Michael Jordan Once Revealed Why He’s Smarter than Charles Barkley: “I Know When to Eat When Not to Eat”

Published 01/02/2022, 8:00 AM EST


Michael Jordan has been known to make comments about his fellow teammates, sometimes roasting them publicly. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in which he was asked about who is wiser between him and Charles Barkley, he responded, “I know when to eat; when not to eat”.

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It was quite exciting to see both former basketball players going against each other and making fun of each other, as well as mentioning some of the events that happened in the games during the interview. Both players have maintained a friendly and competitive relationship with each other for many decades.

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Throughout Charles Barkley’s career, he has asserted that he is better than Jordan on numerous occasions. However, Jordan came back with a game that Barkley will never forget.

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It isn’t the first time Michael Jordan has shot at his opponent

In the 90s, when everyone sought to tear down the era of Jordan, Barkley even stated that he is better than Jordan, however, that was before the 1993 match in which Phoenix Suns faced Michael Jordan. 

“I shoulda got out of Philly three years earlier,” Barkley said, according to a 2013 edition of Sports Illustrated. “I told Cotton (Fitzsimmons, the Sun’s coach turned exec who orchestrated the deal), “I’ll get us to the Finals, and I think I can beat Michael Jordan.” [h/t Sportscasting.com]

CHICAGO – JUNE 18: Charles Barkley #34 of the Phoenix Suns chats with Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls in Game Five of the 1993 NBA Finals on June 18, 1993 at the Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois. The Suns won 108-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1993 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

During the interview, Barkley also took the chance to mention that Michael Jordan always took any available opportunity to remind his adversaries that he had more rings than them. This was obviously frustrating for Barkley and many others who simply didn’t have the number of chips as his ‘Airness’.

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There was always a competition between Jordan and his opponents or teammates to be the best. However, when we think back to the 90’s era, he is the first name that comes to mind when discussing the greatest performer of all time. 

Don’t forget to let us know what you think of Jordan’s statement regarding Barkley.

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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