Once upon a time, former NBA great and current TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley thought that he was going to play for the Lakers, and live betting services remember being very surprised when they learned that he actually played after he prematurely celebrated the news.
Back in 1992, it seemed that the 76ers and Lakers were ready to make a deal. As he knew this, he made the decision to drink a few cocktails and celebrate. However, the trade that Barkley was fervently anticipating wasn’t made, and he had even worse luck, as he was set to play that same evening for the Sixers, following lunch and some drinks.
“It was going crazy for two weeks so I knew it would come down to Portland, (the) Lakers or Phoenix,” the former player remembered from a conversation that he had with Richard Deitsch from Sports Illustrated. “So I get a call from my agent one morning and he said, ‘Philly has traded you to the Lakers.’ So I went to lunch and started drinking. I’m (expletive) so excited that I am going to the Lakers.”
The former player then got the bad news a short time later.
“Three hours later, I get a (expletive) phone call from my agent saying that the Sixers backed out of the deal,” said Barkley. “I said, ‘Oh, (expletive), I’m feeling pretty good right now.’ So I went out and played that night.”
There’s an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer dating back to the 12th of January of 1992, with the title of “Barkley To Lakers: The Trade That Wasn’t” that apparently mentions in detail about the trade that didn’t happen. The game that was played that evening took place on the 11th of January of the season of 1991-1992, and that evening Barkley still did pretty well, as 23 points were scored with 9 rebounds when the Sixers lost to the Cavaliers.
The offseason after that, the All-Star was traded, but he didn’t join the Lakers, to the disappointment of many of his fans. Live betting services remember that instead, the l All-Star joined the Suns in June back then, for Andrew Lang, Tim Perry, and Jeff Hornacek. The season after that, Barkley was able to lead led the Suns to the only appearance that he made in the NBA Finals, where in six meetings they ended up losing to the Bulls with the almighty Michael Jordan.