Upon being drafted into the NBA, prospects are immediately shot to fame and fortune. We've all heard stories from respected stars and Hall of Famers and their bad spending habits: from blowing almost a million dollars in a single day to the darker side of getting conned by someone you trusted.
NBA legend Charles Barkley, not surprisingly, has a story of the same kind from his first few years in the NBA. Like most NBA players, Barkley had an agent who managed his money. In a 2015 interview, he recalled that his agent would give him $15,000 a month from his salary. The rest would be invested. Little did Barkley know that this process would leave him broke in a few years.
"Your agent got your paycheck, he gave you an allowance, and he 'invested' the rest of your money. I was getting $15,000 a month allowance just to have fun with and I'm a 21-year old kid. You can't give me [that money]. I think I was given $15,000 allowance. That came at the first of every month and man I didn't care. He said, 'I'm investing the rest.' I'm like, 'OK.' And after four years, I was broke, hadn't paid taxes. Like I said, I don't want to mention his name -- Lance Luchnick," Barkley said, The Dan Patrick Show.
We all know Barkley as the most honest man in the world. He won't hesitate to say something he fully believes in, even if it will spark controversy. The former Sixers star revealed what he would do if he saw his former agent and had a gun on him.
Patrick: "You don't mean that you would shoot him."
Barkley: "If I carried a gun, I would."
Barkley: "I probably won't have a gun when I see him, but I'd probably beat his ass down like a dog
These are interesting comments from Chuck. As mentioned, every word he utters comes straight from the heart. But at the same time, he also knows his limits. The agent would probably receive a beat down from Chuck — that is only if he was still a player in good shape. Nowadays, Chuck is at peace with a box of donuts on his lap. Even if the former agent passes right in front of him, Chuck probably will not do anything.