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Charles Barkley cracks joke about svelte 76ers statue at unveiling

The Philadelphia 76ers officially unveiled its Charles Barkley statue on Legends Walk outside the team’s practice facility on Friday. At the ceremony, the NBA legend famously known as the “Round Mound of Rebound” could not help but joke about how surprisingly svelte he’s portrayed.

Barkley’s statue joins 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.

A clearly impressed Barkley marveled at the statue tribute after pulling off the draped sheet. He could not help but point out, though, that the statue is complementary in how he is depicted.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever been that skinny,” Barkley quipped.

Regardless of whether or not the statue is flattering to Barkley’s always-burly build, there’s no doubt he’s as deserving of such an honor as any player who has ever put on a Sixers uniform.

As noted in the Sixers’ statement a few week back about Barkley’s statue, the Hall of Famer “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 appeared to be quite humbled by the honor, and odds are he’s relieved that he wan’t depicted sitting 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.