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  6. article_body => "<p>Charles Barkley wasn\u2019t born here, but he\u2019s as Philadelphia as it gets.<\/p>\n<p>The Hall of Famer, former Sixer and current analyst spent Thursday hanging out at 97.5 The Fanatic\u2019s studios in Bala Cynwyd. He co-hosted with Mike Missanelli for the entire four-hour show.<\/p>\n<p>He talked about his love for the fans, the city, the Sixers and all things Philly \u2026 except cheesesteaks (He had one when he was drafted in 1984 and hasn\u2019t been back for one since.)<\/p>\n<p>There was never a dull moment during the entire Mike Missanelli Show Thursday.<\/p>\n<h3><strong>Ben and Jo's&nbsp;accountability<\/strong><\/h3>\n<p>Of course the hottest topic for Barkley was the Sixers and his thoughts on the teams two young stars, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.<\/p>\n<p>Barkley lavished the pair with praise, saying he thought they were the most talented duo since Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O\u2019Neal.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<blockquote><p>Him and Ben together, could be the new Shaq and Kobe,\u201d Barkley said. \u201cNow, Ben\u2019s not on Kobe\u2019s level and Joel\u2019s not on Shaq\u2019s level, but I think it\u2019s fair to say \u2026 I\u2019ll say this: I think Ben Simmons, in his third year, I think you can say \u2014&nbsp;people forget, Kobe is one of the five or six greatest players ever, but he struggled early in his career. I think you can say Ben is at least \u2014&nbsp;and I\u2019m not saying he\u2019s going to be greater than Kobe, don\u2019t mix up my words \u2014&nbsp;but he\u2019s got potential to be one of the best to ever do it. And Joel, ain\u2019t nothing he can\u2019t do if he stays off that three-point line.<\/p>\n<\/blockquote>\n<p>Barkley believes in both young players, but also acknowledged that both players are flawed and need to be held accountable. Embiid\u2019s issues have&nbsp;been&nbsp;his health and fitness \u2014&nbsp;something Barkley can relate to from early in his career.<\/p>\n<p>Sir Charles was glad to see that Embiid cried and felt the pain of losing that Game 7 in Toronto, but wants someone with the Sixers to do what Moses Malone and Billy Cunningham did for a young Barkley.<\/p>\n<blockquote><p>I\u2019ve told this story before, the most important person in my life was Moses Malone,\u201d Barkley said. \u201cI remember talking to him one day and I said, \u2018Moses, why am I not getting to play?\u2019 He said \u2018You\u2019re fat and you\u2019re lazy.\u2019 I said, \u2018What do you mean?\u2019 \u2018You\u2019re fat and you\u2019re lazy.\u2019 He said, \u2018Charles, you can\u2019t play in the NBA at 300 pounds. \u2026 I know you led your conference in rebounding all three years, but you\u2019re not going to be in good enough shape and you can\u2019t work hard enough to play in the NBA.\u2019 And this guy, who I called \u2018dad,\u2019 met me every day before practice, after practice. He made me lose 10 pounds \u2014&nbsp;290, 280, 270, 260, 250. I actually got to 240 but I had no strength or energy and he said, \u2018250 is your playing weight.\u2019<\/p>\n<\/blockquote>\n<p>Barkley recalled that then-owner&nbsp;Harold Katz traded away Marc Iavaroni to free up playing time. Cunningham, the Sixers' coach at that time, told Barkley bluntly, \u201cYour fat a\u2014&nbsp;ain\u2019t playing because you don\u2019t work hard enough.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>The rest, as they, is history.<\/p>\n<p>As for Simmons, Barkley said he\u2019s done with the shooting videos against \u201cwaiters and bartenders.\u201d He\u2019s ready for Simmons to shoot in an actual NBA game.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>But he\u2019s bullish on the Sixers as a whole. He believes Tobias Harris will be better with Jimmy Butler gone and he loves the additions of Al Horford and Josh Richardson. He\u2019s already made his bet on the NBA Finals.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI\u2019m already out on the limb, brother,\u201d Barkley said to Missanelli. \u201cWorld champions.\u201d<\/p>\n<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Big thanks to James Ennis (<a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/JamesDa_Truth?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@JamesDa_Truth<\/a>) for joining us in studio today for Charles Barkley Day! <a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/zRozSDO71y\">pic.twitter.com\/zRozSDO71y<\/a><\/p>&mdash; Natalie Egenolf (@NatalieEgenolf) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/NatalieEgenolf\/status\/1167159659062542336?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 29, 2019<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n<br \/>\n<h3><strong>\u2018They sent me to war with a BB gun\u2019<\/strong><\/h3>\n<p>Barkley was unceremoniously traded to the Phoenix Suns in 1992 for Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang and Tim Perry. There are several reasons why the return wasn\u2019t great.<\/p>\n<p>One of which is that Barkley wanted out after a couple dismal seasons. Another is that the Sixers\u2019 front office at the time \u201cdidn\u2019t know what the hell they were doing,\u201d according to Barkley.<\/p>\n<blockquote><p>[Sixers owner] Harold [Katz] comes in, wants to know what\u2019s going on, why we stink so bad. Everybody lies \u2014&nbsp;\u2018Well, we\u2019re not playing good enough defense. \u2026 We need to get some better outside shooters. \u2026 We got to do a better job on the boards.\u2019 Like seven, eight bogus excuses. And I\u2019m steaming at this point and all the sudden Harold turns to me, \u2018Charles, you don\u2019t have anything to say?\u2019 I said, \u2018You don\u2019t want to hear what I got to say.\u2019 He says, \u2018Oh yeah, you\u2019re the captain, I want to hear what you got to say.\u2019 I said, \u2018The reason we no good because that guy right there and that guy right there suck at basketball. Them two suck, right there.\u2019 And they stand up and I stand up and grab my stool and I said, \u2018If you come over here I\u2019m going to break this damn stool across your damn head.\u2019<\/p>\n<\/blockquote>\n<p>One of \u201cthem two\u201d was Charles Shackleford. Barkley recalled when Katz initially told him the team acquired Shackleford.<\/p>\n<blockquote><p>I remember I was having dinner with Harold Katz and he says, \u2018We got Charles Shackleford.\u2019 And I\u2019m like, \u2018From N.C. State?\u2019 He says, \u2018Yeah, he led the Italian league in rebounding.\u2019 I said, \u2018Dude, if I want Italian, I\u2019ll have pasta or something. I\u2019m not looking for no basketball players. No disrespect to Italians, but I want some Italian food, I ain\u2019t looking for no basketball players over in Italy.\u2019<\/p>\n<\/blockquote>\n<p>Barkley said it had gotten so bad that Shackleford would purposely pick up fouls early in games because the Philly crowd was too rough on him.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p><div class=\"media media-element-container media-default\"><div id=\"file-1817201\" class=\"file file-image file-image-jpeg\">\r\n\r\n <h2 class=\"element-invisible\"><a href=\"\/files\/ap-charles-barkleyjpg\">ap-charles-barkley.jpg<\/a><\/h2>\r\n \r\n \r\n <div class=\"content\">\r\n <img class=\"media-element file-default\" data-delta=\"2\" src=\"public:\/\/archive\/assets_article\/philadelphia\/2019\/08\/30\/ap-charles-barkley.jpg\" width=\"2291\" height=\"1291\" alt=\"\" \/> <\/div>\r\n\r\n \r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div><\/p>\n<p class=\"wysiwyg-right\"><em><strong>AP Images<\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n<h3><strong>Man of the people<\/strong><\/h3>\n<p>Speaking of people not being able to handle the Philly crowd, Barkley weighed in on the recent <a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/phillies\/feisty-sean-rodriguez-defends-himself-rhys-hoskins-against-wrath-entitled-fans\" target=\"_blank\">entitled comments <\/a>made by Phillies utilityman Sean Rodriguez.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cListen, Mr. Rodriguez: Stay off that grenade. Leave the fans alone.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Barkley remembers hearing about Sixers first-round pick Shawn Bradley\u2019s wife getting into it with fans. He also referenced <a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/76ers\/ben-simmons-doesnt-endear-himself-sixers-fans-comment-booing-game-1-playoff-loss-nets\" target=\"_blank\">Simmons\u2019 comments during the playoffs <\/a>last season. Though he said the fans never booed him, he told all players to expect it and not take it personally.<\/p>\n<p>If there is anyone that understands the Philadelphia fan, it\u2019s Barkley. He still feels the love whenever he\u2019s in the city.<\/p>\n<p>A big part of that is probably the way he treats people. He was gracious with every single person he came across and grateful for every caller with a story of how they met him at a nightclub back in the day or just how much he meant to the city. He saw a woman with cleaning supplies picking up around the studio. He asked her how she was doing, asked her for her name and said, \u201cHi, I\u2019m Charles.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>As he left the studio, a few fans were waiting outside hoping to snag an autograph and a picture.<\/p>\n<p><div class=\"media media-element-container media-default\"><div id=\"file-1817186\" class=\"file file-image file-image-jpeg\">\r\n\r\n <h2 class=\"element-invisible\"><a href=\"\/files\/paul-hudrick-charles-barkleyjpg\">paul-hudrick-charles-barkley.jpg<\/a><\/h2>\r\n \r\n \r\n <div class=\"content\">\r\n <img class=\"media-element file-default\" data-delta=\"1\" src=\"public:\/\/archive\/assets_article\/philadelphia\/2019\/08\/30\/paul-hudrick-charles-barkley.jpg\" width=\"4032\" height=\"2271\" alt=\"\" \/> <\/div>\r\n\r\n \r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div><\/p>\n<p class=\"wysiwyg-right\"><em><strong>Paul Hudrick<\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n<p>Barkley yelled out affectionately, \u201cOh, you mother f\u2014ers!\u201d<\/p>\n<p>He then proceeded to sign all their autographs and take pictures.<\/p>\n<p>As Philadelphia as it gets.<\/p>\n<p><iframe src=\"https:\/\/art19.com\/shows\/sixers-talk-a-philadelphia-76ers-podcast\/episodes\/8eb22bbe-4920-444e-a6d2-f83f0984c700\/embed\" style=\"width: 100%; height: 200px; border: 0 none;\" scrolling=\"no\"><\/iframe> \n<p><em><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/smart.link\/5bb788a3d5b83?site_id=Web_NBCS_Philly&amp;creative_id=nbcsphi1356&amp;cp_4=www.nbcsports.com&amp;cp_1=washington&amp;cp_2=myteams-nbc-sports&amp;cp_3=nbcsphi1356\">Click here<\/a> to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! 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Charles Barkley wasn’t born here, but he’s as Philadelphia as it gets.

The Hall of Famer, former Sixer and current analyst spent Thursday hanging out at 97.5 The Fanatic’s studios in Bala Cynwyd. He co-hosted with Mike Missanelli for the entire four-hour show.

He talked about his love for the fans, the city, the Sixers and all things Philly … except cheesesteaks (He had one when he was drafted in 1984 and hasn’t been back for one since.)

There was never a dull moment during the entire Mike Missanelli Show Thursday.

Ben and Jo's accountability

Of course the hottest topic for Barkley was the Sixers and his thoughts on the teams two young stars, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Barkley lavished the pair with praise, saying he thought they were the most talented duo since Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. 

Him and Ben together, could be the new Shaq and Kobe,” Barkley said. “Now, Ben’s not on Kobe’s level and Joel’s not on Shaq’s level, but I think it’s fair to say … I’ll say this: I think Ben Simmons, in his third year, I think you can say — people forget, Kobe is one of the five or six greatest players ever, but he struggled early in his career. I think you can say Ben is at least — and I’m not saying he’s going to be greater than Kobe, don’t mix up my words — but he’s got potential to be one of the best to ever do it. And Joel, ain’t nothing he can’t do if he stays off that three-point line.

 

Barkley believes in both young players, but also acknowledged that both players are flawed and need to be held accountable. Embiid’s issues have been his health and fitness — something Barkley can relate to from early in his career.

Sir Charles was glad to see that Embiid cried and felt the pain of losing that Game 7 in Toronto, but wants someone with the Sixers to do what Moses Malone and Billy Cunningham did for a young Barkley.

I’ve told this story before, the most important person in my life was Moses Malone,” Barkley said. “I remember talking to him one day and I said, ‘Moses, why am I not getting to play?’ He said ‘You’re fat and you’re lazy.’ I said, ‘What do you mean?’ ‘You’re fat and you’re lazy.’ He said, ‘Charles, you can’t play in the NBA at 300 pounds. … I know you led your conference in rebounding all three years, but you’re not going to be in good enough shape and you can’t work hard enough to play in the NBA.’ And this guy, who I called ‘dad,’ met me every day before practice, after practice. He made me lose 10 pounds — 290, 280, 270, 260, 250. I actually got to 240 but I had no strength or energy and he said, ‘250 is your playing weight.’

Barkley recalled that then-owner Harold Katz traded away Marc Iavaroni to free up playing time. Cunningham, the Sixers' coach at that time, told Barkley bluntly, “Your fat a— ain’t playing because you don’t work hard enough.”

The rest, as they, is history.

As for Simmons, Barkley said he’s done with the shooting videos against “waiters and bartenders.” He’s ready for Simmons to shoot in an actual NBA game. 

But he’s bullish on the Sixers as a whole. He believes Tobias Harris will be better with Jimmy Butler gone and he loves the additions of Al Horford and Josh Richardson. He’s already made his bet on the NBA Finals. 

“I’m already out on the limb, brother,” Barkley said to Missanelli. “World champions.”


‘They sent me to war with a BB gun’

Barkley was unceremoniously traded to the Phoenix Suns in 1992 for Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang and Tim Perry. There are several reasons why the return wasn’t great.

One of which is that Barkley wanted out after a couple dismal seasons. Another is that the Sixers’ front office at the time “didn’t know what the hell they were doing,” according to Barkley.

[Sixers owner] Harold [Katz] comes in, wants to know what’s going on, why we stink so bad. Everybody lies — ‘Well, we’re not playing good enough defense. … We need to get some better outside shooters. … We got to do a better job on the boards.’ Like seven, eight bogus excuses. And I’m steaming at this point and all the sudden Harold turns to me, ‘Charles, you don’t have anything to say?’ I said, ‘You don’t want to hear what I got to say.’ He says, ‘Oh yeah, you’re the captain, I want to hear what you got to say.’ I said, ‘The reason we no good because that guy right there and that guy right there suck at basketball. Them two suck, right there.’ And they stand up and I stand up and grab my stool and I said, ‘If you come over here I’m going to break this damn stool across your damn head.’

 

One of “them two” was Charles Shackleford. Barkley recalled when Katz initially told him the team acquired Shackleford.

I remember I was having dinner with Harold Katz and he says, ‘We got Charles Shackleford.’ And I’m like, ‘From N.C. State?’ He says, ‘Yeah, he led the Italian league in rebounding.’ I said, ‘Dude, if I want Italian, I’ll have pasta or something. I’m not looking for no basketball players. No disrespect to Italians, but I want some Italian food, I ain’t looking for no basketball players over in Italy.’

Barkley said it had gotten so bad that Shackleford would purposely pick up fouls early in games because the Philly crowd was too rough on him. 

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Man of the people

Speaking of people not being able to handle the Philly crowd, Barkley weighed in on the recent entitled comments made by Phillies utilityman Sean Rodriguez.

“Listen, Mr. Rodriguez: Stay off that grenade. Leave the fans alone.”

Barkley remembers hearing about Sixers first-round pick Shawn Bradley’s wife getting into it with fans. He also referenced Simmons’ comments during the playoffs last season. Though he said the fans never booed him, he told all players to expect it and not take it personally.

If there is anyone that understands the Philadelphia fan, it’s Barkley. He still feels the love whenever he’s in the city.

A big part of that is probably the way he treats people. He was gracious with every single person he came across and grateful for every caller with a story of how they met him at a nightclub back in the day or just how much he meant to the city. He saw a woman with cleaning supplies picking up around the studio. He asked her how she was doing, asked her for her name and said, “Hi, I’m Charles.”

As he left the studio, a few fans were waiting outside hoping to snag an autograph and a picture.

 

Paul Hudrick

Barkley yelled out affectionately, “Oh, you mother f—ers!”

He then proceeded to sign all their autographs and take pictures.

As Philadelphia as it gets.

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