CB: No, because I am not afraid to die. I have accomplished everything I want to accomplish in my life. My only goal in life was to make sure my family has a great life. I have accomplished that.
SI: Let's go on to a few other things. First: How do you get misquoted in your own book? [When Barkley's autobiography, Outrageous, was published in January, Barkley said his co-author, SI senior editor Roy S. Johnson, had misinterpreted certain things—all of which, as it happened, were controversial and got Barkley in trouble with his team's management.]
CB: That was my fault. I should have read it before it came out.
SI: O.K., now, this may be strange, but would you mind ranking your body parts?
CB: Well, number one has to be my legs. I've got supreme confidence in my legs. I'll put my legs up against anybody's. Two would be my mind. I know how to play the game. You can't fool me. I might make a mistake, but I know what it takes to be successful, and I know who can play and who can't.
That's about the only parts that work. I'm serious. I got bad ankles, bad knees, bad back, bad shoulders. Other than that, I'm fine.
SI: There's probably not another head like yours in the universe. Could you describe it?
CB: Well, I'm a man who keeps his hair cut low because he's going bald, number one. And number two, he hates to comb it. I just woke up one morning and I saw my hair wasn't growing at the top, and I said, "I don't want to grow up bald." So I shaved it.
SI: Who shaved first, you or Jordan?
CB: I think I started first.