Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley face off against Stephen Curry and Peyton Manning at Stone Canyon Golf Club in Oro Valley, Ariz., at 3 p.m. ET on Friday for “The Match: Champions for Change.” You can watch it all beginning at 3 p.m. ET on Friday on TNT.
The NBA legend and lovable loudmouth plays nine with Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz, cohosts of the GOLF.com podcast “Subpar.”
Colt Knost: Charles, here are nine fun questions we call the Emergency 9. The first one we ask every Subpar guest: If there’s a movie being made about your life, who plays you?
Charles Barkley: Good question. James Earl Jones.
Knost: Gary Woodland said Denzel [Washington]. I don’t think he understands how this works.
Drew Stoltz: John Daly said Matt Damon.
Barkley: There’s a better chance of me playing John Daly than Matt Damon.
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Stoltz: No. 2: If you ran for president, who do you want as your VP?
Barkley: Michelle Obama.
Knost: Question 3: Who’s a worse tipper, Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan?
Barkley: Oh, they’re both cheap. [Laughs.]
Stoltz: No. 4: Who’s more likely to win the Oscar for best actor, Charles Barkley in Space Jam or in the Capital One commercials?
Barkley: Let me just say, it’s a privilege to work with Sam Jackson [in the Capital One commercials]. He’s the most giving guy I’ve ever been around. When I’m struggling, Sam says, “Chuck, try it like this,” not “You don’t know what you’re doing.”
Knost: All right. No. 5: We know you’ve had some beef with [former Knicks forward] Charles Oakley in the past.
Barkley: Only ’cause he hates me.
Knost: Who wins in a fight between Charles Oakley and your bodyguard James [Haywood]?
Barkley: Well, my bodyguard has been a cop for 30 years. He’s a black belt. I like his chances against anybody.
Stoltz: Next. Of all the members of the Olympic dream teams you were on, who would you least like to be quarantined with?
Barkley: Probably Michael. [Laughs.] Because every day he would talk about beating [me] in the finals in the ’92 championship.
Knost: Question 7: You’re a clean freak. What’s the thing you’re the most OCD about?
Barkley: I just like clean. You know, growing up poor … My mom was a maid. I was the oldest brother, so my mom would say, “Charles, if this house is not clean when I get home, I’m gonna beat you to death!”
Stoltz: Good incentive. Question 8: Your nickname, the Round Mound of Rebound — love it or hate it?
Barkley: Love it. In college I had probably 10 nicknames: the Crisco Kid, Break Truck, the Wide Load from Leeds.
Knost: Question No. 9: Is there a dollar amount you would pay to become a scratch golfer instantly?
Stoltz: Two million to be scratch right now — would you do it?
Barkley: Is it my money?
Barkley: Hell, no.