Watch: Charles Barkley addresses Auburn players ahead of Final Four
Former Auburn star Charles Barkley was invited into the team’s locker room ahead of their Final Four game against Virginia to impart some wisdom on the team.
This is Auburn’s first Final Four in program history, a goal they failed to achieve during Barkley’s time playing there. He notes it during his speech, reminding everyone that he has never won a championship, and this year’s group has the opportunity to do what he couldn’t.
“My number’s retired at Auburn, my number’s retired in Philadelphia, my number’s retired with the Phoenix Suns. But I never won a championship. I have to live with that forever. You guys gotta chance to do that.”
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) April 6, 2019
Barkley’s lack of titles, which he’s been trolled over, is no secret. It’s interesting that he draws upon it here, but it makes his message more poignant and meaningful.