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Charles Barkley wants to own NBA team

Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:16 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 8:28 pm
Hall of Famer Charles Barkley says he is interested in owning an NBA team. Posted by Ben Golliver. charles-barkley

First you get the money, then you get the power.

Former NBA star and current television personality Charles Barkley is arguably the league's most prominent media voice. But Barkley says he has set his sights higher.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Barkley is interested in joining an ownership group of an NBA team, something that he has considered in the past.
"I don't have enough money to be like a Michael [Jordan] and take complete control of an organization," he said, alluding to Jordan's role as majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. "But it would be fun to, like whether it was in Philadelphia or Phoenix, to put a few million dollars in and be not a speaking owner but just a fun, good investment." 

When asked if he had ever been invited to be part of an ownership group to buy the Sixers, Barkley said there were preliminary talks a few years ago.

"The last group that tried to put something together, but that fell through, I had preliminary conversations with them," he said. "I don't know anything about the new group."
Barkley uses the word "fun" to describe this dream of his, and that's all it would really be. Without majority control, he or any part-owner doesn't have final say on the direction of the franchise, plans for a stadium, roster moves, the hiring and firing of executives, and the like.

But NBA ownership is an elite club, and being able to refer to yourself as a part-owner is still an amazing bragging right, something reserved for the Michael Jordans and Magic Johnsons of the world. Would it meaningfully change Barkley's life? Who knows. He already enjoys a monstrous amount of fame, plays golf whenever he wants and is one of the most well-respected voices in the sport. But his decades of playing basketball, talking basketball and pitching products gives him the luxury of pursuing his every whim.


Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2011 11:39 pm

Charles Barkley wants to own NBA team

If Barkley buys the Heat you know he will be pushing for Kelvin Sampson to

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2011 10:56 pm

Charles Barkley wants to own NBA team

The NBA needs diverse ownership because most of the workers i.e. are African-American so it stands to reason that there needs to be ownership reflecting that ! Most pro sports franchises are not minority owned and that needs to change ! Not sure if Barkley will get it done but I've always felt that Barkley, Jordan, Magic, Isaih, Dr. J etc etc should be team owners since they in their playing days were able to get the NBA back on the map !

In the 1970s, the NBA was on a decline until the likes of Dr. J, Magic, Bird, Jordan, Isiah, Barkley etc etc etc came along and revived interest in the game and for that some of those guys are deserving of ownership ! 

Since: Jun 4, 2011
Posted on: June 12, 2011 1:21 pm

Charles Barkley wants to own NBA team

Charles, please explain that a little trash talk is part of the game. The only trash talk that I heard all
season that was bad, was the MVP's comments about Duke and it's team? 

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2011 1:22 am

Charles Barkley wants to own NBA team

buy the Cavaliers!!!!   TODAY!!!!!!

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 2:38 pm

Charles Barkley wants to own NBA team

I think he is setting his sights to low. Can you imagine Commisioner Charles Barkley.

Would become the most watchable executive in any sport. Draft day with Charles. Owner meetings with Charles.
He would rule with the Tyranny of Judge Mountain Landis, and the cuddlieness of Teddy Roosevelt.

Players having to fly to speak to the commisioner about whining, and other irratating behavior.

You could televise all of it.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 12:57 pm

double down

maybe barkley can go double or nothing at the casinos to get enought cash to buy .00005% of an nba team.  He's the man.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 11:43 am

Charles Barkley wants to own NBA team

you go Charles......

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 1:39 am

Charles Barkley wants to own NBA team

I'm hoping and praying that Barkley can come up with enough money to buy a piece of the Miami Heat. That would be funny as hell. Dear God, please please please, make my dream come true, let Charles Barkley owns a piece of the Heat, please please please?

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2011 12:51 am

Charles Barkley wants to own NBA team

Barkley is like Mark Cuban, minus the intelligence.  Sealed

He's funny to listen to until he owns your favorite team.... or shows up in your celebrity golf foursome.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:02 pm

Charles Barkley wants to own NBA team

Gotta love Chuck.  He was going to be governor of Alabama.  Now he wants to own part of a NBA team.  I guess he does not want to work for TNT any more or gamble anymore.  I think he will also have more fines than Mark Cuban.

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