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Years After Berating Kevin Durant, Charles Barkley’s Hypocrisy Gets Unwrapped by Shaquille O’Neal

Published 09/09/2023, 6:40 AM EDT

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Shaquille O’Neal can’t seem to get enough of making fun of his friend Charles Barkley. Both Barkley and Shaq have been a hilarious duo on the sets of Inside the NBA for years now and fans love their camaraderie. Yet there has always been a difference in opinions, especially when it comes to Kevin Durant. The Phoenix Suns star’s stint with the Golden State Warriors was time and again criticized by Barkley. Remember the ‘Bus driver’ analogy? Well, Shaq decided to call out Barkley for his polarizing take on super teams. 

Barkley also criticized KD for joining the Brooklyn Nets, which was another super team. But did Barkley ever play for a super team? Shaq certainly seems to think so.

Shaquille O’Neal calls out Charles Barkley’s double standards

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Even though KD won two championships and two Finals MVPs with the Warriors, Barkley believes he was not the leader of the team. Nonetheless, many believe Kevin Durant was an unstoppable force and was one of the main reasons why the Warriors won rings back-to-back. 

There was yet again a controversy when Durant teamed up with Kyrie Irving and James Harden for the Brooklyn Nets. 1993 MVP Barkley made it clear, “I’m not a fan of super teams.” Well, that was not the case in 1998.

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Houston Rockets were feared during that season as Chicago Bulls icon Scottie Pippen joined forces with Barkley and ‘The Dream’ Hakeem Olajuwon. Shaquille O’Neal decided to use this to call out Barkley’s hypocrisy but in a hilarious way. 

Big Diesel shared the above post on his Instagram story. The 4x NBA champion has been a bit controversial with his Instagram stories of late as was the case here. Nevertheless, Barkley couldn’t win a ring after teaming up with other greats either.

What happened to Charles Barkley’s 1998 super team?

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Unlike Kevin Durant’s run with the Warriors, Barkley’s run with Houston was a failure. There was no doubt about the talent Barkley, Pippen, and Olajuwon had. Sadly, their age was a huge barrier. Pippen was 33, while both Barkley and ‘The Dream’ were 34+. 

However, the motive of the Houston Rockets was to create a big 3, a super team. The Rockets in 1998 lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the very first round of the playoffs, 1-3.

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Shaq has made it clear Barkley was a part of a super team. What do you think about Barkley’s 1998 stint? Can that be considered a super team? Share your take in the comments below.

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Rohan Dharmalingam

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Rohan Dharmalingam is an NBA content writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for a decade now and specializes in covering trade rumors and reports on the ever-changing trade market. The wizardry of Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry made him fall in love with the game like millions worldwide.
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Pragya Vashisth