Charles Barkley recalls moment he realized Michael Jordan was better than him

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Charles Barkley talked about the moment he realized that Michael Jordan was better than him.

Barkley and the Phoenix Suns faced Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the 1993 NBA Finals. In Game 2 of that series, Barkley realized that ‘there was a better basketball player in the world’ than him.

“Game 2 I played as well as I could play, and Michael just outplayed me. That was probably the first time in my life that I felt like there was a better basketball player in the world than me, to be honest with you,” Barkley said in his appearance in Episode 6 of ‘The Last Dance’.

Barkley averaged 27.3 points, 13.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists in the Finals, yet the Bulls won the series (4-2) and the title.