”It’s a misnomer about him” – Stephen A. Smith reveals the only condition in which Michael Jordan can accept media criticism


There are benefits to being regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time, and Michael Jordan is well aware of them. There is, however, always a different perspective that is receiving harsh media criticism.

Although most people view Jordan as the greatest of all time and believe he has an impenetrable ice-cold attitude, underlying it all, Michael Jordan is still a person. Like everyone else in the world, he is also prone to losing his cool when subjected to repeated criticism.

Stephen A. Smith, a seasoned NBA analyst, claims that Jordan doesn’t mind criticism as long as one requirement is met by the media.

Stephen A. Smith on Michael Jordan

“Michael Jordan is one of these things. It’s a misnomer about him. Because that’s a friend. That’s a brother. I love Michael Jordan, obviously. And I thank him; anybody associated with basketball should thank Michael Jordan for what he’s done for the game of basketball. People get on him because they think that he can’t take criticism. That is not true. Michael Jordan will cuss me out, or somebody else out, quicker than you can say your name if you blindside him,” Smith said.

“If you call Michael Jordan, ‘This is how I feel. Here’s why,’ he’s got no problem with you. Give him an opportunity to explain. And, if he has no explanation or he couldn’t reach you, didn’t return your call, or whatever, whatever, he’s very big about that. That’s a complete misnomer about most of these guys,” he added.

According to Smith, being honest with MJ is the key to criticizing him, and there is a significant example of what happens when that requirement is not met.

Jordan and Barkley have a broken friendship

Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan frequently competed against each other during their playing careers. But they also had some pleasant interactions. Whether it be a round of golf or just hanging around. However, Barkley recently revealed the cause that made him lose Jordan’s friendship.

The critique of Michael Jordan’s lack of success as the owner of the Charlotte Hornets came from none other than Charles Barkley. The accomplishments Jordan made as an owner pale in comparison to those he made as a player. The fact that Barkley openly criticized MJ’s ownership manner must have been known to MJ, as it resulted in an unrepairable friendship rupture between them.

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