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Why Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley’s Friendship Ended

“I love him and miss him like a brother,” says NBA great

Why Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley's Friendship Ended

Charles Barkley opens up about his friendship with Michael Jordan.

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The last time we heard from Charles Barkley about his relationship with Michael Jordan, he said the two weren’t on very good terms.

From Barkley’s point of view, Jordan was upset about some of the things he said on television about how he was running the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) at the time because they finished with just two winning seasons in their 10-year existence. For a pair of Hall of Famers who used to be super close, it was weird to hear they were no longer friends.

“One of the reasons I don’t trust the media is you can’t have a double standard for guys you like and dislike,” Barkley said. “I said Michael wasn’t doing a good job – he’s doing a great job now, they’ve gotten better, they’ve made some great signings – but they weren’t doing good and I thought he didn’t have good people around him.”

It turns out that now much has changed since Barkley said all of that in January of 2015. Many thought they had moved on when a picture surfaced of them with their arms around each other at the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame ceremony last month – Kenny Smith even made it sound like they were cool again – but apparently they’re still not on the same page.

While on ESPN’s Dan Le Batard Show on Tuesday, here’s what Barkley had to say:

“I love Michael. I miss Michael’s friendship. He was a great friend to me for a long period of time and I love him and miss him like a brother. I would love to mend that relationship, but we just happened to be at the same place and took a picture together. We are not back to where we used to be.”

Barkley went on to reveal that their interaction at the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame ceremony was awkward because they hadn’t spoken in years. And even though he misses their relationship, he made it clear he won’t apologize for doing his job.

President Obama awarded Michael Jordan and 20 others with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Watch here.


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