Charles Barkley Reveals He Would Have Teamed Up With Michael Jordan on This Condition

Published 06/05/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
Michael Jordan during Michael Jordan Hosts 2005 Jordan Classic Dinner – April 14, 2005 in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)


In the 1990s, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won six titles beating some of the greatest players of all-time. Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and Karl Malone are three great players who retired ringless because of Jordan. But that doesn’t diminish their achievements.

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However, many media outlets in recent times believe championship as the sole deciding factor for greatness. Because of that, players like Barkley often don’t get the credit they deserve. In a recent interview, Barkley said that if he knew he’d need a ring to avoid being criticized, he would have taken extreme steps for it.

He said, “Guys (in the media) you get on TV and tell me I suck and didn’t win a championship. You tell that to Karl Malone and Patrick Ewing. If I had known y’all were gonna get on TV and tell me this shit 20 years later, I’d have called Michael and Patrick… Because guys on TV going to tell you my life sucks because I didn’t win the championship.”

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In his 16 year career, Barkley was an MVP, 11-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA player, and was also inducted into the Hall of Fame. It is almost criminal to undermine such a career just because of a lack of rings. And like Barkley mentions, doing this is what gives rise to super teams, which is ultimately unhealthy for the league.

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Michael Jordan also spoke against super teams

The NBA is moving towards an era where super teams are becoming more common by the day. Multiple All-Stars decide to team up in order to win the title, which they feel they wouldn’t have been able to win otherwise. And Michael Jordan also spoke against the rise of such teams, which will lead to the downfall of competition.

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“I think it’s going to start to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint,” Jordan said last year. “Only one or two teams will be great and the other 28 will be garbage.”

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) talks with forward Kevin Durant (7) during a free throw attempt by the Nets against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

And just a few months after he said it, James Harden joined forces with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn. That is one of the most unfair teams of all-time and it is exactly what Jordan advocated against. But it looks like Jordan’s words don’t matter much to ring-hungry superstars so this could soon be the norm.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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