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Charles Barkley wants to own an NBA team

Jun 12, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

Barkley, representing the 1992 United States Olympic "Dream Team"  in the Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2010, speaks in Springfield Reuters

And you thought David Stern had to get used to Mark Cuban… imagine Charles Barkley, NBA owner.

The Round Mound of Rebound and current analyst for TNT spoke on a conference call to promote the American Century Championship golf tournament — right here on NBC July 15-17 — and was asked about the potential sale of the Sixers (one of his former teams).

While most Sixers fans see the sale as a good thing — Ed Snider cares deeply about the Flyers, the Sixers sometimes feel like an afterthought — Barkley said it’s not as important as the players and coaches.

Then he said he wanted to be part of an ownership group someday.

“I have been asked but I haven’t found one I wanted to do…” Barkley said. “I don’t have enough money to be like a Michael (Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Bobcats) and take complete control of an organization. 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.”

He said he has not been asked to be part of the new group looking to buy the Sixers

And if you think Barkley could be a non-speaking owner, well, you probably still believe in the tooth fairy. Barkley couldn’t be a non-speaking anything. Not in his DNA.

  1. kingdavid919 - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    This goes back to the song: I wanna be like Mike! If I could be like Mike! lol

  2. seanb20124 - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    I thought he wanted to be the republican governor of Alabama??

    • LPad - Jun 12, 2011 at 7:33 PM

      not sure if he is a republican. seem to remember him telling Kenny on the air that the tax breaks were a bad idea when GW was running for office.

      • davidly - Jun 12, 2011 at 7:38 PM

        I don’t know what he is, or considers himself, now. But back in the nineties, he was calling himself a Republican and wanted to be Gov of Alabama.

  3. davidly - Jun 12, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    I predict three things: He will have his team; it will eventually have LeBron James on it; wresting will be involved.

  4. goforthanddie - Jun 12, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Charles and Shaq should go in together. As long as someone else ran it…

  5. readysethike - Jun 12, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    He doesnt have the money…he waste it all on gambling

    • downtowndanny - Jun 13, 2011 at 2:25 AM

      MJ can afford a team because he has the hottest sneakers in the game, his retro releases alone probably bought the Bobcats.

  6. grizz2202 - Jun 14, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Wait, what? There’s no tooth fairy???

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