Charles Barkley had a lot to say about Michael Jordan and the role he plays as an evaluator of basketball talent.
He was not ripping the greatest player of all time as a player or for anything he achieved on the court.
He was simply saying what everyone has been thinking ever since Jordan drafted Kwame Brown to the Washington Wizards with the first overall pick in 2001.
Jordan's sense of talent evaluation hasn't been all that strong.
"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.
"I love Michael, but he just has not done a good job. 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."
What's so wrong about his statement? It's what a lot of people were thinking, and Barkley delivered the message where he knew it would be heard.
Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats are on pace to post one of the worst seasons in league history.
The most interesting part of Barkley's comments are in regards to the people surrounding Jordan.
The greatest ever to play the game, it takes a uniquely confident basketball mind to challenge Jordan in his beliefs about how to build a team.
Barkley used Adam Morrison as an example to illustrate a strong point.
"I said 'Michael, I think you should take Brandon Roy, and he said 'We like Adam Morrison,' " Barkley said. "I said 'Adam Morrison can't play. I said let me ask you a question, did you say Adam Morrison first and [the Bobcats front office staff] agreed with you or did they say Adam Morrison first?
He said 'What do you mean?' I said 'Michael, nobody wants to disagree with you. You are such a powerful personality nobody, especially your flunkies as I call them, the flunkies are never going to disagree with you.' Adam Morrison is a nice kid. He can't play in the NBA."
Barkley certainly provides a unique perspective.
The charismatic big man draws a lot of attention for the things he has to say as an analyst, but Barkley has never been afraid to give his honest assessment of a particular situation.
That's an admirable quality.
Whether one loves him, hates him, constantly agrees or vehemently disagrees, an honest assessment of certain scenarios is all that can be asked for from Barkley.
Here is a look at some of the more questionable decisions made with Jordan in the front office:
- Kwame Brown, No. 1, 2001
Notable players drafted after: Tyson Chandler (2), Pau Gasol (3), Joe Johnson (10), Zach Randolph (19), Gerald Wallace (25), Tony Parker (28).
- Jared Jeffries, No. 11, 2002
Notable players drafted after: Tayshaun Prince (23), John Salmons (26) Carlos Boozer (35).
- Adam Morrison, No. 3, 2006
Notable players drafted after: Brandon Roy (6), Rudy Gay (8), Rajon Rondo (21), Kyle Lowry (24).
- Alexis Ajinca, No. 20, 2008
Notable players drafted after: Ryan Anderson (21), Serge Ibaka (23), Nicolas Batum (25), DeAndre Jordan (35).
Charlotte's improvement in that area has been noticed in recent seasons.
Gerald Henderson (2009), Kemba Walker (2011) and Bismack Biyombo (2011) are all much stronger picks than those listed above, but the Bobcats have the roster with the least amount of talent in the NBA.
Charlotte has to build through the draft.
It's going to be a huge challenge to convince any marquee free agent to play for the Bobcats without drastically overpaying, and that's not the type of thing a small-market team can do and simultaneously achieve long-term success.
Jordan faces a big task in order to turn around the overwhelming public perception about his performance as a front office man to date.