Television: It's Charles In Charge

Barkley's wit makes Inside the NBA must-see TV

The TNT control room in Atlanta has 20 TV monitors, enough to follow an entire evening's worth of NBA action. On the giant center monitor, Michael Jordan's Washington Wizards are struggling against the Boston Celtics in TNT's featured Wednesday night game. Charles Barkley, one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history and an analyst for TNT's Inside the NBA half-time and postgame shows, sits by a corner monitor, mesmerized by the action--The West Wing action on NBC. "Prepare for my work?" he snarls, interrupted during a critical presidential plot point. "Hell, I played 16 years. I can tell you who...

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