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Charles Barkley Shares Why He Hasn’t Spoken to Michael Jordan in Years: ‘Wasn’t a Pleasant Conversation

チャールズバークレー, マイケルジョーダン

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Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley.
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NBAの伝説 チャールズバークレー opened up about the reason he hasn’t spoken to his former best friend マイケルジョーダン NS 10 年.

とのインタビュー中 Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks, the 59-year-old TNT analyst said his fallout with the Chicago Bulls icon isa really unfortunate situation forthe both of them, stemming from a comment Barkley made about Jordan’s ownership of the Charlotte Bobcats, 今、 スズメバチ.

Barkley, who has enjoyed a successful career as an NBA analyst and commentator since he retired from the league, told Rooks that “何よりもまず,” his priority remains on doing his job honestly, despite his friendships around the league.

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.

ヨルダン, 59, became a part owner of Charlotte’s NBA team, which are now the Hornets, NS 2010. Since Jordan became involved with the team, the Hornets have put up an average record, with few postseason triumphs.

Barkley said that it was a comment about Jordan’s leadership with the Charlotte organization that his former friend took issue with. “What I said was, ‘Michael’s got to surround himself with better people,’ ” Barkley explained.

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チャールズバークレー, マイケルジョーダン

Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley.
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Barkley was concerned that Jordan, who he callsthe biggest star” 彼は “ever been around,” was running the team withouta good enough supporting cast around him in the front office to be successful,” he told Rooks.

“そして私は言った, ‘I worry about him being successful.Because when you’re a starEverybody around you is going to tell you what you want to hear,” Barkley explained.

Barkley continued: “I said that, and I had no problem saying it, because it was the truth. And he took offense. And he called me, and it wasn’t a pleasant conversation, and we haven’t spoke since then.

Both former NBA stars arestubbornin their ways, Barkley admitted, adding that he guesses he and Jordan have had the opportunity to speak just a handful of times over the years.

Barkley told Bleacher Report that he estimates five times he and Jordan havebeen in the same roomsince their falling out. “He’s stubborn, I’m stubborn, and that’s it.

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Stubbornness aside, Barkley told Rooks he would be open to repairing his friendship with Jordan. でも, he stands by his original critique of the NBA legend’s Charlotte team.

I probably would say, ‘What I said, I believed. I’m sorry you took offense to it. And let’s get past this bullst and get back to playing golf and having fun,” バークレーは言った.