Stern on Barkley, Vegas 

February, 17, 2007
02/17/07
10:38
PM ET
LAS VEGAS -- Hope you enjoyed the hilarity of Charles Barkley shocking the world by winning his match race against Dick Bavetta.

Because it almost didn't happen.

Commissioner David Stern admitted after his annual All-Star news conference Saturday that he was initially hesitant to let Bavetta and Barkley line up for what just might have been the most anticipated on-court event of the weekend.

Marc Stein | email

ESPN Senior Writer
• Senior NBA writer for ESPN.com
• Began covering the NBA in 1993-94
• Also covered soccer, tennis and the Olympics

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