How would the
According to Barkley, he was almost dealt to the Lakers by the
"I got traded to the Lakers one day and the Sixers retracted the deal," Barkley told SI.com.
"The Sixers back out. It was going crazy for two weeks so I knew it would come down to Portland, [the] Lakers or Phoenix," he continued. "So I get a call from my agent one morning and he said, 'Philly has traded you to the Lakers.'"
How did the Hall of Fame power forward react to the news?
"I went to lunch and started drinking," Barkley said. "Three hours later I get a ... phone call from my agent saying the Sixers backed out of the deal."
Instead of joining the Lakers, Barkley said, he returned to his team and played for the Sixers, albeit slightly inebriated.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the near-trade in 1992, noting that
Worthy retired in 1994. Campbell was eventually traded with
Barkley was named the
After a lean decade, the Lakers eventually returned to the top with titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002 built around