Charles Barkley about winning the NBA with the Rockets: “I wouldn’t even have considered it a championship.”
After 12 years with the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns, NBA legend Charles Barkley joined the Houston Rockets in 1996. There he teamed up with two future Hall of Famers, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. It was Barkley’s last attempt to win a championship.
Houston reached the Western Conference final in Sir Charles’ first season with the Rockets, but was defeated by Utah Jazz. Barkley retired in 2000 without a single NBA ring. But if he had won a championship with the Rockets, it wouldn’t have counted.
“I wouldn’t even have considered that a championship,” Barkley said Zach Lowe’s “The Lowe Post” about Jason Owens of Yahoo Sports. “I’m not going to lie. Me and Karl Malone. If he won a championship with the Lakers, it doesn’t count. It doesn’t count.”