Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Charles Barkley does great work for TNT and has helped make “Inside the NBA” must-see TV each week, but the Round Mound of Rebound is not sure how much longer he can continue in his current role. Sir Charles told Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch that he is unsure about his broadcasting future. “I love my job,” Barkley told Deitsch. “I love the people I work with. And I’m going to try to do things to keep me engaged. But I have four years left on my current deal and to be honest with you, it’s going to be a struggle for me to make it for the whole four years. I really don’t know how much longer I’m going to do this. I need something more, or something else to do to be honest with you. “I only thought I would do this for three or four years but now I have been doing it for 13 years,” Barkley said. “When I got to my fifth year of broadcasting I was like ‘OK, I’ll do this a couple of more years.’ But now I’m like, ‘Dude, you have been doing this for 13 years and if I make it to the end of the contract it will be 17 years.’ Seventeen years is a long time. It’s a lifetime in broadcasting. I personally have to figure out the next challenge for me.” Barkley told Deitsch he asked TNT to let him provide analysis for actual games last season and that he enjoyed that. He is scheduled to do two more games this season, and he told Deitsch he’d love to combine with Dick Vitale to analyze a basketball game one day. Though Barkley says he’s unsure how long he can keep doing this, he’s also talked in the past about running for political office in Alabama, and that hasn’t materialized. Fans who love the show can only hope the same will be true regarding his TV work. Barkley has his offensive moments for TNT, but he really makes “Inside the NBA” as enjoyable as it is. It would be a big disappointment if he left. Deitsch’s column is full of other good information, so we recommend you read the entire thing. Photo Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

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  • Charles Barkley ought to be thanking God every day he wakes up that he has this job making that kind of money. He can't speak at all and really he's a terrible "so-called broadcaster" The guy never graduated from Auburn. I have no idea how a ex medicore basketball player like him ever got a job like that after basketball. Basically he's an idiot!!!!!!!!!!
  • GregMa, Just because an individual doesn't speak the Queens English doesn't make them an idiot or unemployable. Come on, the guy is from Alabama and most speak that way. Just because he didn't finish college, doesn't make him an idiot. Just because he was, in your opinion, a mediocre player, doesn't mean he can't be a broadcaster. Truth is, your paragraph is full of errors, both grammatically and logically. That's not an opinion; that's a fact. If you did graduate from college, you should be ashamed of your inaccurate use of the English language and your narrow mindedness. You are a typical Fox reader: you never have anything positive to say; your remarks borderline racially charged; and your finger is crooked.
  • Really????
    Charles was one of the greatest player of his time and surely one of the best ever to play his position being undersized.
    He fought HARD for every rebound and put back.
    Hard work every night is what got him there. Everyone picks on Charles for his Golf swing, speech, weight, clothes. Charles is funny. I have always loved watching Charles play, and wished he got a ring. We all know why he didn't ( MJ )
    A lot of times when I don't want to watch the teams playing. I will keep flipping back to TNT just to watch Charles. Shaq is funny also. Could you do his job???? LMAO, no. I will miss him and wish him good luck when he does leave. Thanks for all the enjoyable moments Charles. Luv ya Man
  • To call Barkley a mediocre player shows just how little you watched him play. He played one of the toughest positions in basketball when it was still a "rough" sport (elbows and hard fouls still happened), and, he was undersized. The guy won an MVP for crying out loud. If you put him in with today's players he would destroy the other PF's. As far as his commentary you have to respect the man's opinion because he doesn't give you the typical politically correct answer, he tells you what's on his mind and agree or not he doesn't care. You don't have to like what he says but I for one wish more athletes or ex athletes would speak their minds instead of being worried about who they will offend or what endorsements they may lose with their comments.

  • good riddance to a racist
  • With unemployment the way that it is Barkley should be thankful that he has a job.he is basically a low rated broadcaster that appears to know what he is talking about because he played basketball, but the things he say dont even make sense. give someone else a chance if you are disengaged, im sure they will do a better job. Run for political office. I wish you well.
  • @GregMa, MEDIOCRE BASKETBALL PLAYER???? It sounds like you are unaware that Sir Charles is a 5 times All-Star player, MVP of the All-Star game in 1991, MVP of the "League" in 1993 and inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame in 2006. You know who sounds like an idiot now? You do!
  • Oh yeah, he was also a member of the original Olympic Dream team so he has an Olympic Gold Medal. It doesn't sound like basketball is your game. Maybe you wandered over from the basebal blog.
  • Must be he is salivating on "If only I could coach the Lakers!"
  • charles...too tell you the truth it would be really hard for me too watch inside the nba...trust me you all saved the nba..with no doubt...peace
  • ndsantacruz... You couldn't be more right Barkley, Jordan, Magic, Bird, Robinson, I. Thomas... They saved the NBA.
  • Question of the day ... who cares about Charles Barkley????

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