I ask Charles how much better he would’ve been had he dedicated himself to conditioning like Malone. (In Dream Team Clyde Drexler gives a fascinating answer to that question.)â†µ
"I always laugh when I hear that," says Charles. "There are four guys who got 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists. So I’m saying, ‘What the fuck else could I have done if only four guys did the shit I did?’ Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem and me."â†µ
That's maybe the best answer to any sort of "legacy" question, ever. And the rest of Barkley's sitdown with Jack McCallum is just as good, including his thoughts on broadcasting, Karl Malone, and the legal limit in Phoenix. Check it out.