Charles Barkley doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind, and in a sit-down interview with CNN’s Rachel Nichols, he wasn’t any different.
Barkley hit an array of topics, but here are a few tidbits from his interview on Nichols’ “Unguarded” sit-down with the former NBA star:
First he was asked about LeBron James’ upcoming free agency, where he suggested that he should return to Cleveland.
“I think it’ll be great for him to go back to Cleveland. No. 1, I don’t think there are great fans in Miami…let’s not act like they’re super fans. I thought there was great fans in Cleveland.”
When asked about the level of today’s basketball, he was clear and concise. Nothing else needed to be said.
“I’m embarrassed…it’s just bad basketball.”
The topic then shifted to his relationship with Michael Jordan and about the job that MJ has been doing with the Charlotte Bobcats.
“Michael (Jordan) is just someone 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. I think he took some things I said about the Bobcats personally and it’s put a wedge between our friendship.”
“Michael (Jordan) has not surrounded himself with enough good people who will disagree with him. That’s the biggest problem he’s had. To be successful, you have to surround yourself with people you respect saying ‘no that’s not a good draft pick, that’s not a good trade’. That’s what you have to do.”
Lastly, Barkley addressed his non-TV future, which according to him will begin in about two years.
“I’m going to run a team. That’s my next goal. I want to run a team; I know I’m going to run a team. I know I’m going to be successful.”
“I have two years left on my deal and I’ve told them that in two years I’m going to retire. I’ve talked to teams in the last couple years, but they lost me when I heard the term pay cut.”
You can watch the interview in its entirety here.