Charles Barkley has been all over the world playing and covering basketball and once even arrived at a game via horseback. But, until Thursday, the 50-year-old Alabaman had never ventured into the New York City subway system.
Barkley decided to take the underground train from Manhattan to Brooklyn on his way to lend his colorful commentary to the nationally televised game between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets Thursday night. Accompanied by Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch and an NYPD cop, Barkley's entire commute was chronicled by the SI scribe in a must-read piece for those who love the Round Mound of Rebound.
Upon entering the Spring Street station, Barkley jokes, "If you never see me again tell my family I love them."
Nothing to worry about Charles, this is Bloomberg's New York.
Later, when asked by a fellow straphanger, "Who's gonna win, Brooklyn or the Knicks?" Barkley broke up his captive audience with, "It don't matter."
Suffice it to say, the former NBA star turned the E train into his own version of the Barkley's Center.