‘We used to take a shower in our uniforms’: NBA legend Charles Barkley leaves fellow analysts BAFFLED with hilarious story from his playing days
Charles Barkley has left his fellow basketball analysts baffled on-air by sensationally claiming that he used to wash his own NBA uniform in the shower in between road games.
The NBA legend brought up the hilarious anecdote in the presence of Greg Gumbel, Clark Kellogg and Kenny ‘The Jet’ Smith on CBS Sports’ NCAA March Madness Tournament coverage on Friday.
The 60-year-old, who also appears on TNT’s NBA gameshow twice a week, played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets during his 16 years in the league between 1984 and 2000 – a completely different era of basketball, according to the man himself.
‘Shout-out to all the trainers, and the guys who do all the uniforms,’ Barkley said. ‘To get these uniforms cleaned up and everything – I’m so old, we used to take a shower in our uniforms.’
Kenny ‘The Jet’ Smith chipped in: ‘Time out. There’s no era where you did this. You’re making this up.
Charles Barkley, 60, claimed that he washed his uniforms after games during his playing days
‘Chuck’ played for the 76ers, Suns & Rockets between 1984 and 2000, winning an MVP award
‘There’s no way that you were supposed to wash your uniform. You’re making this up. No one in their right mind has ever done that.’
‘Sir Charles’, though, was adamant about his story being true.
‘When I first go to the NBA, we flew commercial,’ said Barkley, who was drafted by the 76ers as the fifth overall pick of the 1984 draft.
‘So when you played the night before, and flew the next morning, when was you exactly going to get your uniform clean? You had to wash your uniform yourself.
‘So, after the game, when you got to your room, you took a shower in your uniform and dried it and dropped it on the commercial plane the next day.’
Clark Kellogg interrupted, pointing out to ‘Chuck’ that ‘you can clean your uniform without showering in it.’
Smith agreed with his broadcasting colleague, telling Barkley that ‘you don’t need to have it on’ to wash it.
However, the latter, also known as ‘the Round Mound of Rebound’, persevered with his tale.
‘No, but it’s easier to do it that way,’ he explained.
In today’s NBA, there usually are several jerseys in a team’s locker room in case it rips or if a player gives it away, but all jerseys are washed.
There are even blank jerseys in case of a last minute signing, usually on the day of the league’s trade deadline.