“Interrupt Me And My Coach Again, I’ll Knock You Out”: Shaquille O’Neal on Getting Interrupted By Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith

Published 01/18/2022, 2:56 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 23: Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal attends the unveiling of the Shaq Courts at the Doolittle Complex donated by Icy Hot and the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation in partnership with the city of Las Vegas on October 23, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Icy Hot)

For years, NBA on TNT has been a go-to segment for basketball fans. Not only do the hosts know their basketball, but frequent quips and banters keep almost everyone entertained. NBA icons Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley have their own back and forth, while Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith contribute in their own fun way.

This time, O’Neal seemed to be irked due to constant interruption by Barkley and Smith. Johnson was unable to control his laughter and tried to placate the four-time NBA Champion.

Fans are used to such interactions, positive that they would never find such conversations anywhere else.

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Shaquille O’Neal reacts to Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley interrupting him

The four analysts were discussing the Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies game when O’Neal talked about Steven Adams and his game. Of course, Barkley and Smith weren’t about to let O’Neal complete his thought and continuously interrupted him.

“Interrupt me and my coach again, Imma knock you out,” O’Neal said in response, successfully riled up.

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Before he was cut off, O’Neal was speaking of his former LSU coach Dale Brown. O’Neal, while speaking of Adams, added that Brown always spoke of hard work paying off. When they would not let him complete the thought, the 49-year-old responded.

Everyone’s immediate reaction was laughter, despite the slight aggression behind O’Neal’s words.

MCDONOUGH, GEORGIA – APRIL 07: Shaquille O’Neal speaks during Pepsi Stronger Together and CTG Foundation Atlanta Law Enforcement on April 07, 2021 in McDonough, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Pepsi Stronger Together)

The coach O’Neal is speaking of is former LSU coach Dale Brown. He headed the team for 25 years, retiring in 1997. O’Neal was speaking highly of his coach, who is also a part of the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Fans seemed to have fun reacting to another fun NBA on TNT interaction. “Other famous quotes Shaq’s coach told him: water is wet, the sky is blue, and the early bird catches the worm,” one fan wrote.

“Love these guys so much. Legit the only reason I watch nba on tnt,” wrote another. Most others just laughed, noting how O’Neal snapped.

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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