Even Charles Barkley’s friends aren’t safe from his critical words and Thursday his good friend and NBA Owner Michael Jordan is finding that out the hard way today.
Barkley claims that Jordan does not have enough people on his team that will say “no” to him when it comes to making decisions that affect the team.
“I think the biggest problem has been I don’t know if he has hired enough people around him who he will listen to,” Barkley said Thursday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “One thing about being famous is the people around you; you pay all their bills so they very rarely disagree with you because they want you to pick up the check. They want to fly around on your private jet so they never disagree with you. I don’t think Michael has hired enough people around him who will disagree.”
To prove Barkley’s case he sites that the Bobcats have only won four games this season and has had only one winning season since Jordan became part owner in 2006. Barkley continues to bring up the past as he remembers the struggles that Jordan had as an executive with the Washington Wizards.
“I love Michael, but he just has not done a good job,” Barkley said. “Even though he is one of my great friends, I can’t get on here and tell you he’s done a great job. He has not done a great job, plain and simple.”
Barkley is speaking nothing but clear and hard facts; the numbers don’t lie. During my years as a business owner, the one consistent advice that I’ve received is that you need at least one ‘no-person’ in your corner; it’s unfortunate that Jordan hasn’t gotten that memo.