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Kevin Ware received phone calls from Dwight Howard and Charles Barkley

Luke-Hancock-Kevin-WareLouisville guard Kevin Ware has begun his road to recovery in the wake of suffering one of the most gruesome injuries you will ever see in sports. The sophomore is a long way away from playing basketball again, but he has undergone successful surgery and already begun moving around on crutches. The amazing amount of support he has received has undoubtedly helped accelerate the process.

Ware told the Courier-Journal that he received phone calls in the hospital from Dwight Howard and Charles Barkley, who lent words of encouragement. He also got a visit from NCAA President Mark Emmert and browsed through hundreds of tweets from pro athletes like Michael Bush, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo.

“I’ve never had this much support in my life,” Ware said. “Like, I’m just so grateful for it, you know?”

Ware said that just being able to move around — even if it is with his leg in a cast and on crutches — brought his spirits up. After his body went into shock when he saw his bone sticking through his skin, he said the only thing on his mind was making sure his teammates won the game.

“And that made me just go into Kevin mode,” he explained. “I just told Luke (Hancock), ‘I’m good. Just win this game.’ I just kept repeating that. I got louder and louder, and Russ was there and I’m pulling their jerseys, trying to get in their face like, ‘Y’all got to win this game.’ When they took me off the court, I heard so many cheers, and I’m like ‘When I’m out of surgery, there’s gonna be some good news.’”

There was indeed very good news, as Louisville dominated Duke to advance to the Final Four. Ware said he didn’t remember his teammates putting the  Midwest Regional trophy in his hospital bed with him because he was so heavily medicated after surgery. However, the memories came back the next morning when the trophy was still sitting next to him.

Assuming his leg does not become infected, Ware should be released from the hospital on Tuesday and there’s a good chance he’ll be able to join his teammates in Atlanta. Having him on the sidelines could give the Cardinals a shot in the arm that they may not even need.

Charles Barkley defends Doug Gottlieb after ‘white man’s perspective’ comment (Video)

Doug-GottliebDoug Gottlieb tried to make a joke during CBS’ broadcast of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night, and he ended up hearing nothing but crickets and Twitter outrage. If he could do it over, I’m sure Gottlieb would take back his comment about bringing the “white man’s perspective” to CBS’ panel of tournament analysts. He later apologized.

“It was not a smart thing to say and I apologize,” Gottlieb said according to the Associated Press.

However, Charles Barkley was not offended. After catching wind of the way Gottlieb was being torn apart on Twitter and other social media sites, Barkley decided to take a few moments to defend his colleague later in the broadcast.

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CBS closed captioning thought Charles Barkley had ‘turrible’ analysis

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This is so splendid on so many levels. I would love to meet the person behind this closed caption on CBS just to shake their hand and applaud them for their incredible accuracy in transcribing analyst Charles Barkley’s words.

via Timothy Burke at Deadspin

Charles Barkley went on eating binge to discourage 76ers from drafting him

Charles BarkleyCharles Barkley turns 50 on Wednesday, and his eventful life was celebrated in a program aired by TNT. The special, “Sir Charles at 50,” was funny and insightful, and it contained many stories Barkley shared about his life.

One of the best and lesser-known stories Barkley shared was about the time he went on a massive eating binge before the 1984 NBA Draft to discourage the Philadelphia 76ers from selecting him.

“The 76ers bring me in a month before the draft,” Barkley recalled to interviewer Ernie Johnson, “and I weigh 300 pounds.

“The Sixers bring me in and say, ‘We want to see how dedicated and motivated you are. We want to see you lose 10 pounds in the next month and get to 290.’”

Johnson asked if Barkley thought that would be easy, and he said, “Oh yeah, I thought it was easy.

“So I go down to Texas with my agent and play. I actually get down to about 285. Philadelphia wants me to stop [by] on my way to New York the day before the draft. I’m about 285 at this point. My agent says to me — and remember, they had a hard salary cap back then, ‘Well, I think the Sixers might draft you, but the only problem is you’re going to have to sign a one-year deal for $75,000.’ I said, ‘Dude, I didn’t leave college for a one-year deal for $75,000.’ He said, ‘The Sixers are over the cap — that’s what they can give you.’ So I said ‘I don’t want the Sixers to draft me.’

“So that night, we went out. I had two big ol’ steaks. Big plate of french fries. Ate like a whole cake. Got up the next morning, went to like IHOP, ate like 10 pancakes, a pound of bacon. Fly to Philadelphia, get on the scale, I’m 302.

“(Former 76ers owner) Harold Katz says, ‘Are you kidding me? Not only did you not lose the 10 pounds, you gained like five pounds!” said Barkley.

The Sixers ended up selecting Barkley anyway, and they cut a few players in order to give him a more suitable contract. He played eight seasons for the team, made six All-Star games while he was with them, and he went on to have a Hall of Fame career, despite his best efforts to eat his way out of Philly.

So by Sir Charles’ math, he gained about 17 pounds in less than 24 hours. I didn’t even know that was possible.

Charles Barkley stored Vaseline in his belly button while he played

Charles Barkley eyebrowsCharles Barkley has been mocked on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” for many of his personal hygienic and grooming habits. The crew teased him recently for getting his eyebrows waxed. Barkley was not embarrassed; he even boasted about getting manicures and pedicures. But things may have gone a little too far on Friday.

During halftime of the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge in Houston, Hall of Famer Karl Malone revealed on TNT that Chuck used to store Vaseline in his naval while he played.

“He had the shiniest lips I ever seen on a human being, male or female,” Malone said.

Barkley defended himself, “Ain’t nothing worse than a black man with big crusty lips.”

Barkley said he used the Vaseline to prevent chapped lips, and that many other people with large lips could relate to him.

“American’s on my side with this one,” Barkley responded.

Gross image of Barkley’s belly button below:

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Charles Barkley pokes fun at Alabama football for arrests (Video)

Charles-Barkley-muggedAs you probably know, Charles Barkley went to Auburn. Like most other Tigers, he is not very fond of Alabama. Barkley is also one of the most outspoken television analysts in sports, which is why it comes as no surprise that he wore a bandage and put fake blood on his head on the set of TNT’s “Inside the NBA” Thursday night to poke fun at the recent Alabama player arrests.

“Ernie, you’re not gonna believe this,” Barkley said to co-host Ernie Johnson. “Being the Auburn guy that I am, I wanted to be first class. I went down to the University of Alabama to congratulate the Crimson Tide on winning a BCS Championship and I got mugged. I got mugged in Tuscaloosa, Ernie, and my credit cards are missing.”

Barkley was then told to “leave the kids alone” by his colleagues.

“Oh it’s my fault they buggin’ people?” he replied.

While the charade was simply Chuck being Chuck, the incident hardly seems like a laughing matter. As the student who was reportedly “badly beaten” by four Bama players told The Crimson White, the mugging was allegedly violent and excessive. Nevertheless, we don’t expect Charles to be able to resist.

Hey, it’s probably not the worst thing he’s said since becoming an analyst.

Charles Barkley questions Dwight Howard’s toughness; says he should have told Kobe Bryant to ‘shut the hell up’ (Audio)

Dwight-Howard-Kobe-Bryant-LakersIf you want an honest opinion on any topic, just ask Charles Barkley. He may annoy people by being such a loudmouth, but Barkley’s lack of a filter when it comes to any subject makes him entertaining. Dwight Howard is his latest victim.

During an interview with “The Dan Patrick Show” on Monday, Barkley questioned Howard’s mental toughness in the wake of his shoulder injury.

“I’ve always been a big Dwight Howard fan,” Barkley said. “This year he’s disappointed me. Not from the fact that he hasn’t played well, but just how his mental toughness (has been). I’ve always thought he was a franchise player. I’m starting to wonder, because the one thing you have to do as a franchise player is you have to be tough. There’s an enormous amount of responsibility. You have to take all the good with the bad. You don’t get to whine and complain. You just have to go out there and take it.”

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