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“Losing his friendship was probably the most prominent thing that’s happened to me" — Charles Barkley on why he regrets cutting ties with Michael Jordan

Barkley called Jordan out for hiring incompetent basketball-minded people around him, which caused a rift in their friendship.
Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley

Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley

During their time on the court, Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan built a great friendship. They were never teammates (although there came a time when it was close to happening), but they had a lot of mutual respect for each other. They built most of their fun memories during their time together in the 1992 Olympics, when they were part of one of (if not) the greatest basketball teams in history, aka the Dream Team. Barkley loved Jordan and vice versa, but that took a 180 turn when MJ decided to cut him out of his life.

From good friends to strangers

The reason Jordan ended his friendship with Sir Charles in the first place was that he didn’t like how the former player, now turned TNT NBA analyst, talked about him on air — especially during Jordan’s days as owner of the Washington Wizards. Barkley once called Jordan out for hiring incompetent basketball-minded people around him, which caused a rift in their friendship.

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A decade later, Barkley admitted that he and MJ haven’t made up and are still very distant from one another. According to 11-time All-Star and Hall-of-Famer, losing Michael’s friendship was by far the most dissatisfying experience of his life.

Michael Jordan, losing his friendship was probably the most prominent thing that’s happened to me... Michael got offended about something I said about him. And we haven’t spoken in probably almost 10 years,” Barkley opened up in his latest appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

A sad end to a fruitful friendship

This situation between Jordan and Barkley is tricky, to say the least, because, after all, the latter was doing his job by being truthful on TV. But Jordan, who we all know takes the little things personally, has the right to feel offended about his old friend’s statements, whether they were true or not.

However, the question that should be asked is whether Barkley’s statements were worth cutting him out of Jordan’s life and breaking up the friendship they shared. It certainly was for Jordan, who probably felt betrayed by Barkley.

Nevertheless, at least one of them feels horrible (to the point that he called it the most prominent thing that’s happened to him) about losing the bond they shared. Only time will tell if Jordan will eventually feel the same way about Barkley or if he’s now too busy smoking cigars in his free time, reminiscing about the greatest career in basketball history.

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