Thursday, November 24th, 2011 at 9:05 am  |  13 responses

Charles Barkley: NBA Players ‘Silly’ for Criticizing Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is one of the hardline owners during this NBA lockout, a position that has been wildly unpopular among current players. Charles Barkley, MJ’s good friend, tells ESPN Radio that it’s not very smart of the players to be mad at Mike (via SRI): “If he were advising both sides in the lockout, what would he say: ‘Well I’m kind of mad at the owners right not to be honest with you, because I think the owners are just trying to crush the guys. The players have made so many concessions, and it’s like, is that not enough? I try to explain to a normal person, okay, so the players went from 57 [percent] to 50, and that might not sound like a lot to a normal person, but you’ve got to understand — each one of those points is worth $300 million dollars; each one of those points is worth $300 million dollars. So it’s not like the players aren’t trying to make…it’s not like they’re not sacrificing anything….and I think the owners want even more, and I think they’re just trying to beat them to death right now.’ On Michael Jordan’s role in the negotiations and the heat he’s taking for his tough role in the negotiations ‘Well first of all, don’t believe everything you hear. But Michael is an owner now. He can’t sacrifice his franchise. Listen, he’s the reason that all us players are making the money that we are today. But with that being said, he’s an owner now, he’s got to do what’s best for his franchise. I think it’s silly for players to think MJ should sacrifice the whole NBA for the rights of the players. He’s not a player anymore. When he played, he spoke for the players, he made sure every player got paid an enormous amount of money, but right now he’s an owner. That being said, I’ve been very disappointed with some of the owners as far as — look, this is a partnership, and it’s not like a regular business. I don’t think the players should never go lower than 50-50. I think they should take 50-50, but the owners I think want even more. And that’s what disappoints me, because the players are clearly trying to make a deal. But I think the union wants to break the union for good and get a ten-year deal where they make all the profits.’”

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  • Justin

    This is kind of old. I remember these statements on NBATV about a week ago

  • http://sportsnickel.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/silvastpierre.jpg Jukai

    This title is misleading. He’s just protecting his friend, but he pretty much sides with the players 100%

  • http://www.facebook.com/#!/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Barkley and Jordan are friends????

  • okhai ohio

    as far as I know, the same players who are hard on MJ will do worse if they were in ownership position. By the way where was Steph and co when MJ was making just about $3mill of the bulls. He paid his… He has investments to safe guard if not he will end up on the streets begging you all for pay.

  • emma

    Right charles…Marbury and others? who are they?hahaha!

  • http://www.adultism.com justlenny

    Tin man!!!!!!!

  • Clay313

    I’m from Detroit I didn’t like or kiss Michael Jordan’s ass when he was playing & that’s what all of these current players get for looking up to this fake & all for self sellout he is always been a joke, and for Charles Barkley that’s why he didn’t win sh*t when he was playing cause he was to busy trying to be buddies with Michael & every time Charles opens his mouth he shows his ignorance, so keep up it Charles one day Michael will let you be his friend & let you carry his golf clubs for him cause that’s your goal in life is to be Michael Jordan’s flunky.

  • http://slamonline dan

    clay313 – “Barkley didn’t win the championship because he was to busy trying to be buddies with MJ?”

    what are you talking about!!!???

  • Jeno

    hahaha, Charles he’s not the only great player didnt win a championship, be honest guys, i wasn’t his fan but he was a great player…

  • Chavez

    MJ is the greatest of all time. Once MJ got to the top he never left or was knocked off by another team or player. When MJ & da Bulls got over the hump in Detroit they won 3 straight championships. MJ then retired & gave the rest of the NBA a gift. However the Houston Rockets & Hakim where the only team to capitalize on that & they won 2 championships. When MJ returned late in the season when the playoffs where starting he wore 45 & the Bulls got knocked out of the Eastern Conference finals by the Magic & Shaq. The next year when MJ had a full season they won it all again another 3 years in a row. Nobody ever dethroned MJ. He dethroned himself by retirement both times. There are so many NBA players from his era that don’t give him the credit he deserves because he beat the dog crap out of the his entire career. The new coach of Golden State Mark Jacksoncomes to mind. Anyway MJ is the greatest of all time because nobody ever beat him.

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    ^What does that have to do with anything, you basically just beat off MJ for no reason, with no relation to the story at hand.

  • Hambone

    ^ I’m pretty sure Houston won more than 2 titles…. I think they even made a video about it, can’t remember what they called it.. Well I’m away to call my friend Pete for the 3rd time

  • Jake Jenkins

    You’re pretty sure Houston won more than 2 titles?

    Then you would be pretty surely wrong. They won two and that was it.