Charles Barkley on Michael Jordan: “We haven’t spoken in probably almost 10 years”

2022-11-23T13:38:06+00:00 2022-11-23T13:38:06+00:00.

Aris Barkas

23/Nov/22 13:38

Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan have been the closest of friends, but that’s not the case anymore

By Eurohoops team/

Recently Isiah Thomas talked about his view on Michael Jordan as a person and it wasn’t flattering. And while those two legends were never friends, even his old pal Charles Barkley admits that it’s hard to keep a relationship with his Airness.

Speaking to Tom Brady’s SiriusXM podcast “Let’s Go!” with Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray, Barkley admitted that their close relationship is a thing of the past: “I think probably, me and Michael [Jordan] were best friends, that’s probably the most prominent thing.  Michael Jordan, losing his friendship was probably the most prominent thing that’s happened to me. But I was being honest about what I thought. I said, ‘Listen, the toughest thing about Michael, he’s got to put better people around him.’ Because the toughest thing, when you’re famous, they’re on your private jet, you’re buying all the drinks, you’re buying all the dinners. Very few people are gonna be honest with you”.

Barkley is referring to the comments he made 10 years ago about Jordan not being the most successful of NBA owners. That was the reason they are not anymore on speaking terms with Barkley adding: “I try to surround myself with people like, ‘hey, if I’m screwing up, please tell me.’ And Michael got offended about something I said about him. And we haven’t spoken in probably almost 10 years. And he was my best friend at the time. And I love the dude like a brother and we’re both stubborn and we haven’t talked.”