Charles Barkley

Inside the NBA is the funniest and most entertaining basketball show.  Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal are quite the group but they may lose a very important member.

Shay Marie

via Sporting News.

Finally, Barkley said his time as a broadcaster for TNT is nearing an end. He has two years on his contract, and said that the lucrative new deal the NBA signed with TNT (and ESPN) won’t affect his decision to walk away. He did mention that he might change course and stay for an even 20 years, and also expressed an interest in taking a general manager’s job.

“I love my job, I love the people I work with,” Barkley said. “My big decision is, I’ve got two years left on my deal. That’ll be 17 years. That’s a long time to do a job. I would rather leave too early than stay too long. And 17 years is a long time. I told Ernie when I took the job, I was only going to be here four years. Now 15 years later, I’m still here. I’m leaning heavily toward it, toward finishing my two years and leaving on a good note.”

The show just won’t be the same without the outspoken and comedic Charles Barkley.  It’s been known for a while though that he wants to be an NBA GM but I don’t think that would work out well.  I wish they could stay on but I do understand wanting to do something different after such a long time.