On Friday, we noted that Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan had some advice for disgraced golfer Tiger Woods. Jordan's advice was very Jordan-esque: turn the game into your personal therapy.
Turns out that Jordan isn't the only Basketball Hall of Famer and amateur golfer with ideas on how Woods can pull his life together after getting divorced, firing his caddy and dealing with injuries. TNT commentator Charles Barkley told Portland, Oregon's 750 AM that he is "very concerned" about Woods, who he believes is making "a lot of bad decisions."
Barkley then offered Woods some very Barkley-esque advice: fire all the kiss asses.
"I have not been able to help Tiger at all. I'm concerned about Tiger. I wish him the best. He's like a brother to me. I wish him the best. But I'm very concerned about him to be honest with you.From the tone of Barkley's comments, it's clear that he, like Jordan, feels a fraternal bond with Woods. Whereas Jordan appeared to challenge Woods' competitive desire by calling him a "wounded dog" and saying that he has been "very fragile", Barkley takes a more sympathetic tact here, lamenting the fact that he hasn't been able to help Woods in his time of need.
"I feel bad. I do, I just feel bad for Tiger. He's like a brother to me. He's making a lot of bad decisions and it's unfortunate.
"One of the keys to being successful is surrounding yourself with people who are always going to be honest. You've got to understand, most people who are around you [when you're famous] work for you or are just kiss asses... That's a major problem. You need to surround yourself with good people who are not going to kiss your ass and tell you what you want to hear. Who are always going to be honest.
"That's a really, really big problem especially when you're in the limelight. Because the people around you work for you, they want you to buy the dinners all the time, buy the drinks... you have to have a group around you that will tell you that what you're doing is wrong and help you make good decisions."
Whether or not Woods realizes it, he's lucky to have Jordan and Barkley. Both have experienced the exhilarating highs and embarrasing lows that come with immense superstardom and scrutiny. Their advice not only comes from the heart, it comes from an experienced vantage point.
But who knows if Woods is listening.