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The History of the Nike Air CB4

Charles Barkley has one of the more underrated sneaker lines of all-time. His signature line with Nike was a standout in the 90s. Take a look at the Nike Air CB4 below.


The Nike Air CB4 is a simple and low key model. They have a full grain leather upper and asymmetrical lacing. There is a Max Air Unit in the heel for impact protection. The Nike Air CB4 was released in 1996. By 1996, Barkley was now playing for the Houston Rockets. His career was nearing its end, and his line of signature sneakers was also coming close to its end.

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Charles Barkley is one of the most beloved figures in sports. As iconic as he was as a basketball player, he may even be more impactful as a basketball analysist. “Sir Charles” is one of the rare athletes whose popularity may have grown when he moved away from athletics.


Chuck played three years of college basketball for Auburn. His time at Auburn impressed the basketball world and he entered the 1984 NBA Draft. The Philadelphia 76ers took the Power Forward with the fifth overall pick. Barkley joined a 76ers squad that was filled with NBA legends. Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Maurice Cheeks were teammates of Barkley’s during his rookie season. Under their leadership and tutelage, Barkley had a strong debut season.

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The Philadelphia 76ers did not accomplish much during the 8 years Barkley was a member of the team. He grew frustrated with the lack of progress the organization was making. Barkley’s time in Philly was filled with a lot of individual highlights. However, there was a lot of controversy too. Charles had a knack for getting in trouble. He was so charming and fun loving that a lot of his controversies were overlooked by the media and fans.

In 1992, the Sixers and Charles Barkley would part ways. Barkley was tired of losing, and the Sixers were tired of his off the court antics. Chuck would be moved to the Phoenix Suns, and he would find the greatest success of his career.

During the 1993 NBA Season, Barkley’s first with the Suns, he brought home his first MVP trophy. Barkley would lead the Suns to the NBA Finals – against Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. The Suns would be beaten by the Bull in the Finals, but the series was competitive, and Barkley held his own against MJ.


- Adam C. Better

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