a report from the Houston Chronicle, listing agent Joanna Garcia talked about the photo, “Fun fact, the photos of the game room include Barkley memorabilia that was left behind in the house when he sold.”

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Notably, Jordan and the Chicago Bulls defeated Barkley and the Suns 4-2 to win their third straight ring.

Charles Barkley’s beef with Scottie Pippen

Charles Barkley was happy to take a pay cut for former rival Scottie Pippen. The Bulls legend famously had one of the poorest contracts in NBA history during his time in Chicago. However, the relationship between Barkley and Pippen soon turned sour. Things started to go south after the Rockets lost against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round in the 1995-96 playoffs. Pippen was not happy with the loss and his lack of involvement in the offense. So, he allegedly wanted to move to the Lakers for a reunion with former coach Phil Jackson.

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This did not sit well with Barkley who stated the 6x NBA champion owes an apology. Pippen did not take it well and ripped apart his teammate. He regretted his decision to join forces with Chuck and called him “sorry fat bu**”. He also stated that he should have listened to Michael Jordan when he said Barkley lacks the dedication to win a championship. After some back and forth between the two, their relationship never recovered.

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Bagavathi Eswaran is a senior NBA writer at EssentiallySports, with a strong passion for the sport that started at the young age of ten. As a former college player, Bagavathi has been following the NBA for more than a decade and has found his calling in writing about the sport. With over 1400 articles to his name, his expertise in covering the NBA, as well as other arenas of the sport, is evident in his writing.
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