Charles Barkley’s TNT Debut

By Lang Whitaker,

This video has been around for a few years, but has only recently started drawing attention. During the 1992 Playoffs, Charles Barkley, who was still an active player, came to Atlanta and sat in the Turner Studio for the night alongside Ernie Johnson. Charles making a career out of this would come later, but for a first time the Chuckster was pretty good. A few things to note:

1. Chuck’s voice sounded a bit higher back then. Yelling Chuck apparently came later.
2. Ernie Johnson seems to have a Trapper Keeper full of information on the desk.
3. That set! That music!

VIDEO: Charles Barkley TNT Debut

(via SI)


  1. JM says:

    Chuck looking good back then…..

  2. Unfortunate Knick Fan says:

    Oh how I miss the knicks actually being a tough and respectable team..

    • PIP says:

      Those were the good of days of really basketball, bulls and knicks best matchup of all time. LBJ what?

  3. dustydreamnz says:

    Looks like there’s a power cut.

  4. Spurs4Life says:

    Seeing this now.. Wow.. ’92 seems a very long time ago.. Ej still has his hair!!!

  5. vinsanefan says:

    “Here is the telestrator.” Where is the telestrator!? I don’t see anything! lol. Nowadays Kenny has an entire wall to himself!