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Barkley Hints At Retirement In 2023

Charles Barkley sat down with John Ourand of Sports Business Journal this week to discuss his future with TNT as the Turner Sports brand is absorbed into the newly-formed Warner Media.

In the past, Barkley had hinted at retiring at the end of 2020 despite signing a deal that runs through 2024 back in 2015. Now though, it appears Barkley’s plans have changed.

“I’m not going to work forever. I can promise you that,” The Round Mound of Rebound told Ourand. “My goal is to try to make it to 60. I turned 56 a couple of weeks ago. I think 60 is a nice round number.”

That would put a potential retirement for Barkley at 2023. At that point he would have been a part of TNT’s Inside the NBA for 23 years. Barkley says retiring at 60 would give him plenty of time to enjoy life without the hassle of a job.

Ourand pointed out that being an NBA analyst doesn’t seem like work for Barkley. When the writer pointed out that Barkley appeared to really love his job and that might keep him on the TNT set a little longer than he currently plans, Barkley shot back “You can’t work until the day you die. Stop it.”

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