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CHRISTMAS SEASON BRINGS THE BEST OUT OF BARKLEY

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Charles Barkley as a locker room Santa? Why not - he's already got that bowl-full-of-jelly part down pat.

While opening mail in front of his locker last week, Barkley found an envelope from a local electronics store with two gift certificates. The certificates, worth $500, are given to guests on Phoenix Suns' radio and TV broadcasts.Barkley handed them to a longtime Suns' employee - the kind who does not wear a suit and tie or frequent the team's executive offices.

"To do for others? I think it's great," Barkley said.

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