Charles Barkley Talks Future Plans, 'Strained' Relationship with Michael Jordan

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 13, 2013

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Charles Barkley has quickly become a favorite on-air personality of just about every NBA fan, but that doesn't mean he plans to stay in the television game forever. He has bigger plans in mind, which is one of many insights he revealed to Rachel Nichols during an interview that will air on Dec. 13. 

The full interview will be broadcast on CNN's Unguarded with Rachel Nichols, which airs at 10:30 p.m., both EST and PST. You can also view it below:

One of his most exciting answers during the interview came when Nichols asked him about his desire to run an NBA franchise. In typical Chuck fashion, he didn't hold back, saying, "I'm going to run a team. That’s my next goal. I want to run a team, I'm going to run a team. I know I'm going to be successful."

If you've spent any time watching Inside the NBA on TNT, you know that Barkley would make quite an entertaining general manager. As Ben Golliver wrote on Sports Illustrated's Point Forward blog, "Barkley as a front-office executive would be must-see TV." There's no guarantee of success or failure, but there is assurance of entertainment and interest. 

When prompted, Barkley gave a time frame as well, indicating that a move could come right after his contract with TNT expires in two years. According to the Hall of Famer, he's already told Inside the NBA that he's planning on retiring after the contract runs out, simply because he doesn't want to do the same thing for too long. 

SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 16:  NBA commissioner, David Stern, talks with Hall of Famer Charles Barkley before Game Five of the 2013 NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat on June 16, 2013 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USE
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Chuck also dished on his strained relationship with Michael Jordan:

You know, Michael is somebody I really like as a person, and for some reason we just hit it off. It's frustrating for me right now because we're not where we used to be.  You know, I think he took some things I said about the Bobcats personally, and it's put a wedge between our friendship, and that's been disheartening for me—very disheartening.  'Cause one minute we're close and now—it’s strained.

He continued by explaining that MJ has surrounded himself with "yes" men throughout the Charlotte Bobcats organization. Barkley claims that to be successful, you have to surround yourself with people who are willing to call you on your bad decisions, and that just hasn't happened in Charlotte. 

As he acknowledges, those comments probably aren't going to help him salvage a relationship with Jordan. But you know Chuck; he's always going to tell it like he sees it. 

For the full interview, one that will no doubt be equal parts entertaining and informative, make sure you tune in at 10:30 p.m., regardless of which coast you call home. 


Note: All quotes were obtained via communication with Nichols.