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Sixers to honor Charles Barkley with statue outside practice facility

Charles Barkley is among the most iconic players who ever donned a Philadelphia 76ers uniform, and “The Round Mound of Rebound” will receive quite the honor from the organization next week.

The Sixers announced Thursday that the organization will unveil a statue of Barkley on Legends Walk outside the team’s practice facility to pay tribute to “one of the most beloved athletes ever to play in Philadelphia.”

The official unveiling will be held on Sept. 13, according to a report from Kyle Neubeck of the Philly Voice.

As noted in the Sixers’ statement on Barkley’s statue, the NBA legend “ranks in the top-10 in franchise history in offensive rebounds (first), defensive rebounds (first), field-goal percentage (second), total rebounds (third), free throws (fourth), steals (fifth), points (fifth), field goals (sixth) and minutes played (eighth).”

Barkley’s statue will join those of Billy Cunningham, Wilt Chamberlain, Maurice Cheeks, Julius Erving, Hal Greer and Bobby Jones outside 76ers Legends Walk at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex.

It will be interesting to see how Barkley’s statue will look. Given its placement outside the Sixers’ practice facility, the hope is the team won’t depict Sir Charles on a stationary bike chowing down on McDonald’s, which he allegedly did on at least one occasion during his playing days with the Sixers.