1988: Michael Jordan scores 52 (24-29fg) in a loss to Barkley (42/16) & the 76ers
It’s 1988, Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley were arguably the best players at their positions in the NBA and both were hungry (no pun intended) and ringless. And on November 16th of that year, the two superstars from the 1984 Draft (best ever!) had a showdown in Philly that would give fantasy owners a wet dream…if only Fantasy Basketball leagues existed back then.
Jordan connected on an amazing 24-of-29 shots to go with 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks in 43 minutes of action. Barkley put up an equally impressive 42 points and 16 rebounds and got the rare W over Mike.
Years later, Jordan told a hilarious story about Barkley trying to play defense against him in the playoffs.
THE GOAT & THE ROUND MOUND OF REBOUND
The two met in 84 and were great friends by the time they won Gold in Barcelona together in 1992. They competed against each other a year later in the 1993 NBA Finalsl Jordan came away with the championship even though Barkley said “God wanted the Suns to win.”
In 2015, Barkley said his relationship with Jordan soured because of comments he made about Jordan not “doing a good job” as a NBA team owner.
“I thought my name was SOB and MF,” Barkley said of Jordan’s reaction to his criticism.
Here’s a visual look back at their relationship over the years.