“We’re not friends anymore,” Charles Barkley said of Tiger Woods on Philadelphia sports radio.
The Round Mound of Rebound, who won an Olympic gold medal with the Dream Team in 1992 but famously no NBA titles, thinks Tiger’s too obsessed with winning to win true friends. He told Mike Missanelli:
I think that when you’re as great as he has been, and this probably is a negative at some point, like he was so consumed with being the greatest golfer ever, he wasn’t a very sociable guy. Even when was a friend of mine, he wasn’t a very sociable guy. He just had a one-track mind. He just wanted to break Jack Nicklaus’ record.
Tiger might have discovered that a friendship with Sir Charles comes with certain costs. “There’s nobody cheaper than Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan,” Barkley blabbed to Conan O’Brien earlier this year. “Tiger Woods is pretty cheap, too.” Barkley speculated, “I think that’s why they’re rich. They don’t tip.”
Barkley, perhaps unintentionally outlining the sporting pair’s irreconcilable differences, blurted out on Philly radio: “Golf is just a game.”