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Round Mound of Rebound

Sir Charles Barkley has always been a polarizing figure.

Throughout his playing days, and into his broadcasting days, Barkley has never been one to bite his tongue.  Love him or hate him, Barkley consistently speaks his mind in a straightforward fashion.

As I was fumbling through YouTube for a few moments, I came across some NBA Playoff videos that naturally caught my eye.

There was a Game 4 post-game recap, which included Sir Charles. He and his co-hosts were discussing Game 5 of the Finals.

While going back and forth about the game, Sir Charles decided to reveal a particularly personal plan for the summer on national TV.

Once the co-hosts gave him the opportunity to speak uninterrupted, Barkley let them know that he was planning to go to a 'Fat Farm'.

Clearly, an unscripted addition to the show, the co-hosts were tentative to engage in the conversation.  Given the sensitivity surrounding the topic, the reluctance was evident and Barkley assured them that he was serious about this endeavor.

Barkley then went on to detail how he views his physical appearance, and his intentions while attending the program.  He discussed areas where he felt that he had slipped up, acknowledged that he was ready for a change, and wanted to take the necessary steps to achieve them.

Now, I am not sure if he will be missing the rest of the NBA Playoffs, but it is to my understanding that he may be.  Either way, it is always refreshing to see someone take an opportunity on such a large stage to be vulnerable and honest.

Each person has an opportunity to alter their lives, if they see a need to.   An important element to making any change is accepting the state you are currently in.  Everyone will have opinions, but ultimately if you are unhappy, that is the priority.

I'm not here to tell anyone how to live their lives, as I will never hold that power...

I just believe that Barkley's raw conversation regarding himself will do more good then bad. The honest discourse will help others feel more comfortable to make any necessary adjustments in their own daily activities.

I can't say that I am surprised by an unfiltered comment by the Round Mound of Rebound, Sir Charles Barkley...but there is something about these 2 minutes of transparent reality TV that will impact more than just Barkley.

Although he may not have been a role model in the early 1990's Nike commercial, it is safe to say that Sir Charles may have opened the door as a role model for others who have experienced similar revelations.

Until next time,

Long Live The People 

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