Charles Barkley Channels Inner Trash-Talker; Calls Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen ‘Cheap’

Published 01/13/2021, 10:14 AM EST
Michael Jordan during 2006 Jordan All-American Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)


Charles Barkley is known to speak his mind, and he doesn’t refrain from doing so, no matter whom it concerns. However, his comments either make provide some great comedy to the audience, or get him into trouble. From saying he wants to punch Draymond Green to giving a crew member of TNT some money to get his haircut. Even the greatest of all time, Michael Jordan hasn’t gotten away from his wrath.

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Are Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen cheap?

In conversation with Charles Barkley, Hall of Famer Frank Thomas talks about how generous Barkley is because of his charities, calling him the best tipper. But Barkley didn’t leave the Charles to involve Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

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He stated, “Well, I think one of the reasons you think I am a great tipper is because you’ve been around Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Two of the worst tippers in history. First of all, Michael is cheap. He is not going to tip and then when you get the nickname ‘No Tippin Pippen.’

“You’ve probably been around both. Both are probably cheap too. I don’t know a lot about both, but both not tipping good,” he concluded. Well, this isn’t the first time Barkley has called Jordan cheap. And from the looks of it, it may not be the last.

Chicago Bulls # 33 Scottie Pippen and Chicago Bulls # 23 Michael Jordan courtside during Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)

Charles Barkley’s trash talking days

While many say Barkley was a failed trash talker, it never stopped him from doing so. Throughout his NBA career, there were instances of him trash talking to many players, even MJ. Even though nobody messed with a man like Jordan, that didn’t mean anything to him.

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Although, most of his comments were funny, and he said them very playfully. All he wanted to do was get under the person’s skin. This is the man who once said, “I don’t create controversies. They’re there long before I open my mouth. I just bring them to your attention.”

Barkley did establish himself as one of the best in the league, but his X-Factor will always be his outgoing and honest nature. What do you think about Barkley’s trash-talking skills?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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