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Kenny Smith narrates how 6ft 4 Charles Barkley had NBA change its rule

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Former NBA player and TNT co-panelist Kenny Smith heaps praise of Charles Barkley, narrating how he made the league change its rules.

Popularly nicknamed The Round Mound of Rebound, Charles Barkley was considered one of the rare species within the NBA. Standing at 6ft 4, the Alabama native was undersized for his power forward position. Nonetheless, this never deterred from being a dominant force within the paint.

The Chuckster used strength and aggressiveness to the fullest and was versatile enough to play each ends of the ground. Barkley’s ability to gather rebounds was something one could only imagine the large men do, as he averaged a profession 22.1 PPG and 11.7 RPG.

The 1992-93 season was a landmark 12 months for Barkley, winning the MVP and making his Finals debut with the Suns. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to get past Michael Jordan and the Bulls, who would rob Chuck of his only likelihood on the Larry O’Brien trophy.

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Nonetheless, the Suns MVP left behind a wealthy legacy and was enshrined within the Hall of Fame. Barkley was also a part of the NBA’s recently assembled Seventy fifth-anniversary team.

During a segment of NBA’s 75 stories featuring The Chuckster, Kenny Smith had some high words of praise for his co-panelist.

Kenny Smith narrates how Charles Barkley’s uniqueness made the NBA introduce a recent rule.

Each Smith and Barkley have been co-panelists on the award-winning show Contained in the NBA for over twenty years, and the camaraderie that the 2 share is evidence of their friendship. Thus it was great to have The Jet speak on Chuck through the latter’s episode of NBA’s 75 stories.

The 2-time Rockets champion gave his flowers to Barkley, saying the next.

“I might say that Charles is one of the vital unique players that ever played basketball. His ability to be 6ft 4 and play power forward, everyone knows that’s unique, and he’s 6ft 4, not 6ft5. That is when you already know how great you might be, Michael Jordan, they said, there’s an illegal offensive rule, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar there was a rule of no dunking due to him, Charles Barkley, they were like you can’t back down for greater than 5-seconds. They modified the rule because he (Charles) was so good that’s when you already know you’re on a unique level on the playing field that they’re changing a rule just based in your skill set.”

Charles Barkley’s HOF resume:
– 11x All-Star, 1991 ASG MVP
– 5x All-NBA 1st Team, 5x 2nd Team, 1996 third Team
– 1993 NBA MVP
– 1987 NBA REB (14.6) leader
– 1985 NBA All-Rookie 1st Team
– NBA fiftieth & Seventy fifth Anniversary Teams
– #34 retired by #76erspic.twitter.com/RytnMwKu2w

— Pro Sports Outlook (@PSO_Sports) August 19, 2022

The rule that was brought into effect, courtesy of Barkley stated that a player positioned under the prolonged free throw line cannot dribble the ball with their side or back to the basket for greater than 5-seconds.

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