lthough Charles Barkley never won an NBA championship, he is still considered one of the greatest players in league history. The Chicago Bulls had a magical run throughout much of the 1990s, winning six championships via two separate three-peats.
All-time great Michael Jordan led the Bulls to six titles, but fellow Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen was largely credited as a key piece of Chicago’s dynasty. The Bulls’ dominance made it difficult for Barkley and the Phoenix Suns to win a title. In 1993, Barkley led a Suns team to the NBA Finals, but Phoenix ultimately lost the series in six games to Jordan and the Bulls.
But, the defeat did not prevent Barkley from developing a close friendship with Jordan. However, over the years, Barkley and Jordan’s friendship has dissolved, with the current NBA television analyst revealing last year that he had not spoken to Jordan in “almost 10 years.”
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Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley of the Suns face off during the NBA Finals in Phoenix, Arizona, in June 1993. Rob Schumacher/The Republic via USA Today Network© Rob Schumacher/The Republic via USA TODAY NETWORK
Despite their chemistry on the basketball court in the ’90s, Pippen has recently been vocal about his personal distaste for Jordan.
In May, Pippen made an appearance on the “Gimme The Hot Sauce” podcast where he suggested that Jordan was a “horrible player” early in his career.