Watch Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley’s Most Memorable Moments From ‘Inside The NBA’

Published 04/14/2020, 6:30 PM EDT

Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley were fierce competitors during their time in the NBA. There have been many heated moments between the duo but everything remained on the court. 


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Off the court, there is no love lost between them and they are such good entertainers. O’Neal and Barkley are now analysts on ‘Inside The NBA’ on TNT channel and the presence of the duo always takes the show to another level. 

Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley’s Funny Moments On Television


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Barkley joined the show as an analyst in 2000 and the show instantly gained popularity owing to his banter and chemistry with other guests. O’Neal’s first appearance was in 2012. 

The pair has recorded many memorable moments on the show which includes a whole lot of banter and funny segments.

The LA Clippers and the Houston Rockets had an incident in 2018 when the Rockets players used a secret door to get into the locker room of the Clippers. After a wild confrontation between the two sides, the LAPD was called to assist the security guards at the arena. 

O’Neal and Barkley laughed for so long upon hearing about the LAPD’s involvement in the incident.

“I’ve played in the NBA for 16 years and this is the first time I’m hearing about police presence. Are you kidding me? Police presence”, exclaimed Barkley as he started laughing.

O’Neal and Barkley were laughing so hard on set and Shaq even threw his papers from the desk out of amusement.

The NBA legends mocked about the players calling the LAPD to escort them out of the arena. The moment was purely entertaining as the duo just couldn’t control their laughter. 

Barkley’s bracelet from the steam room

Charles Barkley was seen sporting a bracelet in a segment of ‘Inside The NBA.’ When Kenny Smith asked him what it was all about, Barkley replied that he got it from a guy he met in a steam room.

Barkley elaborated that he saw a guy wearing an interesting bracelet inside a steam room. He said that he asked the guy what it was and he explained the design of the bracelet. After the steam session Barkley mentioned that the guy came in and said he could have it. 

“Wait. Was towels on or off?” asked Kenny Smith. “Towels were on,” replied Barkley. 

As Barkley was explaining about the bracelet and its details, the crew asks him if he knew his name to which Barkley replies “No, I didn’t know his name.” Everyone broke out in laughter and O’Neal spit water from his mouth and erupted from his chair, unable to control his laughter.

Shaq’s Moon Incident


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During a conversation on the show, Shaquille O’Neal happened to tell the crew and the viewers something ridiculous. 

O’Neal admitted that he thought that a flight from East Coast to California would take longer than a flight from the East Coast to the moon. He also reasoned that he can walk out his door and see the moon but he cannot see California.


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To put it into perspective, the distance from New York to Los Angeles is roughly about 2,800 miles. The distance from Earth to the moon is about 240,000 miles. Such was the absurdity in O’Neal’s statement.

He also guessed that it might take only ten hours. Barkley and the others couldn’t hold it in. They burst out laughing. Shaq then stood corrected as he came to know that to reach the moon it would take three days and he was about 26 hours short.



Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.