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Sir Charles to make Tuesday debut in TNT studio

  Charles Barkley In what could be his dream job, Charles Barkley will now get paid for talking. Otto Greule Jr./Allsport

ATLANTA ( -- When Charles Barkley left his final game in December, injured against the Philadelphia 76ers, he quipped, "Just what America needs, one more unemployed black man."

Barkley didn't stay unemployed long; he has agreed to a multiyear deal with Turner Sports, it was announced Monday. The 16-year veteran will be a studio analyst on TNT telecasts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"I'm going to be sarcastic and have fun," he said.

Barkley was one of three players in NBA history to have 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists. The 11-time all-star played for Philadelphia, Phoenix and Houston and was league MVP for the 1992-93 season while he was with the Suns.

He was always known for his wit and candor while a player. Once he appeared on Saturday Night Live and battered Barney the dinosaur in a hysterical game of one-on-one. He also could leave you laughing even if with a wince. At his trial for throwing a man through a window at an Orlando night club in 1997, Barkley expressed his one regret to the judge: "I regret we weren't on a higher floor."

Barkley's first assignment will be Tuesday night, when the Rockets play host to the Suns at 8 p.m.