Never the last to make headlines, Charles Barkley is one of the few players who has enjoyed the luxury of playing a game under the influence of alcohol. By digging a bit, we found the meeting in question, with little uplifting stats.
In 1992, Charles Barkley had only one obsession: to leave Philadelphia, where he was no longer happy. That’s good, in February, the Chuckster learns that he will be sent to the Lakers side. News that makes him euphoric, and that leads him to press the bottle in the middle of the day. Only then, the events then turned out badly, as The Round Mound of Rebound told it recently to Zach Lowe of ESPN…
My agent called me one morning and said, “Hey, you’re going to be sent to the Lakers.” My friends and I went out to celebrate and have drinks until noon.
The agent called me back later, and he said, “It’s okay, they’re going to finalize the deal, head to the Lakers for you, I’ll call you back.” I am euphoric, but he reminds a little later, around 3 o’clock in the afternoon: “The Sixers have backed down, they don’t want any more”.
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The problem is, I’m fucking drunk, and we have a game that night. I’m like, “Huh? The funny thing is, I don’t even know how I played that game. Surely I was a sucker because I had the balls that the Sixers did not validate.
Alcohol and the passage of time were right in the memory of Charles Barkley, but we did some research on the sidelines of the deadline 1992, with a match that stands out clearly: the heavy defeat of Philadelphia against the Nets, during from which the Chuckster was in big trouble by its usual standards.
Admittedly, he distributed 7 assists and captured 9 rebounds, but Barkley sank in scoring, with 6 points to 2/7 in shooting. To his discharge, not obvious to aim for the circle with three grams of alcohol in the blood …
You’ll never know if this is the real match, Chuck being unable to confirm for himself, but after a nice analysis of the period’s boxscores, the probability seems very high.
6 points, 7 assists and 9 rebounds: not too bad for a player under the influence of alcohol, but light for Charles Barkley. Sacred Chuck…