Charles Barkley Angers Shaquille O’Neal by “Disrespecting” Stephen Curry: “Ja Morant Should Definitely Start in the All Star Game and Steph Second”

Published 01/14/2022, 10:44 AM EST
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV – JULY 02: Shaquille O’Neal (L) and Charles Barkley attend The Greenbrier for the gala opening of the Casino Club on July 2, 2010 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage for The Greenbrier)


Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal were one of the best of their time. While Shaq ended his career with four championships, Barkley was left without a championship. However, that doesn’t take away the fact that Barkley used to rub shoulders with Michael Jordan during the early 90s and even won an MVP award in 1993.

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Shaq and Barkley played against each other on several occasions. As they used to play as rivals, it was always heated between the two. However, Barkley retired much earlier than Shaq. Naturally, the two developed a rivalry between them and still can be seen arguing and debating in the ‘NBA on TNT’ show.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 13: (L-R) Shaquille O’Neal, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley appear on stage during the Turner Upfront 2015 at Madison Square Garden on May 13, 2015 in New York City.
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While they go against each other on television, it appears that it’s all good on the outside. In a recent episode of ‘NBA on TNT’, the two got off against each other.

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Shaquille O’Neal angered by Charles Barkley disrespecting Stephen Curry

In a recent episode of ‘NBA on TNT’, Charles Barkley said that Ja Morant should start ahead of Curry in the all-star game.

“Ja Morant should definitely be starting and Steph second,” Charles Barkley said.

This angered Shaq, who couldn’t handle Steph’s disrespect. Shaq tried to say that Barkley always talks about winning. But Barkley interrupts again and mocks Ja Morant’s name in the end.

“I don’t even like the kid because anybody who can’t have but two letters in their names can’t be real,” Barkley added in the end.

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Barkley said that Morant should be starting in the all-star game over Curry. However, despite heaping praise on Ja Morant, Barkley doesn’t think that Morant deserves to win the MVP. He even trolled Morant after misspelling his name on the show.

Nov 24, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzles guard Ja Morant (12) dunks during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Ja Morant has played 31 games this season for the Grizzlies. He has recorded 24.6 points, 6.8 assists, and 5.8 rebounds per game this season so far. Memphis Grizzlies are currently on an 11-game winning run. In their incredible run of form, Morant has been one of the crucial players for them.

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While everyone is rooting for the likes of Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, for the MVP conversation. But Ja Morant has definitely presented his case to be in that conversation.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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