CAMDEN, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Philadelphia 76ers have honored legendary NBA player Charles Barkley by erecting a statue of Barkley outside their training facility in Camden, New Jersey.
Barkley, who played eight seasons with the 76ers and was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996, attended the tribute, though he joked the supple athlete who represented him as the statue might have been misleading.
"I don't think I've ever been so slim," said Barkley, who was six feet tall and six inches (198.12cm), and weighed 252 pounds (114.3kg) while still playing. He was nicknamed "The Round Mound of Rebound".
The Barkley statue is installed along with other Sixers legends, including Wilt Chamberlain, Maurice Cheeks, Julius Erving, and Bobby Jones.
Since ending his playing career for 16 years, which included winning two Olympic gold medals in 1992 and 1996, as well as the 1993 NBA Most Valuable Player award and five All-Star appearances, his overflowing and outspoken enthusiasm has landed him in a position of commentator at a popular television show.