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Sir Charles led NBA in dunks, interviews

Updated: September 3, 2006, 6:32 PM ET
By Bob Carter | Special to ESPN.com

"My idol a lot of times is Charles Barkley. I wish I could say what he says," says Wayne Gretzky on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

The approval meter always had two ends and no center, just the way Charles Barkley liked it. You either enjoyed Barkley's rough and tumble basketball style and his shoot-from-the-hip mouth, or you hated it. The wide-bodied forward left no room for middle ground.

His coaches, for the most part, loved him. They marveled at his deft touch, his ...

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