12 Things You Might Not Know About Charles Barkley, Who Turns 50 Today

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Charles Barkley celebrates his 50th birthday today. Here are 12 things you might not know about the Hall of Fame hoopster and would-be politician turned award-winning broadcaster.

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1. He hosted Saturday Night Live with Nirvana.

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2. He once outrebounded the Phoenix Suns by himself.

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3. He doesn't tweet.

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4. He once punk'd Manute Bol (with an assist from Rick Mahorn).

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5. He was featured in a 2008 freeware JRPG called Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa. It was an unofficial sequel to Barkley's 1994 game for Super Nintendo and the 1996 film Space Jam.

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6. When asked about the death threats aimed at the 1992 Dream Team, he described the blend of security and groupies at the team's hotel as: "Girl in bikini; dude with an Uzi; girl in bikini; guy with Uzi."

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7. He won an Emmy and is thus 25 percent of the way to EGOT.

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8. In a May 2006 interview with ESPN, he estimated that he'd lost about $10 million gambling over the years.

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9. He once drew the passive-aggressive ire of San Antonio's mayor.

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10. When the 76ers traded Moses Malone in 1986, he called it "the saddest day of my life."

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11. He loves pizza.

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12. Once a 10-handicap golfer who could break 80, he can no longer break 100.

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