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NBA Bombshell: Charles Barkley Says He’s Retiring After Next Season

US basketball player Charles Barkley arrives for the 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by LISA O'CONNOR / AFP) (Photo credit should read LISA O'CONNOR/AFP via Getty Images)

Charles Barkley has cleared the air on his NBA media future — and he won’t be on the airwaves for much longer.

Barkley announced on NBA TV on Friday night after Game 4 of the Finals that the 2024-25 season will be his last on television.

Amid TNT’s uncertainty over whether it will carry NBA games past next season, Barkley said he will not be leaving the network but will instead retire from TV altogether.

“I have made the decision myself — no matter what happens — next year is going to be my last year on television,” Barkley said after adding that other networks have approached him.

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Barkley, a Basketball Hall of Fame player, has become an icon as a media member over the last two decades thanks to his work as an analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” which is generally lauded as one of the best studio shows in sports.

After he retired as a player in 2000, he quickly became an “NBA on TNT” personality known for his humorous approach to talking about the sport.

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