Seriously. This guy is awesome.
I saw his 5 Good Minutes section with the PTI guys yesterday and he cracked me up at least 3 or 4 times. Chuck is intelligent, eloquent, and insightful. But what is probably my favorite thing about him is that he is just not afraid.
He was a 6'5" Center/Power Forward for 16 years in the NBA and was recently included in the Top 50 of All Time list. He dominated because of his very aggressive style of play, which you can see demonstrated here.
Unfortunately Charles is done playing basketball but he is clearly not done being awesome. He has written several books and although I haven't read them nor have any of them have received critical acclaim, you should at least think about it. He even has a TV show on the Golf Channel now where famed instructor Hank Haney tries to fix his notorious awful swing.
Charles has openly spoken about running for office and even Governor of Alabama for several year and I for one hope that he succeeds. With quotes like this how can you not root for him?
"I've got to get people to realize that the government is full of it. Republicans and Democrats want to argue over stuff that's not important, like gay marriage or the war in Iraq or illegal immigration... When I run — if I run — we're going to talk about real issues like improving our schools, cleaning up our neighborhoods of drugs and crime and making Alabama a better place for all people."
The Round Mound of Rebound is very clearly a family man. What I would like to see are regular guest appearances on PTI. He and Wilbon are good friends or at least close and his particular views mesh wonderfully with that show. If not that maybe we can get him his own show. Jim Rome's show has to be cancelled soon, right?