Charles Barkley Tried To Illegally Recruit Dirk Nowitzki To Auburn
Charles Barkley certainly provides entertainment value. In this latest video captured by Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, Barkley tells the story of the time that he tried to recruit Nowitzki to play for Auburn University. Of course, this potential recruitment would have been littered with violations.
After witnessing young Dirk drop 52 points on Scottie Pippen (who, at that time, was considered the best lockdown defender in the world) during an exhibition game in Germany, Chuck approached the baby 7-footer and asked him, simply, who the hell he was. Then, Charles began the full-court (and completely against-the-rules) process of recruiting him to Auburn, apparently getting Nike involved and promising Dirk “anything he wanted” if he went to Barkley’s alma mater. Alas, Dirk in Navy Blue and Burnt Orange was not to be, and the next year, he’d be drafted by Milwaukee (and summarily traded to Dallas). The rest is history.
That sums it up a lot better than I could. There is no possible way that Charles Barkley was going to be able to convince Dirk to go to the south unless he offered him something no other place could. To do that, you have to be willing to break the rules. That is the world of college athletics. Do whatever you can to get ahead, no matter the cost.
This is why Barkley is so great. He simply does not care what people think and he is willing to say or do anything on his mind. Long live Sir Charles.