It was Charles Barkley’s 55th birthday on Tuesday, and you knew it wasn’t going to pass without some sort of monumental trolling from fellow NBA on TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal. Actually, it would be a shock if that didn’t happen.
As expected, O’Neal came through by poking fun at Barkley’s weight, something he’s been known to do in several ways over the years. However, his latest attempt might be the best one yet.
O’Neal posted this image resembling the latest cover of Rolling Stone magazine, which has Chadwick Boseman — the “Black Panther” himself — showing off his physique.
But O’Neal revealed this photoshopped version of Barkley in his place.
Happy birthday to the great Charles Barkley pic.twitter.com/EnjTzJ8wBB
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) February 21, 2018
Here’s a look at the real cover with Boseman.
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 19, 2018
This isn’t the first and definitely won’t be the last diss that either NBA legend will throw at each other, whether it’s in a humorous or not-so-humorous way. In fact, we’re just a few days from a pretty heated exchange between the two.
One source of a lot of their friction comes from O’Neal being a 4-time NBA champion and Barkley failing to win a ring. Of course, the two have several points of frustration with each other after getting into a fist fight during their playing days, but their differences when it comes to team success comes up a lot.
Here’s what transpired just a few days ago.
"I bring championships. That's what I do."
Shaq & Chuck going at it… 😳 pic.twitter.com/LQh3aMkLVq
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 16, 2018
This is commonplace between the two, and we’re sure to get laughs and animosity from Barkley and O’Neal for years to come.