Michael Jordan Picked Charles Barkley Up on His Private Jet and Took Him Golfing After Rockets Lost Playoff Series: ‘You Need to Get Away’

NBA Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley used to be best friends. Despite being rivals on the basketball court, the legends always tried to hang out with each other during their free time.

Golf is a sport Jordan and Barkley loved to play together despite the latter not being as good as the former. So when Barkley lost a playoff series with the Houston Rockets once, Jordan called him in the wee hours of the morning and told him to get his golf things together since he knew his friend needed to “get away.”

Michael Jordan took Charles Barkley golfing after playoff series loss

Barkley told Subpar in May 2020 that Jordan once picked him up on his private jet for a golf trip after a playoff series loss. The Chicago Bulls icon called Chuck at three or four in the morning and told him to be ready in four hours.

“I lost one time, I’m playing for the Rockets, and Michael calls me about three, four in the morning, ‘Whatchu doin’?’ I said, ‘Nothing. Sitting here sulking. We lost last night.’ He said, ‘I’ll pick you up in four hours.’ I said, ‘What?’ He says, ‘I’m coming to get you. We’re gonna go play some golf. The season’s over. You need to get away.’ And in four hours, he picked me up at the private airport right by my house on his private jet.”

Jordan understood that Barkley was in a down mood, so he went out of his way to cheer his friend up by picking him up on his fancy jet and taking him golfing. That’s how close MJ and Sir Charles were back in the day.

However, everything changed when Barkley criticized Jordan for how the six-time Finals MVP ran the Charlotte Bobcats (they switched their name to the Charlotte Hornets in 2014).

Why Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley are no longer friends

Barkley, an NBA analyst for TNT, ripped Jordan for hiring the wrong people in Charlotte. The one-time MVP said Black Jesus would never be successful as the franchise’s majority governor as long as he hired “kiss-a**” friends.

Jordan became the majority governor of the Charlotte franchise in March 2010. The NBA’s all-time leader in points per game and player efficiency rating never missed the playoffs during his storied run with the Bulls. However, Charlotte has only made the postseason twice under him.

Barkley misses being friends with Jordan. However, he has a job to do with TNT. As the world learned in ESPN’s The Last Dance docuseries, Jordan takes everything personally, but it’s strange he still holds a grudge against Barkley, someone he used to be brothers with.

Despite Jordan not being friends with Barkley anymore, the Round Mound of Rebound was interviewed for The Last Dance. In Episode 6, he talked about the 1993 Finals between the Bulls and Phoenix Suns.

The Chuckster: “I have no problen losing to Michael”

Barkley and the Suns had home-court advantage in the 1993 Finals. The Alabama native was the regular-season MVP, and the Suns had the best record in the NBA. However, Phoenix lost all three of its home games.

Jordan and the Bulls won the series in six games. Captain Marvel averaged 41.0 points while shooting 50.8% from the field and 40.0% from beyond the arc and won his third straight Finals MVP. Barkley, who averaged 27.3 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists, said in The Last Dance that he felt no shame losing to the Bulls since they had the best player in the world.

“I have no problem losing to Michael,” Barkley said. “Losing to Michael, there’s no shame in that. Sports are like a gunfight, and we lost to the fastest gun.”

Jordan finished his career with six championships, six Finals MVPs, five regular-season MVPs, and 10 scoring titles. Meanwhile, Barkley won one MVP and made 11 All-Star teams. He’s considered one of the top players in NBA history never to win a championship, and you can bet all your money that Jordan teased him about it when they were pals.

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