Tom Sorensen

Short takes: Why Charles Barkley is among the best talents on TV

Charles Barkley meets citizens of Baltimore to learn about the racial tension in the city.
Charles Barkley meets citizens of Baltimore to learn about the racial tension in the city.

Charles Barkley is as good a talent as you’ll find in TV sports. As funny as he is on TNT/NBA telecasts, he’s not a clown. He knows the NBA and is able to impart what he knows.

Barkley also took part in a four-part documentary called “American Race.” It’s a dialogue about race with a variety of people from a variety of constituencies. You know what I like about Barkley’s work? He doesn’t purport to know all the answers. At times he looks awkward. He’s willing to. These aren’t easy conversations. But Barkley pursues them anyway….

▪  Couldn’t find a place to park at Harris-Teeter Monday because people left carts in two parking spaces. It could have been one person, but if somebody is too lazy to return a cart he or she is too lazy to take out two. If I owned the world, there would mandatory jail time for failing to return a cart. I know. When carts are outlawed, only outlaws will have carts. ...

▪  Game 7 of the Boston Celtics-Washington Wizards game was dramatic and entertaining. The beauty of a seven-game series is that an unlikely star will emerge. In this one it was Kelly Olynyk, whose name I can now spell without looking it up. Buy a vowel, no. Hit an outside shot, yes.

The Dallas Mavericks took him out of Gonzaga with the 13th pick in the 2011 NBA draft and traded him to Boston. Odd draft. Anthony Bennett went No. 1 to Cleveland. Cody Zeller went fourth to the Hornets. The pick everybody missed was Giannis Antetokounmpo, who went 13th to Milwaukee.

Yes, I still have to look up his name to have even a shot at spelling it correctly. But he’s worth the effort.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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