Charles Barkley was one of those unlucky superstars that never won an NBA championship. Even though there were a few seasons when fans thought he is equally as good as his rival Michael Jordan, Barkley made it to the NBA finals only once and lost to Jordan in a six-game series.
Alongside with Barkley, numerous superstars never won a championship like Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, John Stockton, and many others. Some of these players don’t get their respect they deserve because they never won a championship even though all of them were dominant players in their respective eras.
Even during his playing days back in the 90s, Charles Barkley was often criticized because his career was coming to an end, and he never again made it to the finals. In an interview from the ’90s, Charles Barkley said the NBA championship is not the essential thing in the world and in his style, described how he feels about the whole topic.
“I was sitting in my room quiet the other night because they were doing the “The Special” on me, Karl Malone and Patrick Ewing, about how our lives are so miserable and incomplete because we never won a championship. If you tell people, it’s not the most important thing they say you are defensive, and you’re lying. I love that everybody tells me what I’m thinking and what I’m feeling. I just want everybody out there knows I’m going to b alright if we don’t win a championship. I’m not going to become like a mass murderer. I’m not going to cut my wrists; I’m not gonna jump off a building in downtown Houston. I think me, Karl Malone and Patrick Ewing will be fine.”