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Name: Charles Barkley                                                               
Born: 20 February 1963.                                                             
Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is a retired American professional     
basketball player. Nicknamed "Sir Charles," for his aggressive and outspoken         
demeanor, and "The Round Mound of Rebound," for his unusual build and talent as     
a player, Barkley established himself as one of the National Basketball             
Association's most dominating power forwards. He was selected to both the All-NBA   
First Team and All-NBA Second Team five times and once named to the All-NBA         
Third Team. He earned eleven NBA All-Star Game appearances and was named the All-Star
MVP in 1991. In 1993, he was voted the league's Most Valuable Player and during     
the NBA's 50th anniversary, named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.     
He competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games and won two gold medals as a         
member of the United States' Dream Team. In 2006, Barkley was inducted into the     
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.                                           
Barkley was popular with the fans and media, and made the NBA's All-Interview       
Team for each of his last 13 seasons in the league. He was frequently               
involved in on- and off-court fights and sometimes stirred national controversy,     
as in 1993 when he declared that sports figures should not be considered role       
models. Short for a power forward, he used tenacity and strength to become a         
dominant rebounder. He was a versatile player who could score, defend, rebound,     
and assist. In 2002, he retired as one of only four players in NBA history with     
20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists.                                   
Since retiring as a player, Barkley has had a successful career as a color           
commentator on basketball. He works with Turner Network Television (TNT) as a       
studio analyst for their coverage of NBA games. In addition, Barkley has             
written several books and has also shown interest at the possibility of a career     
in politics.