Charles Barkley had a brilliant career in the NBA. He spent 16 seasons in the league, split between the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets. Although he ended his career without a championship, he was an 11-time All-Star and even made the NBA Hall of Fame.
Charles Barkley played in 1,073 games during his career, finishing with 23,757 points, 12,546 rebounds and 4,215 assists. He had the league’s best 2P% for five consecutive years between 1986 and 1991 and was the rebounding champion in the 1986-87 season.
Even today, Charles Barkley’s association with the league continues, due to his being an analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” Barkley’s larger-than-life personality has earned him a slew of endorsement deals. They included Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Nike, among others.
Besides his association with basketball and the NBA, Barkley has made a solid reputation as an investor. One of his first major investments was building a $25 million seed venture with the Alabama Futures Fund. It was then awarded to startups in Alabama. In 2017, he then pledged $1 million to fund black women‘s tech startups in Alabama — and when asked about it, he said:
“My goal is to help advance women in technology and shine a light on their efforts.”
Charles Barkley appeared as a guest on ABC’s Shark Tank (Season 10), through which he funded a startup called NeuroVice. The deal was done after the episode when founder Ashlyn Sanders wrote to him, and he really liked her presentation.
Does Charles Barkley have a signature shoe line?
Charles Barkley wore a host of Converse and Nike shoes before landing his own signature line with Nike. Barkley’s arrival at the Phoenix Suns was a crucial step in ensuring the franchise’s relevance, and he made his mark from the get-go.
In his first season with the Suns, he played 76 games. He averaged 25.6 points, 12.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists, helping the Suns finish first with 62 wins. Barkley’s performance earned him the Most Valuable Player award – the first and last of his career.
At the end of the season, Barkley got his first signature shoe – Nike Air Force Max. Although the shoe does not bear his logo, Barkley’s number 34 is printed on the shoe – and he put it on perfectly.
The following season marked the arrival of his first official signature shoe, which was a modification of the previous one, and named The Air Force Max CB. It featured a synthetic nubuck and leather upper with a mid cut. It also had an adjustable strap to secure the midfoot and 180-degree Max Air cushioning in the heel for impact protection.
The following season saw many more releases in his signature line. This included the Nike Air Max 2 CB, Nike Air CB 34, Nike Air CB 34 II, Nike Air CB4, Nike Air Super CB and Nike Air CB4 II.