TNT announced earlier today that Charles Barkley will rejoin the award-winning Inside the NBA following the All-Star break.
Barkley was arrested for DUI on Dec. 31, 2008 in Scottsdale Arizona. He took a leave of absence from TNT shortly after the incident and has kept a low profile in recent weeks.
Mike Fratello, Chris Webber, Karl Malone, and Gary Payton filled Barkley’s large chair in the studio during his absence.
As an avid viewer of Inside the NBA, I look forward to the return of Sir Charles on February 19th. With the exception of the annoying and supremely idiotic Gary Payton, Barkley’s replacements were adequate and gave the studio show an improved focus.
But Barkley’s personality was sorely missed. He is stubborn, opinionated, and not overly intelligent.
The same qualities that make him oddly endearing in the studio have hindered him throughout his life, both on the court and after he retired from the NBA.
I hope that Barkley learned his lesson this time. I look forward to hearing what, if anything, he has to say about his latest mistake when he returns to TNT next Thursday.