The Philadelphia 76ers honored Charles Barkley on Friday, unveiling a sculpture at the team’s training complex in Camden, New Jersey.
Barkley played 16 years in the NBA, including eight years in Philadelphia, then four years each with the Phoenix Suns and the Houston Rockets. However, Philadelphia and the 76ers hold a special place for Barkley, who is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
“It’s a humbling experience,” Barkley said. “It really means a great deal. People know what the 76ers mean to the NBA. This city means a great deal to me. To come here when you’re a 21-year-old kid, and now 40 years later. It’s been pretty amazing. It all started here. I just want to thank the 76ers organization and the city of Philadelphia. It’s an amazing city.”
The Sixers chose Barkley with the No. 5 overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. He spent eight years with the team, averaging 23.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals a game. During his playing days in Philadelphia, Barkley was named an all-star in six consecutive seasons from 1987 to 1992. The Sixers also reached the playoffs six times, winning 50-plus games in three of those seasons.
In 1986-87, Barkley led the NBA in rebounding with a 14.6 average a game. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996. In 2001, Barkley’s No. 34 was retired by the team.
Barkley’s sculpture joins those for fellow 76ers legends Billy Cunningham, Wilt Chamberlain, Maurice Cheeks, Julius Erving, Hal Greer, Bobby Jones and Moses Malone along 76ers Legends Walk.