Charles Barkley doesn’t cut Shaquille O’Neal much slack in their on-the-screen hijinks on TNT’s broadcasts of NBA playoff games.
It’s not surprising that the products of rival Southeastern Conference schools sometimes battle on almost anything. Those old wounds of the conference sometimes linger.
It’s sparked wrestling matches and footraces and battles for airtime among other challenges over the years. Barkley, an Auburn product, seems to be fixated on the NBA titles of LSU graduate O’Neal.
The rivalry surfaced again Tuesday night during their analysis of the Cleveland-Boston game. Barkley, who lost in his only trip to the NBA Finals appearance with Phoenix in 1993, said that O’Neal needed key teammates like Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade to help his teams win championships.
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O’Neal shut Barkley up rather quickly. Consider his scoreboard in the argument with four championship rings to zero for “The Chuckster.”
But not before their on-screen tirade clearly seemed to annoy host Ernie Johnson Jr., who snapped that he was bored of Barkley’s comments between bites of his bar-b-q chicken.
Expect the venom to only be ratcheted up between O’Neal and Barkley as they continue their analysis through the end of the NBA Finals early next month.
But it might really get heated if the argument ever turned to the relative merits of the coaching prowess during their SEC playing days of Dale Brown from LSU and Auburn’s Sonny Smith.