Hoops Links: Williams, Nets, Woodson, Raptors

December 8 2013 at 7:20pm CST By Zach Links

On this date in 1999, Rockets forward Charles Barkley’s storied career came to an end in Philadelphia, when he attempted to block a shot by the Sixers’ Tyrone Hill.  Barkley, who scored 23,755 points (13th in NBA history) and grabbed 12,545 rebounds (14th in NBA history), tore the left quadriceps tendon away from the kneecap in the first quarter of Houston’s 83-73 loss to Philadelphia.  After the game, Barkley held a news conference and paid tribute to former teammates Julius Erving, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney, and Bobby Jones, who Barkley said initiated him in the ways of the NBA in his early years with the 76ers.  Barkley would return to play token minutes in the last game of the regular season, which would then be the final game of his career.

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