‣ The Chicago Bulls have struggled to compete in the NBA since their last title win in 1998, leading to criticism from fans and former players.
‣ Charles Barkley, a former NBA player and critic of the Bulls, has called the franchise “an embarrassment to the NBA”, suggesting that they should have started rebuilding their team years ago.
‣ The Bulls are preparing to induct former players Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen into their Ring of Honor, despite recent tensions between the two players.
The Bulls haven’t been in the running for an NBA title for decades now. The last time they tasted victory was way back in 1998, during the Michael Jordan era. Since then, they’ve struggled to make a mark in the playoffs, season after season. This has led to a loss of enthusiasm among Chicago fans for what used to be a thrilling franchise.
Charles Barkley, in a recent interview, echoed this sentiment. A long-time critic of the Bulls, Barkley didn’t mince words when he called the franchise “an embarrassment to the NBA” on the Dan Patrick Show.
Barkley, known for his unfiltered comments, elaborated on why he thinks the Bulls no longer deserve their iconic status. “They should have had a clear-cut sale a few years ago. Dude, y’all stink, y’all stink, y’all stink… I’m trying to figure out when they start their rebuild,” said the Hall of Famer.
The current season is no different. The Bulls have a dismal 10-16 record and are ranked 12th in the Eastern Conference. Their last playoff series win was in 2015, when they beat the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round.
A few weeks ago, Barkley, the former Suns star, discussed the team’s reality on NBA on TNT. This was before the Chicago vs. Boston matchup, which ended 124-97 in favor of the Celtics. Barkley humorously suggested that the franchise should move out of the Windy City.
“I don’t know what the hell the Bulls are doing. We’re trying to get a team in Seattle and Vegas. Let’s move this one,” Barkley said. “I don’t understand what they’re doing in Chicago. This team, they ain’t even relevant anymore.”
Barkley is eagerly awaiting the Ring of Honor ceremony in Chicago. This event will induct Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, two of the Bulls’ most iconic players.
The relationship between Pippen and Jordan has been under the spotlight ever since Netflix’s “The Last Dance” documentary. The public got a glimpse into Pippen’s thoughts about Jordan, and things took a turn for the worse when Pippen’s ex-wife Larsa started dating Jordan’s eldest son, Marcus.
The Chicago franchise is preparing a Ring of Honor induction on January 12. Both ex-superstars are expected to share the stage as they receive the award. Barkley is excited to witness this, saying, “You know what? I gotta go. I’m just gonna sit back in the corner and stare.”
Jordan has admitted to feeling uncomfortable with his son dating Pippen’s former partner. Barkley, however, is looking forward to the event. “I’m gonna go to Chicago that day just to see it,” he said. “You talk about weirdest, uncomfortable… uncomfortable won’t do it justice. … I can’t wait to go to this.”
Barkley also questioned the timing of the Ring of Honor. “Were they waiting on Michael and the guys to die before they come up with the ring of honor? I mean don’t they have a statue out front? I think you’d [Michael Jordan] rather have a statue than be in the Ring of Honor,” he remarked.