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Charles Barkley Explains Why He Hasn’t Said Anything to Michael Jordan in Years: ‘It Wasn’t a Nice Conversation’
Anything to Michael Jordan in Years: NBA icon Charles Barkley has revealed why he hasn’t spoken to his former closest friend Michael Jordan in ten years. During an interview with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks, the 59-year-old TNT analyst described his feud with the Chicago Bulls legend as “a pretty horrible scenario for both of them,” citing a remark Barkley made about Jordan’s ownership of the Charlotte Bobcats, now the Hornets.
Barkley, who has had a successful career as an NBA analyst and commentator since his retirement from the game, told Rooks that, despite his friendships throughout the league, his “first and foremost” concern is doing his job honestly.
“I can’t criticize other coaches and general managers and give him a pass because he’s my best friend,” said Barkley. “I just can’t do that.” Jordan, 59, became a part owner of Charlotte’s NBA team, which are now the Hornets, in 2010. Since Jordan became involved with the team, the Hornets have put up an average record, with few postseason triumphs.