For years, former NBA star Charles Barkley has threatened to run for governor of his native Alabama. Now he’s put a time frame on it and has told CNN’s Campbell Brown he’ll run in 2014.

“I can’t screw up Alabama,” said Barkley, who now calls Arizona home and attended this year’s Democratic National Convention in Denver. “We [Alabama] are number 48 in everything and Arkansas and Mississippi aren’t going anywhere.”

Barkley says he will focus on improving public education.

“The public school system in this country is the worst it has ever been, and what that does is that hurts crime, it hurts the judicial system,” he said. “You know if you don’t give people education and hope, they become criminals. They get involved in drugs. So we have got to fix the public school system.”

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