Enjoy Charles Barkley on television while we have him, because it doesn’t sound like that will be the case for much longer.
Barkley, 58, is among the best talents working on television. The former NBA star turned Turner Sports analyst is typically must-watch television when he’s on.
But the NBA Hall of Famer doesn’t plan on working forever.
“I’m trying to hang on for another couple years until I’m 60,” Barkley said, per Awful Announcing. “And then they can kiss my ass. I’m only working ’til 60. I’ve already told ’em that. I’m not working until the day I die; that’s just stupid. And if I don’t have enough money by now, I’m an idiot anyway so they should fire me.”
This is not the first time Barkley has made the retire-at-60 claim. He told the Sports Business Journal back in 2019 that he wanted to stop at 60:
“I think about it every year,” Barkley said. “I’m not going to work forever. I can promise you that. 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.”
…“At some point, you’re going to be too old to have fun and enjoy life,” he said. “I don’t think you can say, let me just work my butt off, and then when I turn 70, enjoy life. I don’t think you’ve got a lot of [stuff] left after you turn 70.”
…Barkley pushed back when I pointed out that it seems obvious that he loves his job, and working as an analyst on “Inside the NBA” hardly appears to be taxing.
“You can’t work until the day you die. Stop it.”
That’s certainly a reasonable decision from Barkley. Why keep working if you don’t have to?
Barkley will definitely be missed when he does step away, though.