Navistar LPGA in Prattville: Interview with Charles Barkley

Former NBA star discusses golf, basketball, and politics

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Charles Barkley prepares to tee off at the Pro-Am on Wednesday - Photo by Marc Parker

Charles Barkley prepares to tee off at the Pro-Am on Wednesday - Photo by Marc Parker

Prattville – Described as having one of the most unique swings in golf, former basketball player and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley discussed the origin of his technique during an interview Wednesday morning with the Navistar LPGA media.

“Well, you know, to be honest with you, I’m not sure how it came about,” Barkley said. “I understand, you know, it is unique. I don’t know how it came about or how it happened. It’s been very frustrating trying to fix it.”

“But, like, the only problem I got in my life is I suck at golf.”

Barkley has not played the game in several months and was asked if he thought the layoff might hurt his performance.

“I don’t think anything can hurt my game,” Barkley said. He then added that he had not seen the course.

“All golf courses are the same,” said Barkley chuckling. “They get fairways and greens. It’s not the arrow. It’s the engine.”

The subject of basketball was brought up and Barkley named the five teams that he thought could win the championship.

“The Lakers are the team to beat, and San Antonio in the west. In the east you got Cleveland, Boston, and Orlando. Those are the only teams that have a chance to win the championship.”

Barkley then explained his political position and the problems that, in his opinion, are facing the state of Alabama now.

“I think the problem with politics now is they’ve all sold their souls. They’ve sold their souls to special interest groups. I don’t want to do that.”

“Alabama is #48. We got one of the worst public school systems in the country. We’re #1 in diabetes, stroke, and hypertension. We either got to raise property taxes or we got to bring some form of the lottery in here.”

When asked if he favored casino gambling, the former sports star replied that he was not a big casino gambler.

“Casinos make 80 percent of their money from slot machines,” explained Barkley. “There’s like 100 slot machines for every gaming table for a reason. That’s guaranteed income.”

“So, I’m not a big proponent of adding more casinos. I definitely think Power Ball, Mega Millions, things like that – people have a choice if they want to play it or not, but that money goes to the public school system.”

Barkley teed off at about noon on Wednesday in the 2nd wave of the Navistar LPGA Classic Official Pro-Am, with teammates David Graham, Scott Manchester, Wayne Harris, and women’s golf professional Kris Tschetter.

Article by Melissa Parker

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