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  • >> Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY, WELCOME BACK!

  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, FOLKS, MY FIRST GUEST TONIGHT IS AN N.B.A.

  • HALL OF FAMER, AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST, AND A STUDIO ANALYST

  • ON "INSIDE THE N.B.A."

  • HE WILL BE COVERING "MARCH MADNESS" RIGHT HERE ON CBS AND

  • TURNER.

  • PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO "THE LATE SHOW," MR. CHARLES BARKLEY!

  • ♪ ♪ ♪ ( APPLAUSE )

  • ( CHEERS ).

  • >> Stephen: WHEN A HIT?

  • THERE YOU GO.

  • JUST IN CASE.

  • YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE I'VE BEEN.

  • >> HEY.

  • >> Stephen: YUP.

  • OKAY, LET'S TALK CORONAVIRUS FOR JUST A SECOND BEFORE WE TALK

  • SPORTS.

  • >> SURE.

  • >> Stephen: HOW IS THAT AFFECTING YOUR LIFE?

  • >> NOT AT ALL.

  • >> Stephen: IT'S NOT?

  • >> NO YOU.

  • >> Stephen: DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE GERMS, ABOUT THE

  • VIRUSES, OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT?

  • >> I MEAN, I HOPE-- UNFORTUNATELY SOME PEOPLE HAVE

  • PASSED AWAY AND SOME PEOPLE ARE SICK BUT YOU CAN'T STOP LIVING

  • YOUR LIFE YOU KNOW.

  • ( APPLAUSE ).

  • >> Stephen: POSITIVE ATTITUDE.

  • >> NO, WELL, IT'S LIKE, THIS DEBATE WHERE WE DON'T LET FANS

  • COME TO GAMES.

  • I'M LIKE, OKAY, IF THEY DON'T COME TO GAMES, ARE THEY NOT

  • GOING TO LIVE THEIR LIVES?

  • ARE THEY NOT GOING TO GO TO WORK?

  • ARE THEY NOT GOING TO GO OUT AND HAVE DINNER AND THINGS LIKE

  • THAT?

  • YOU CAN'T STOP LIVING.

  • JUST NOT COMING TO A BASKETBALL GAME, I DON'T THINK THAT'S GOING

  • TO SOLVE ALL THE ISSUES.

  • >> Stephen: AS A PLAYER, HOW IMPORTANT WAS IT FOR YOU TO HAVE

  • THAT ENERGY OF THE FANS?

  • HOW MUCH DID THAT AFFECT YOUR PLAY, A REAL, LIVE CROWD?

  • >> IT AFFECTS YOU A LOT.

  • IT GIVES YOU A GREAT ENERGY BOOST.

  • SOMETIMES YOU'RE TIRED WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING THREE GAMES--

  • FOUR GAMES IN FIVE NIGHTS OR YOU'RE JUST PHYSICALLY OR

  • MENTALLY EXHAUSTED.

  • THE CROWD IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

  • IT WOULDN'T BE GOOD FOR THE GAME NOT TO HAVE FANS.

  • THEY'RE AN INTRICATE PART OF THE PROCESS.

  • >> Stephen: LeBRON JAMES SAYS HE'S NOT GOING TO PLAY IF

  • THERE ARE NO FANS OUT THERE.

  • >> ONCE HE MISSES ONE OF THOSE CHECKS, HE MIGHT CHANGE HIS

  • MIND.

  • ( APPLAUSE ).

  • >> Stephen: HE MIGHT IN THE MAKE RENT.

  • >> I'M PRETTY SURE LeBRON MAKES ABOUT $2 MILLION A WEEK,

  • EVERY TWO WEEKS.

  • I THINK ONCE HE MISSES A COUPLE OF CHECKS, HE'LL BE BACK OUT

  • THERE.

  • ( LAUGHTER ) YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: YOU WILL BE COVERING "MARCH MADNESS."

  • >> YES.

  • >> Stephen: IT STARTS ONE WEEK FROM TODAY.

  • ARE WE GOING TO SEE "MARCH MADNESS" WITH NO FANS?

  • THAT'S JUST "MARCH."

  • THAT'S JUST "MARCH SADNESS" MAN.

  • >> IT WOULD BE SAD.

  • >> Stephen: YEAH.

  • >> IT WOULD BE REALLY UNFORTUNATE.

  • LIKE I SAY, IF YOU FEEL BAD, DON'T COME.

  • BUT IT'S SUCH A GREAT EVENT.

  • >> Stephen: YEAH.

  • >> I TELL PEOPLE, I WAS BLESSED TO PLAY IN THE OLYMPICS TWICE.

  • ( APPLAUSE ) YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: WHICH TWO?

  • WHICH TWO?

  • >> '92, '96.

  • >> Stephen: '92, '96.

  • BARCELONA...

  • >> AND ATLANTA.

  • >> Stephen: OKAY, SURE.

  • >> OTHER THAN THE OLYMPICS, "MARCH MADNESS" IS THE GREATEST

  • THING I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED THE LAST FEW YEARS WE HAVE BEEN

  • COVERING "MARCH MADNESS."

  • IT WOULD BE A TRAVESTY IF THE FANS WEREN'T THERE.

  • WAR EAGLE.

  • THAT'S AUBURN.

  • >> Stephen: NEWS FROM THIS PAST WEEKEND-- SPEAKING OF THE

  • OLYMPICS, ACTUALLY.

  • I UNDERSTAND YOU'VE BEEN DOING A LITTLE MARIE CONDOING.

  • YOU'VE BEEN SIMPLIFYING YOUR LIFE IN A FEW WAYS.

  • YOU'RE LOOKING TO SELL SOME THINGS.

  • >> I'M GETTING RID OF ALL THE CRAP TROPHIES I EVER WON.

  • >> Stephen: THEY'RE NOT JUST CRAP TROPHIES.

  • YOU'RE SELLING YOUR M.V.P.SPS TROPHY AND '96 OLYMPIC GOLD

  • MEDAL.

  • >> AND A BUNCH OF OTHER STUFF.

  • I'M FROM A SMALL TOWN IN ALABAMA CALLED LEADS, AND IT'S A REALLY

  • SMALL TOWN.

  • WE NEED SOME NEW HOUSING.

  • PROBABLY 30, TO BE EXACT.

  • AND I'M GOING TO SELL ALL MY-- I'M GOING TO KEEP THE '92 FOR MY

  • DAUGHTER.

  • >> Stephen: THE '92 GOLD MEDAL.

  • >> EVERYTHING ELSE-- I HAVE A BUNCH OF GOOD STUFF I'M GOING TO

  • SELL.

  • MAN, IT'S JUST CLUTTER, YOU KNOW.

  • >> Stephen: THAT'S VERY ENLIGHTENED OF YOU.

  • >> I TELL PEOPLE, WHEN I'M 70 I CAN'T BE SAYING, "HEY, GUYS,

  • COME OVER AND LOOK AT MY TROPHIES."

  • >> Stephen: WHAT ELSE ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

  • >> I'M NOT THAT, YOU KNOW, CRAZY.

  • >> Stephen: WHAT'S SOMETHING OF YOURS-- IS THERE ANYTHING

  • BESIDE THE '92 MED ALL WOULDN'T GIVE AWAY, YOU WOULDN'T SELL?

  • WHAT'S PRECIOUS TO YOU?

  • A FAVORITE PAIR OF SHOES.

  • >> NO, MAN, COME ON.

  • > Stephen: A LAY Z BOY CHAIR.

  • >> I HAVE A CHAIR I WATCH THE SPORTS FROM.

  • >> Stephen: IT TAKES A LOT TO GET TO YOUR BODY SHAPE.

  • >> NOT WITH THIS ASS, IT DOESN'T.

  • >> Stephen: YOUR ASS TAKES CONTROL OF THAT CHAIR, SHOWS

  • WHO'S BOSS.

  • >> GOES RIGHT DOWN AND GETS COMFORTABLE IMMEDIATELY.

  • ( LAUGHTER ).

  • >> Stephen: LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT ANOTHER N.B.A. M.V.P.

  • YOUR FRIEND SHAQUILLE O'NEAL-- >> WE'RE NOT FRIENDS.

  • WE WORK TOGETHER.

  • >> Stephen: GOOD TO KNOW.

  • GOOD TO KNOW.

  • HE LOST A BET TO DWYANE WADE RECENTLY, AND THE-- THE-- THE--

  • THE BET WAS, IF HE LOST THE BET, HE HAD TO LET HIS HAIR GROW OUT,

  • SO WE COULD SEE WHERE HIS PRESENT HAIRLINE IS RIGHT NOW.

  • AND THERE IT IS.

  • WHAT DO YOU MAKE-- WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS?

  • >> THAT MIEBT UGLIEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN.

  • >> Stephen: I HAVE TO ASK YOU THIS.

  • THIS IS-- HERE ARE YOU.

  • THIS IS YOU AT AUBURN RIGHT THERE.

  • >> YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: HERE ARE YOU IN THE 80s WITH YOUR HAIRLINE

  • BACK IN THE DAY.

  • ( APPLAUSE ) LOOKING GOOD.

  • >> MAN.

  • >> Stephen: WHERE WOULD YOUR HAIRLINE BE THESE DAYS?

  • >> I DIDN'T HAVE THAT BAD HAIRLINE LIKE SHAQ.

  • I HAVE A BIG HOLE IN MY HEAD.

  • I DIDN'T HAVE A RECEDING HAIRLINE.

  • I JUST HAD A BIG DONUT IN MY HEAD.

  • >> Stephen: YOU HAD THE MALE PATTERN BACK THERE?

  • >> YES.

  • >> Stephen: WE FIXED YOU UP WITH NEW HAIRLINES TO SEE WHAT

  • YOU LOOKED LIKE IF YOU LET YOUR HAIR GREW OUT.

  • WE CALL THIS "HUGH GRANT FROM WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL."

  • RIGHT THERE.

  • >> THAT'S A HARD NO.

  • THAT'S A HARD NO.

  • >> Stephen: THIS IS THE "I PITY THE FOOL," RIGHT THERE.

  • YEAH.

  • >> NOT BAD.

  • >> Stephen: NOT BAD.

  • WE'LL NAUGHT RIGHT THERE.

  • PUT IT ON THE SIDE.

  • THIS IS THE "I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND."

  • THIS IS THE BEATLES.

  • >> THAT'S A HARD NO.

  • >> Stephen: THAT'S A HARD NO.

  • >> Stephen: AND, OF COURSE, WHO CAN PAZ UP THE FABIO RIGHT

  • THERE.

  • >> I THINK IF YOU TRIM UP THAT A LITTLE BIT, I MIGHT BE GOOD.

  • >> Stephen: SURE, SURE, YEAH.

  • >> I DON'T LIKE HAIR FOR A DUDE WAY BELOW HIS EARS.

  • >> Stephen: OH, OKAY.

  • >> LIKE YOUR CUT IS TIGHT.

  • >> Stephen: OH, IT IS?

  • I WANT THAT ON A CARD.