By Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley hasn't ever been shy approximately expressing his reviews. Michael Jordan as soon as acknowledged that all of us are looking to say the issues that Barkley says, yet we don’t dare. yet even die-hard fans of the best-ever NBA nice, the big name of TNT’s contained in the NBA and CNN’s TalkBack Live, might be astonished by means of simply how candid and provocative he's during this book—and simply how sizeable his targets are. although he addresses weighty matters with a mild contact and prefers to stir humans to imagine via making them chuckle, there’s not anything Charles Barkley shies clear of here—not race, no longer type, no longer immense cash, now not scandal, no longer politics, now not personalities, not anything. “Early on,” says Washington publish columnist and ESPN speak convey host Michael Wilbon in his creation, “Barkley made his peace with blending it up, and made up our minds the implications have been a great deal worthy it to him. And that makes him as greatly diverse in those glossy megastar occasions as a 6-foot-4-inch strength forward.”
If there’s something Charles Barkley is aware, it’s the crying desire for sincere, open dialogue during this country—the extra uncomfortable the topic, the extra priceless the discussion. And if the dialogue chief might be as clever, irreverent, (occasionally) profane and (consistently) humorous as Charles Barkley, rather a lot the higher. many of us are going to be surprised and scandalized through I might be incorrect yet I Doubt It, yet many extra will rise up and cheer. Like Molly Ivins or invoice O’Reilly, Charles Barkley is totally his personal philosopher, and every thing he says comes from deep mirrored image. a technique or one other, if extra blood hasn’t reached your mind by the point you’ve comprehensive this booklet, perhaps you’ve been embalmed.
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And that makes him as radically different in these modern celebrity times as a 6-foot-4-inch power forward. And most days it makes him a compelling figure in the world of sports and entertainment. When I was approached about editing his words I was excited because I knew from seventeen years of hanging around him that Barkley had things to say, things worth writing and hearing and debating, some of it about touchy and even volatile subjects of which most celebrities are deathly afraid. Not sound bites, not thirty-second commercial clips that have at times gotten him into swirling controversy, but fully developed thoughts he’s been mulling and shaping for years.
I try to tell these guys now when they start talking about “keeping it real” that they’re not some little “hood-rat” anymore, and I’m not some kid running around in the projects. You’re a professional athlete who, most likely, went to college and put yourself in a whole new culture that is diverse racially and economically and socially. You’re now making somewhere between $1 million and $10 million a year and you ought to be trying to have a positive impact on something because you can. That’s your reality.
As kids, we didn’t know. We just hung out. My mother and my grandmother didn’t allow any of that garbage. ” Between my mother, my grandmother and having Joseph as a close friend, I never bought into any of that hatred. Funny thing is, it’s pretty obvious when two friends are of different races that they aren’t natural enemies, even though we grew up in the midst of all that tension. We had to be taught that BS at some point. Put a little black kid and a little white kid in a room and all they’re going to do, before their minds are polluted with a bunch of BS, is play with each other.