“Punched in the Head”: Screaming and Pushing on Live TV, Charles Barkley Dismantles Shaquille O’Neal as Gabe Vincent Helplessly Watches and Laughs

Published 05/22/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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The Miami Heat won the Game 3 fight against the Boston Celtics. Except, it wasn’t really a fight as the Vice City blew them out by 26 points. The away team couldn’t get into their groove, falling every step of the way. No Celtic scored 20 and by the fourth quarter, either of the head coaches pulled their starters. While the Celtics might not have fought tonight, the NBA fans did get a treat. Like many times before, it was the camaraderie between Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley that had the NBA world in tears of laughter.

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On national television with TNT, the duo screamed and shoved each other before having another priced moment after the game. The star of the night, Gabe Vincent, could not help but laugh at the proceedings.

Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal were at it again

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At first, it all began with a shove during the middle of the game. The Big Diesel intentionally pushed himself into Barkley and gave him a glare filled with rage, which led to Barkley getting ready to throw hands at the 7’1 giant. Watching the moment again, Barkley even said Shaq looked like he was “very punched in the head.” But Shaq wasn’t done messing with his fellow Hall of Famer just yet.

After the game, the crew sat down with Gabe Vincent, who scored a game-high 29 points in Miami’s 128-102 win. Barkley wanted to know what head coach Erik Spoelstra does to give him that confidence to take shots fearlessly and at those crucial times. In the middle of the Phoenix Suns legend’s genuine conversation, Shaq interrupted.

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“Didn’t I just ask that question?” asked Shaq while looking at Vincent. All the four-time NBA champion wanted to do was to get under Barkley’s skin. And well, he succeeded with rather flying colors. Charles Barkley instantly raised the pitch of his voice and began screaming at Shaq.

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“You said Jimmy Butler fool,” he kept repeating in Shaq’s face. The Big Diesel tried to keep it going for as long as possible but cracked only seconds later. He told him to “Go ahead” all the while laughing wildly. While this was happening, all Gabe Vincent could do was smile helplessly and enjoy their dynamic.

Much like Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal, the Heat have a similar dynamic – closely bound and staying aggressive. They operate as a unit and have managed to tear apart all of their opponents so far. Jimmy Butler might be leading the way with his regular heroics, but he is far from the only guy who can get the job done. Meanwhile, O’Neal and Barkley added another classic moment to their long list of hilarious incidents, like the time Shaq challenged the Chuckster to a race just days after having a surgery.

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Do you think we will see the Miami Heat redeem themselves from the 2020 NBA Finals loss or will the Celtics make history? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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