Barkley sincerely believes owners would hire him once his contract... runs out at TNT.
Charles Barkley is always seeking new challenges, real and imaginary, so after criticizing Cleveland head coach Mike Brown's decision not to play J.J. Hickson more minutes in their series against the Celtics and declaring that the Cavaliers should go after Joe Johnson in free agency, he then launched into a serious chat with Birmingham radio station WJOX about his long term plans:
"The GM thing is something I want to do because of the challenge. I've got 2 years left on my contract right now. Two more years. I know they want to sit down and discuss, you know, we just paid 11 billion dollars for the NCAA tournament. I would have to make that decision if I wanted to do college basketball, to be honest with you.
I like college basketball. I pay very close attention to it for the simple fact that guys are only going to be in college for 1 year so I study it quite a bit to be honest. But I would have to really sit back and we're going to sit down when the season's over. We get the Final Four every other year until 2014 then we get it completely after that.
But I'm going to have to sit down with them once the season's over, talk about my contract extension and if I want to do the NCAA tournament. But I've got 2 years left.
I probably won't take a GM job for at least 2 years. I feel like I'm ready now but I want to at least finish out my contract before I think about it."
Let's see, Charles attempting to learn the intricacies of the NBA salary cap or getting to hear him blast Kentucky and Kansas on a post game show after early tournament exits.
I'll take the latter.