Nothing lasts forever no matter how much we would like it to. For a few years now, Charles Barkley has made it known that he would eventually like to do something other than broadcasting. Inside the NBA is as good as it is primarily because of him and it’s hard to imaging the show without him. But we may have to do so soon.
Barkley’s current deal with TNT is up in two years and he’s likely to walk away at that point. If that’s the case, let’s enjoy these final years. Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith are both very good at what they do, but Chuck is Chuck and that’s tough to match. Even by Shaq.
Finally, Barkley said his time as a broadcaster for TNT is nearing an end. He has two years on his contract, and said that the lucrative new deal the NBA signed with TNT (and ESPN) won’t affect his decision to walk away. He did mention that he might change course and stay for an even 20 years, and also expressed an interest in taking a general manager’s job.
“I love my job, I love the people I work with,” Barkley said. “My big decision is, I’ve got two years left on my deal. That’ll be 17 years. That’s a long time to do a job. I would rather leave too early than stay too long. And 17 years is a long time. I told Ernie when I took the job, I was only going to be here four years. Now 15 years later, I’m still here. I’m leaning heavily toward it, toward finishing my two years and leaving on a good note.”