Charles Barkley spoke about Tiger Woods in Phil Mickelson's authorized biography written by Alan Shipnuck, Barkley.
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"One of the reasons Phil has lasted so long is because he's had a joyful life.
Tiger won a bunch of tournaments, but there wasn't much joy in it. Sure, Tiger is a better golfer. You're just in awe of his talent. But it's not fun to be around him. Everyone in his world is uptight and sh-t, afraid to say or do the wrong thing."
Charles Wade Barkley is a former American basketball player, with the role of great forward. Nicknamed Sir Charles, in 1993 he was named MVP of the season, in 1997 he was included by the NBA in the list of the 50 strongest players of all time, and in 2006 he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
He currently works in television as a sports analyst: he leads the program "Inside the NBA" together with former players Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith and journalist Ernie Johnson Jr. Barkley played college for Auburn University.
In Auburn he played mainly as a center, although his height, about 195 centimeters, was less than the average of the same roles. He then became 198 cm tall. At the beginning of his career, Barkley had weight problems: during his time in college, he weighed over 135 kg.
The nickname The Round Mound of Rebound (literally, "the round mountain of rebound") takes us back to the days of his stay in Auburn, where he became famous for having a pizza delivered while sitting on the bench during a regular season match.
Barkley made his NBA debut in 1984 with the Philadelphia 76ers, quickly becoming the leader of his own team, which he led to the playoffs every year until his transfer to the Phoenix Suns in 1992. With the 76ers he averaged 24.3 points a match.
Again, Barkley quickly became a symbol of the team, and was one of the few NBA players to have figured among the Kenner Starting Lineup puppets. But Barkley was also involved in some minor scandals, including the notorious brawl with Detroit Pistons center Bill Laimbeer, in 1990.