Any basketball fan knows that Hall of Fame players Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley are good friends. Even through all the years of competing with each other on and off the court, the two are still close.
Well recently that friendship was tested a little bit when Barkley made some comments on a radio show about Jordan’s second career in basketball management. Jordan didn’t take kindly to the comments, and called up Sir Charles to give him a piece of his mind:
“I thought my name was S.O.B and M.F., like damn, I couldn’t even say anything. I said, ‘Dude I can’t get on the radio and tell people you been doin’ a good job.’”
“He’s relying on our friendship and I said, ‘Dude, I love you, you one of my best friends, period. You been there for me, I been there for you but.’ I think he got mad; he surrounded himself with people. One of the really difficult things about being famous, all your friends, you’re paying all the bills, they’re flying around on your private jet, very few of your friends are ever gonna disagree with you. And I think that’s the thing he got most mad about, ’cause I mean his record speaks for itself and I wanna see Michael do well, but I think that was actually an example when he thinks you’re supposed to be with him no matter what. But dude, you gotta get better people to wear on you if you’re gonna be successful…You gotta have friends around you who (are) not afraid to say, ‘Oh that guy can’t play.’ And we’re cool now.”
While it’s certainly understandable that Jordan got upset with his pal, Barkley is just doing what he does, being honest. There’s no filter when it comes to Sir Charles, everybody knows that, so it’s far from surprising he would be truthful about his friend’s failures in the basketball front office.
For fans of the Charlotte Bobcats, they can only hope Jordan takes Barkley’s advice, because what he’s been doing, isn’t working.