Charles Barkley (born February 20, 1963 in Leeds, Alabama) is a former American basketball power forward. A current resident of Arizona, Barkley is commonly nicknamed Sir Charles and occasionally The Round Mound of Rebound. Barkley was named Most Valuable Player of the NBA in 1993. In 1996, the NBA's 50th anniversary, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Barkley won the Olympic gold medal with the U.S. Dream Teams in the 1992 and 1996 Games. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Barkley is best remembered for his tenacity and ruggedness for rebounds, despite his relative lack of height. Besides being one of the best rebounders ever, he was also a prolific scorer and a consummate team player. He had high career totals in scoring, rebounding, and assists. He is also famous for his behavior and often controversial statements off the court.