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Charles Barkley tells story of how aborted Lakers trade morphed into drunken 76ers game

While Charles Barkley was in typically hilarious form during his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday night, his story about nearly being traded from the 76ers to the Lakers was the highlight of the segment.

Barkley could not remember the exact year, somewhere in the late 1980s if memory serves, when he was told by his agent he was on his way to Los Angeles.

I get a call from my agent one morning, and he says, ‘I think we’ve got a deal, you’re going to the Lakers,’ Barkley recounted to Kimmel. �� I was so excited, so me and my boys went out to celebrate. We started getting drunk in the middle of the day.

The former hoopster is a gambler, as most of us are aware, and he told Kimmel, I had a great day when the Eagles, his favorite NFL team, beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Give me a range. Did you bet enough to buy a condo, or what are we talking about here?, Kimmel asked.

In what city or state?, Barkley responded. In Alabama, it would have bought a big condo. In L.A., a small guest house.

Drinking and gambling, sure; but Barkley doesn’t indulge in marijuana, he said.

I don’t understand the fascination with pot, Barkley told Kimmel. I’ve smoked pot five times in my life at the most, and all it made me want to do is eat potato chips.

Many expect the Lakers roster to be overhauled this summer.

There will be several big-name free agents potentially available, but Kobe Bryant doesn’t believe the Lakers should spend much energy trying to lure players to Los Angeles.

You know, the thing about this franchise is that you shouldn’t need recruiting to come in it, Bryant told ESPN during an interview with former NBA player Jalen Rose. It takes a special person to want to play for this franchise, and take the pressure that comes along with playing for this franchise. The pressure of following Magic [Johnson]’s footsteps, myself and the dynasty that we’ve had, it takes a special person to do that.

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