Charles Barkley Finally Admits Why Shaquille O’Neal Hates His Guts

Published 02/12/2022, 9:00 AM EST

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Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal are both Hall of Famers and they work as analysts on the NBA on TNT show. Shaq and Chuck had a love-hate relationship and they make fun of each other at every opportunity. But they respect and love each other very much and consider themselves to be brothers.

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They have also had some heated arguments in the past, which may seem to have crossed a line for others. But for them, they just express their opinions in the way they know, but never cross a personal line. Shaq makes fun of Chuck for never winning a title, and Chuck says Shaq won his titles only because of Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.

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Charles was recently on the podcast, The Sessions with Renee Paquette. He shared his thoughts on his haters, The Last Dance, Space Jam, The Dream team, and so on. He also talked about how the NBA on TNT works.

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“He’s got thin skin. And I’m old school,” says Charles Barkley

Chuck was asked about his chemistry with Shaq. Chuck says “First of all, he’s awesome. He’s got thin skin. And I’m old school, and you know if something bothers somebody, you got to keep poking the bear, and he gets so mad at me sometimes,”

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“You know I’m gonna keep poking the bear… Cause that’s the best thing about sports. Being in a locker room, on the bus trips, on the plane trips.”

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The duo has made the show a hit. The cast is so fun to watch and they just don’t keep it about basketball. They talk about everything and anything which keeps the viewers intrigued. They also try to roast each other in every possible way and they have a lot of fun doing it.

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Even with all the banter and pranks and what else, the basketball analysis is excellent. The majority of the cast are former players, so they would understand what the current player will go through. Along with that, they hold players accountable, and since players usually respect the cast; they listen to them. They have intense debates with each other and add a mix of humor to it, which makes it a must-watch show on television.

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.
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