"The first thing you do when you get that phone call is let out a little scream," Barkley said Monday after the announcement.
Barkley's reaction may bring a wince to two of his new Hall-of-Fame colleagues -- Joe Dumars and Dominique Wilkins, who heard plenty of Barkley's rants on and off the court during the 1980s and 1990s.
The other inductees are Connecticut women's coach Geno Auriemma, Italian coach Sandro Gamba and longtime contributor Dave Gavitt. All six will be inducted in Springfield, Mass., in September.
I'm surprised that Joe D wasn't in there already ... Sir Charles' induction speech should be RICH. I can't wait.
Bob Hill says that Robert "Bacardi" Swift could start the rest of the season with Johan "Cola" Petro out with a broken schnoz. Ouch, it hurt just to type that. Swift/Wilcox haven't played together in a while but I'd really like to see more. I liked that duo when they were coming off the bench a while back and God knows it's time for some ^*($ing revenge against the Rockets to make up for the atrocious egg Seattle laid against them last week.
Rashard Lewis pleads guilty to DUI. He was given a one year suspended sentence. He must also complete 24 hours of community service, two years of probation and pay a $175 fine as well as take an alcohol information class and attending a DUI victims panel. What do you suppose one learns in alcohol information class? Rashard IS expected to play tonight.
Tonight would be a great night to witness Sonic history. First of all, Kevin Calabro will make his 1,500th broadcast for the team. The first 10,000 fans at the Key will receive a Calabro Milestone rally card, color me impressed ... And also from the Times, Ray Allen has 1,716 career three-pointers and needs four more to pass former Sonic Dale Ellis (1,719) for second place on the NBA's all-time list. I could handle seeing Ray pass that milestone tonight.
Fill-ins include Dave Harshman, Jerome Kersey, John MacLeod, Tim McCormick, Chuck Person, Steve Scheffler and, for one preseason game in Europe, NBA Commissioner David Stern.
"Boy, there's been a lot of guys I've worked with," Calabro muses.
How could we ever forget Darrell "KYP" Walker? :D