Former NBA star and popular basketball broadcaster Charles Barkley, who has been an NBA analyst with TNT for 13 years, may be ready to end his television run, reports the New York Post. Barkley gave an interview with SI.com and revealed that while he has four years on his current contract, he’s spent.
"I love my job. I love the people I work with. And I’m going to try to do things to keep me engaged,” Barkley said. “But I have four years left on my current deal and to be honest with you, it’s going to be a struggle for me to make it for the whole four years. I really don’t know how much longer I’m going to do this. I need something more, or something else to do, to be honest with you.”
Barkley has indicated that he has aspirations beyond basketball. He played in the NBA for 16 years before becoming a basketball broadcaster. One area of interest to him is politics; he hinted at a run for governor of Alabama.
Barkley told SI.com, "When I got to my fifth year of broadcasting I was like, ‘OK, I’ll do this a couple of more years.’ But now I’m like, ‘Dude, you have been doing this for 13 years and if I make it to the end of the contract it will be 17 years.’ Seventeen years is a long time. It’s a lifetime in broadcasting. I personally have to figure out the next challenge for me."