NBA star and sports broadcaster Charles Barkley was at Temple’s Performing Arts Center for a candid Q&A with students and staff, hosted by TUTV.
The former Seventy-Sixers player visited Temple following Klein College gifting him with the prestigious “Lew Klein Award for Excellence in Media“.
Following an introduction by Klein Dean David Boardman, Barkley sat down and fielded questions from fans about his long career on and off of the court.
Barkley started his career in Philadelphia in 1984 when he signed with the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers, a team he would stay with for 8 years.
During his time in the NBA, Barkley would play on 3 different teams and place as an NBA all-star 11 times.
Barkley also made his Olympic debut in Barcelona for the 1992 summer games. Barkley would go on to win two gold medals across two games over 8 years.
Following his retirement in 2000, Barkley has been a sports media analyst for TNT network and has worked alongside other sporting legends such as Shaquille O’Neal.
Barkley took the opportunity at Temple to share his reflections on his career and colleagues, joking with fans but also offering words of wisdom.
“When I was 26 I thought to myself ‘Where would I be if I didn’t have this money and this big house’? There’s nothing wrong with that, but it hit me that there must be more to life than this.” Barkley told students.
Barkley is the 18th recipient of the “Lew Klein Excellence in Media” award, joining past recipients including Anderson Cooper and Tina Fey.