Saturday, September 09, 2006
Barkley, Dumars, and Wilkins Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame!
Charles Barkley played the comedian Friday during his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. But, behind the scenes, he also sounded a lot like a role model.
He drew laughs by thanking his financial adviser for protecting his money, but threw in a little advise for today's players. "I tell all these young kids, the money you make, save it, put it in the bank. That money has to last you the rest of your lifetime, don't waste it...." "I always tried as hard as I possibly could," Barkley said. "I like seeing that on tape. Today, they want to be stars. They don't want to be great players. We wanted to be great players."(Continue)
"I wasn't concerned about the marquee board," said Dumars, who played his entire 14-year career in Detroit. "That's never mattered to me and I gladly let others step forward and do that. If there was a championship that year, then my whole focus was just that."
"Dunking was just a small part of my game," he said. "Dunking was just an intimidating tool I used. I had a much more rounded game than just dunking. To get 26,000 points, you don't get them all on dunks."
Current players should take heed to Charles Barkley's advice. Hopefully a lot of them are saving money and not just blowing it all. Well, congrats to all three of these guys. I'm sure this means a lot to them.