Charles Barkley says he's still VERY sad about his broken friendship with ex-BFF Michael Jordan … but he's down to bury the hatchet if MJ would just give him a call.
“The guy was like a brother to me for, shoot, 20-something years,” Barkley said Tuesday on ESPN radio's “Waddle and Silvy” show. “At least 20-something years.”
“And I do, I feel sadness. But, to me, he's still the greatest basketball player ever. I wish him nothing but the best. But, there's nothing I can do about it, brother.”
Barkley says MJ cut off their friendship back in 2012 when Sir Charles criticized basketball's G.O.A.T. for being a crappy owner of the Charlotte Hornets.
“I'm pretty sure I said, ‘As much as I love Michael, until he stops hiring them kiss-asses, and his best friends, he's never going to be successful as a general manager,'” Barkley said.
FYI — Jordan HASN'T exactly been the greatest owner ever … the team's seen the postseason just two times since he became the majority owner in 2010.
Sir Charles says he felt like it was his duty as a broadcaster to be honest about Michael's failures … and even says he thought that's why he and Jordan had such a good relationship to begin with.
“Part of my job [as an analyst] is, because I can't go on TV and say, ‘Another general manager sucks' and then just because Michael's like a brother to me say, ‘He's doing a fantastic job,'” Barkley says. “That would be disingenuous.”