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While the world keeps wondering how long it can last, Inside the NBA remains the gold standard of sports studio shows. Thursday night put the lighter side of the program on spectacle, as Charles Barkley and Shaq bickered about defense in the Nets-Blazers game which was 73-67 Portland at the half.
Here’s Barkley calling Shaq a Karen:
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And here’s Shaq not subtly referencing the fact that he won championships while Barkley didn’t, followed by Barkley muttering to Shaq that Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant carried his fat ass:
Charles Barkley and Shaq going at it. 😂😂
"Don't forget about Kobe and D-Wade carrying your fat ass" pic.twitter.com/TfeoMxs8Vq
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Nothing really got settled here, but that’s also kind of the point — Barkley and Shaq can rib each other without taking it personally or holding grudges about it. The audience can enjoy good-hearted conflict that also doesn’t feel like tension, which is actually a pretty difficult balance to strike.