Philadelphia 76ers honor Leeds native Charles Barkley with statue

Leeds native Charles Barkley unveils new statue of himself in Philadelphia. Photo provided

The Philadelphia 76ers honored Leeds native Charles Barkley with a statue on their Legends Walk outside their practice facility, according to a story in the national news website Morning Picker.
The statue was unveiled Friday on the walkway leading to the practice facility in Camden, N.J. Barkley, who played for eight seasons with the Sixers, joins team legends Wilt Chamberlain, Maurice Cheeks, Julius Erving and Bobby Jones on the Legends Walk.
“Upon seeing the unveiled statue of himself, Barkley joked that he had never seen himself that skinny, according to the story in Morning Picker.
“When you grow up in Leeds, Alabama, in the projects and all these 56 years later you’re standing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and you’ve had this amazing journey, all you really can say is, ‘thank you,’” Barkley said. “Always sign autographs, always take pictures, always try to be cordial.”
An All-Star for five straight seasons from 1987 to 1992, Barkley was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996. Now a television commentator, Barkley lives in Philadelphia and also has a home in the Birmingham area.


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