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Posted: Monday, May 5, 2003 1:41 am | Updated: 1:32 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

In the final season of his NBA career, Charles Barkley laid out his plans for his post-playing days: "I want to make a lot of money and not work too hard."

More specifically, Barkley was speaking about the possibility of working in television after he retired. That's exactly what happened, of course, as Sir Charles has flourished in TV.

Now, another ex-Suns great apparently has caught the bug. Dan Majerle, who has worked this NBA playoff season for TNT, said he likes what he's doing. And that may cost the Suns a potential employee.

At the ceremony two months ago in which the Suns installed Majerle in the club's Ring of Honor, Suns chairman Jerry Colangelo reiterated his desire for Majerle to go to work for the club in some capacity.

But Majerle has enjoyed his TV work so much that he sounds like he may want to take up the opportunity on a more permanent basis.

"I like this so far," he said. "You can still stay involved with the game, stay involved with the (players). You work once or twice a week, so I can still spend time with my kids and play golf."

Majerle hadn't even finished his first season out of the game when TNT called about his interest. He worked a "practice game" between the Suns and the Minnesota Timberwolves and, soon enough, "They threw me into the fire."

Now that he's got a few games worth of experience, he said, "I've just been learning as I go," and "I've gotten positive feedback.”

"I talk about what I see and have fun with it."

Majerle acknowledges that distancing himself from his Suns rooting interests can be tough.

He knows he has to be impartial, but, "It is hard because I've got a lot of great relationships with a lot of people on the Suns.

"I live here and want them to do well, but I also know a lot about the game so I call it the way I see it. If the Suns don't play well, I'm going to say that even though deep down I want them to win."

The ultra-intense level of the playoffs has reminded him of what he's missing by no longer playing.

"These are the hard games," Majerle said. "These are the games you miss, where everything's on the line. One game and you're done. You can just feel the enthusiasm."

At the same time, "I think I got out of the league at the right time. I played 14 years and went out playing with the Suns. I think I made the right decision."

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