Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, two of the biggest and most popular names on sports TV, can be mercilessly funny and extremely petty. Three years ago, the duo had a hilarious quarrel about who gets to speak with limited time on the clock during the ‘Inside the NBA’ crew’s discussion.
Barkley spoke for too long and even took O’Neal’s turn, which irritated the “Big Diesel.” Barkley gave Shaq just 30 seconds to express his thoughts and even called him “Mr. Sensitive.” Shaq was so irate that he refrained from joining the discussion and even threatened to knock out Barkley.
Chuck vs. Shaq moments never get old 😭😂pic.twitter.com/wx9HKSSqKQ
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 24, 2023
How did NBA fans react to Shaquille O’Neal vs Charles Barkley?
The fans remember this incident to date and have been making fun of the incident ever since. One fan used a recent picture of Shaquille lying in the hospital bed after an operation and put a caption “Shaq after lifting Chuck.”
Another fan made fun of the incident stating, “Now I see why @SHAQ needed that hip replacement.” The whole exchange between Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley left the fans laughing out loud.
Best buds forever 🥰❤️🩹 pic.twitter.com/V3ZVPrjWEk
— LolaGucci (@lolagucci33) March 25, 2023
Shaq after lifting Chuck pic.twitter.com/QihpvoXhmf
— Sugar Smith (@SugarSmith123) March 24, 2023
Now i see why @SHAQ needed that hip replacement 👀
— Jo Diaz (@jo_daze) March 24, 2023
How Shaquille O’Neal Reacted to the Incident?
Looking back on that incident, Shaquille O’Neal talked about it on his podcast and revealed how offended he was by what Barkley did. Shaq said, “Y’all laughing, that s**t ain’t funny. I was mad that day.” It’s evident that the incident still gets on Shaq’s nerves, and he hasn’t forgotten about it.
The reaction of Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith
Throughout the whole exchange between Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson simply could not hold back his laughter. He was having so much fun, he was crying. At one point, he had to stand up and turn his back to the camera to compose himself.
On the other hand, Kenny Smith was desperately trying to hold back his own laughter. Smith even tried to change the topic but failed to ease the tension. The whole situation was hilarious for the viewers, but it’s apparent that Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley were taking things seriously.
Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley’s hilarious quarrel on the ‘Inside the NBA’ crew’s discussion is a classic example of the duo’s humorous yet petty behavior. The incident left the fans laughing out loud, and some have even made fun of it on social media.
While Shaq revealed how offended he was by Barkley’s behavior, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith couldn’t help but laugh at the whole situation. Despite the tension, the incident is still remembered and cherished by fans.