Screaming on Live TV Ensues as Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley Get Outsmarted by Rockets Legend

Published 05/04/2022, 7:30 PM EDT

“The Inside the NBA” crew never fails to entertain the audience. Out of all the panelists, the duo of Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley is a fan favorite. The two Hall of Famers are always up to some prank or mischief which grabs all the attention.

During the match between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets legend Kenny Smith outsmarted Shaq and Barkley. Furthermore, this led to the two shouting at each other during the hilarious encounter.


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Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley argue on live TV

There is no denying Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley form one of the most beloved duos in the basketball world. However, it is not on the basketball court. The two ensure the audience is never bored during the Inside the NBA show.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: (L-R) Former NBA players Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller and Shaquille O’Neal attend the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Shaq and Barkley’s pranks on each other go viral every time. In one such instance, Houston Rockets legend Kenny Smith outsmarted the two.

The usual Inside the NBA crew collaborated with the TBS baseball broadcasters during the halftime of the Memphis Grizzlies vs Golden State Warriors game.

Interestingly enough, MLB legend got the better of Shaquille O’Neal with the help of Kenny. Smith instructed Curtis Granderson to screen Shaq. Following Smith’s orders, Granderson received a pass and went on to make a layup.

This maneuver sent the entire set into a frenzy. Moreover, it led to Charles Barkley shouting at Shaq for allowing Granderson to make the layup.

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Barkley said, “What are you doing man!” The crew had a hearty laugh at this moment. The baseball crew went back to their coverage of the match between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants.

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On the other hand, the guys on Inside the NBA continued their coverage of the Warriors vs Grizzlies game. Led by Ja Morant, the Grizzlies defeated the Warriors 106-101 to level the series 1-1.


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Morant scored an insane 47 points to help his team win the match. Interestingly enough, the Grizzlies are the youngest team to reach the semifinals in the last 25 years as they head into San Francisco for game 3.



Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.