Charles Barkley on Michael Jordan: 'I can’t criticize other coaches and general managers, and give him a pass because he’s my best friend'

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Charles Barkley on Michael Jordan: 'I can’t criticize other coaches and general managers, and give him a pass because he’s my best friend'

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Charles Barkley on Michael Jordan: 'I can’t criticize other coaches and general managers, and give him a pass because he’s my best friend'

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Once upon a time, Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley—two of the biggest NBA stars of their generation—were friends and rivals. Now, the pair is going on 10 years without speaking to each other. That’s the situation Barkley described Tuesday in an interview with Bleacher Report‘s Taylor Rooks, where he dove into what caused the split between the two Hall of Famers. As Barkley recalls, the trouble began when he was publicly critical of Jordan’s decision-making as the owner and lead executive of the Hornets. “It’s a really unfortunate situation for me and him. But I’m going to do my job, first and foremost. Because I can’t criticize other coaches and general managers, and give him a pass because he’s my best friend,” Barkley said. “I just can’t do that. What I said was, ‘Michael’s got to surround himself with better people. And I worry about him being successful.’”
Source: Nick Selbe @ Sports Illustrated

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Stephen Curry (31.4 PPG) is the oldest player in NBA history to average at least 30 PPG through his first 20 games of a season (age in years-days):
34-260 – Curry, 2022-23
33-295 – Michael Jordan, 1996-97
33-158 – Kobe Bryant, 2011-12
Much more here: open.substack.com/pub/statitudes…10:01 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Listen, Phoenix, Denver, the Pelicans, the Griz. And then you’ve got to figure the Warriors in there, but you give me the #Suns and #Nuggets, I like my chances of getting to the finals.”
Charles Barkley says Denver, not Phoenix, will finish “with the best record in the West.” pic.twitter.com/kQ8tkPYX6K11:53 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Shaquille O’Neale says the Clippers need to play 30 games fully healthy to be in good shape for the playoffs.
Charles Barkley says they need to play the entire second half of the season or he’s writing them off.
Sounds like a good mark to also measure the Nets against. – 7:27 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Charles Barkley is adamant Shai Gilgeous-Alexander isn’t just an All Star… he’s an All Star starter. pic.twitter.com/MuYBWQYOf77:09 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Charles Barkley is Thunder Twitter: pic.twitter.com/cI78l022O27:04 PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Charles Barkley on SGA:
“Shai Gilgeous-Alexander better be starting in the damn All-Star game this year.” pic.twitter.com/EQ4vBqp50S6:43 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
🏀 Hear why Zion reminds @RealJayWilliams of Michael Jordan 👀 #Pelicans
@Rick Kamla | @adaniels33 pic.twitter.com/Ggu8T37kke3:33 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
🏀Hear why Zion reminds @RealJayWilliams of Michael Jordan 👀 #Pelicans
@Rick Kamla | @adaniels33 pic.twitter.com/TIZLfK6Nwu3:33 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Pelicans star Zion Williamson’s 2,524 points through 100 career games is the most points by an NBA player through 100 career games since Michael Jordan from 1984-85 to 1985-86 seasons (2,721). pic.twitter.com/GWM9812zuX11:39 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Kevin Durant is the 14th-oldest player to score 45.
39: Michael Jordan, Jamal Crawford
38: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
37: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James
36: Shaquille O’Neal, Karl Malone
35: Larry Bird, Alex English
34: Stephen Curry, Pau Gasol, Bernard King, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Durant – 10:05 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Kristaps Porzingis had 29 points in the 1st half. Only 7 other players in franchise history have scored as many in a single half: Bradley Beal, John Wall, Gilbert Arenas, Michael Jordan, Tracy Murray, Caron Butler and Trevor Ariza. – 8:12 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Steve Clifford said he feels “somewhat responsible” for how things have gone for Kemba Walker. Said Walker is special to him. Said he used to tell Michael Jordan, “I’m taking a year or two off his career” because of how many minutes Walker played in Charlotte. – 6:17 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
The @Los Angeles Clippers Ivica Zubac is just the third player in the last 50 NBA seasons to record a 30-point, 25-rebound game while shooting 80% from the field:
✅ Charles Barkley (3/30/1986)
✅ Shaquille O’Neal (3/21/2004)
✅ Zubac (11/27/2022)
Much more here: open.substack.com/pub/statitudes…9:03 AM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Grayson Allen should give the Michael Jordan shrug pretty soon. He’s 6-of-6 from the field and has 19 points. All of his field goals have been 3-pointers. – 8:46 PM
Mike Lynch @SportInfo247
Shake Milton in last 5 games: 23.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 7.0 apg, over 60% from the field
Sixers to do that in a 5-game span per @Stathead :
Wilt Chamberlain, Charles Barkley and Ben Simmons
Throw in the 3s and the near-perfect FT shooting & no Sixer has ever had a run quite like this – 8:32 PM
Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Curry is now averaging 31.7 points on 52.7 percent shooting with 7.1 assists and 6.6 rebounds.
Only one player in NBA history, per @Stathead, finished a season averaging at least 30 points, 50 FG%, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds:
Michael Jordan in 1988-89. pic.twitter.com/nOIrOcpbSA6:34 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Is Cancel Culture real?
Charles Barkley discusses Kyrie, Kanye, and more, with @JimGrayOfficial on this week’s all-new 𝗟𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗚𝗼!
DOWNLOAD 🔗 https://t.co/CHPY8fxERj pic.twitter.com/jS4jV66Ik06:05 PM

More on this storyline

Barkley said that he and Jordan have crossed paths in the years since, but never interacted with one another. If given the chance, he said that he would love to bury that hatchet between them and work toward being friends again. “I probably would say, ‘Hey, you know, what I said, I believed. I’m sorry you took offense to it, and let’s get past this b——- and go back to playing golf and having fun.’” -via Sports Illustrated / November 30, 2022
Charles Barkley unapologetically speaks his mind — but his words may have caused irreversible damage to his relationship with his former best friend Michael Jordan. During the latest installment of Tom Brady’s SiriusXM podcast “Let’s Go!” with Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray, Barkley said he and Jordan haven’t spoken in almost 10 years after he had “said something that offended” the Bulls legend. -via New York Post / November 22, 2022

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