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‘Fat Ass’: Things Got Tense Between Charles Barkley and Shaq on Inside the NBA

Throughout the basketball season, we’ve chronicled the escalating tension on the Inside the NBA set between Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal. Tuesday night, those tensions were visible on display once again.

It was a heated kidding-but-not-really kind of exchange between the retired NBA greats — which began with Shaq knocking Barkley for having never won an NBA championship.

“Chuck, you have no idea what we’re talking about because you’ve only been to the Finals once,” Shaq said.

Sir Charles fired back by accusing Shaq of playing second fiddle on his four championship teams to Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.

“I wasn’t riding on Dwyane Wade’s and Kobe’s coattails,” Barkley shot back.

The two went at it for a few seconds before host Ernie Johnson stepped in.

“Why did that get so personal?” Johnson said.

But rather than diffuse the situation, Johnson’s interjection only served to escalate the conflict.

“Because Chuck keeps interrupting me,” Shaq said. “Don’t interrupt me, Chuck, or I’m gonna punch you right in your face, I’m telling you.”

There happened to be a buffet on set, and Barkley threatened to start a food fight.

“If you hit me, we’re gonna be moving some furniture,” Barkley said. “I’m gonna throw one of these chicken wings at your fat ass.”

Fortunately for the two, TNT’s last game of the season is likely to be Thursday night.

Watch above, via TNT.

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