Charles Barkley Says Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods are the Only 2 Athletes Who Make People ‘Lose Their Mind’

Published 05/23/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 02: Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan smile to the crowd as they walk off the 17th green during the Pro-am at the Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club on May 2, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


Michael Jordan has an incredible aura around him. During his prime, he was, for many, the greatest basketball player to ever grace the court. And despite retiring almost 20 years ago, his name still holds an immense presence in the sport. Jordan was the most mercurial athlete of his time. And even to this day, Jordan can get people excited with a few words or a rare public appearance.

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Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods get a lot of eyes

Former NBA star Charles Barkley was a guest on the Dan Patrick show recently. He noted that Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods are the only two athletes who can garner the attention of everyone around them. Because the two players changed their respective sports, people are always clamoring for their presence. Barkley noted that during their heyday, they would be the two people who could make people go crazy over them.

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“Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods are the only two athletes that I’ve ever been around where people absolutely lose their mind. Like people get excited when you’re around other guys, but people absolutely when Michael was in his heyday, and the same thing with Tiger, people just stop and stare. It was crazy, it was amazing and crazy. Thank god I’ve never been as big as either of those guys.”

Jordan’s name still holds a lot of power

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Barkley’s comments come as no surprise. During his stint in the NBA, Barkley was a close friend of Michael Jordan’s, while also being his competitor. They spent a lot of time together, especially during the 1992 Olympics. So Barkley has seen firsthand the lore and celebrity appeal Michael Jordan’s name carried. Despite Jordan being a little reclusive in the public eye over the last few years, his appearance is a surefire way to get people’s attention.

CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 02: Michael Jordan watches a shot during the po-am at the Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club on May 2, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Michael Jordan is one of the most valuable names and brands in the world today. Since retiring from the NBA, he has devoted himself to the business side of his activities. His Jordan shoe brand, which started originally when he was an active player, has become one of the most sought-after shoe brands in the world today. Furthermore, Jordan is also an NBA team owner with the Charlotte Hornets, who are beginning to find success.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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