Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan were once very good friends. They had a brother-like relationship that went on for more than 20 years. The two were fierce rivals on the court, but it never impacted their bond outside of NBA arenas. However, one comment by Barkley put an end to it.
The much-loved friendship turned south when Barkley criticized Michael as an owner. Ever since taking charge of the Charlotte Hornets, Jordan has been in the public eye for the moves he had made with a franchise. Not taking anything away from MJ as a player, but the fact is that Jordan the owner has been a huge disappointment.
Barkley, being the persona that he is, and being the NBA analyst that he is, spared no one - not even MJ. Charles blamed Jordan's inability to surround himself with people who are willing to stand up to him, saying he hired a bunch of 'yes men'.
This obviously didn't sit well with Jordan, as he had stopped talking to his long-time friend. One statement was enough for MJ to put an end to his relationship with Barkley. Years later, Barkley has started publicly talking about the incident and how he wants to reconcile with a long-time friend of his.
I don't know how I'm gonna fix it. I would like to fix it, but Michael's doing great, I'm doing great. We had a disagreement and I know we're both too stubborn. We both just jackasses, to be honest with you.
Charles barkley, The Steam Room Podcast
So Charles is ready to bury the hatchet. It's now on MJ to meet Barkley halfway and put the past behind them. NBA fans around the world all wish for it to happen. It's one of those things that have nothing to do with you, but you would like to see be resolved.
What can make both Barkley and NBA fans optimistic is what MJ's life-time friend Ahmad Rashad had to say on the subject. According to Rashad, it's only a matter of time before the two become friends again. This is coming from a guy who was there when MJ and Charles were close, and who knows them the best. If you ask him about it, it's not that deep.
I think people don't realize the relationship that Charles and Michael have had over the years. You were very dear friends, and somehow it just got out of whack somewhere. You're like brothers that get into an argument. At some point, you come back and you're still family. I know these guys, as well as anybody, could know 'em, and I know it's only a matter of time.
Ahmad Rashad, The Steam Room Podcast
Here it is, Charles looks like there's hope that you and MJ will become friends again. The whole NBA world is rooting for you. Just make sure not to say something negative about MJ ever again if you don't want to go through something like this all over again.