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NBA’s Sixers honor Barkley with statue

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Agence France-Presse

The Philadelphia 76ers honored NBA great Charles Barkley with a statue outside their practice facility in Camden, New Jersey, on Friday.

Barkley, who played eight seasons with the 76ers and was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996, did the honors, although he quipped the lithe athlete represented may have been misleading.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been that skinny,” said Barkley, who was listed at 6-foot, 6 inches and 252 pounds in his playing days and enjoyed the nickname The Round Mound of Rebound.

Barkley’s image was installed alongside those of other Sixers legends, including Wilt chamberlain, Maurice Cheeks, Julius Erving and Bobby Jones.

Since ending a 16-year playing career that included two Olympic gold medals, in 1992 and 1996, an NBA Most Valuable Player award in 1993 and five All-Star appearances, the ebullient and outspoken Barkley has become a popular television commentator.