BARKLEY CAN’T MAKE A BAVETTA ON VEGAS FOOTRACE: The particulars are set for Saturday’s extreme footrace between Charles Barkley, 43, and NBA referee Dick Bavetta, 67, and they go as follows:
– 235 feet will be the distance, from baseline to baseline and then to half court at the Thomas & Mack Arena.
– TNT, which will televise it as part of its All-Star Saturday events, will match the NBA and donate $25,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.
– Marv Albert may have to do the call.
“I have not really spoken to anyone who is rooting for Charles,” said Albert of the race. “It’s very sad; people just want him to have a depressing weekend.”
No doubt, Barkley will bet heavily on his heavy self, lose, and then brag about it (ex. “I can afford to have a weight problem“).