Tiger Woods got some advice Friday from Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan who told Woods to turn his game into his very own personal therapy.
However, Jordan is not the only amateur golfer and Basketball Hall of Famer who have pitched in their unsolicited advice for Woods after the latter’s life and career have been destroyed by his womanizing and subsequent divorce.
Charles Barkley, who is a TNT commentator, told Portland, Oregon’s 750 AM that he is “very concerned” about Woods, who he believes is making “a lot of bad decisions.” He then offered Woods an advice that can only come from him.
“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.
“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.”
It is clear from Barkley’s tone, that just like Jordan, he feels a fraternal bond with Woods. But while Jordan has challenged the competitive desire of Woods by calling him a “wounded dog” who is “very fragile”, Barkley lamented his inability to help Woods when he needed it most.
Both Jordan and Barkley have experienced the highs and lows of superstardom and scrutiny and Woods is lucky to have these two people.