Jayson Williams tells the tale of Charles Barkley, a stationary bike and an expertly handled McDonald’s breakfast platter.
Charles Barkley likes to eat and he likes to make fun of his fellow NBA players, neither of these thing are really new information. What is new information is that the Round Mound of Rebound used to combine these two loves while at practice for the 76ers.
Former teammate Jayson Williams recently sat down with Vice’s “Cookies” podcast and talked about a training session that included Barkley enjoying some McDonald's breakfast while explaining to his teammates that they need to work harder.
The Big Lead transcribed the tale of an NBA legend, a Deluxe Big Breakfast and a stationary bike.
I’ll never forget this story. My second day of practice we’re out there running up and down. Charles Barkley comes in about five minutes late. He comes in and he has a big McDonald’s bag. And he goes and he sits down on the bike. And like a chemist. You know a guy over there cutting up lines or something. You know? He’s just making – he’s got his back towards us and he’s doing stuff – I’m like what the hell is he doing? So he takes the eggs, and he takes the pancakes, the sausage, maple syrup and butter, puts it all in one, warps it up with the pancake and gets some extra syrup. And the butter’s oozing out. And I’m going wow, you going to eat that then and come run with us? Hell no. He’s going to eat that while he’s on the stationary bike. Peddling one mile an hour going “You sons of bitches! Run the floor! You lazy bastards! You f—ers! That’s why we ain’t never going to win the game!” And pancake is spitting out his mouth.
While it is fun to imagine Barkley eating fast food and lazing about on a stationary bike in between games, it does seem unlikely that the Hall of Famer was able to put together a career as great as his without some practice, although Williams claims the power forward only practiced with the team three times while they played together.