Anybody who watches Inside The NBA knows things can get a tad bit uncomfortable on air from time to time when Shaq and Charles Barkley get to jawing back and forth. But, earlier this week, things took an even more awkward turn than usual when the two former NBA big men got confrontational.
After Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, with the Cleveland Cavaliers going up three-games-to-one on the Boston Celtics, Shaq and Charles went from reviewing the game to making threats of bodily harm and furniture disruption as the uncomfortability factor for the audience elevated.
And it all stemmed from Shaqs mention of the ringless Barkleys lack of knowledge about playing for championships.
Said Shaq, You dont want to mess around, Chuck. You have no idea what were talking about because youve only been to the Finals once.
To which Barkley retorted, I wasnt riding on Dwyane Wade and Kobes coattails.
Did it go even further South from there you ask? You bet it did.
As if that wasnt more than enough, Shaq came back with, Chucks always interrupting. Dont interrupt me Chuck or Im going to punch you right in your face. Im telling you!
Never one to be undone or shut up for that matter, Barkley said: If you hit me, were gonna be moving the furniture. Im gonna throw one of these chicken wings at your fat a**!
Its a good thing the NBA season is almost over. We think both of these fellas need a cooling off period. If for no other reason because little kids and young athletes who look up to them are definitely watching this behavior. Its time to call a timeout on the foolishness guys. A long one.