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“He would swat your shot at little kids in the front row”: Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith defend Rudy Gobert after Shaquille O’Neal beef

Amulya Shekhar
|Sat Jan 09 2021


Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith were having none of the Rudy Gobert slander from Shaquille O’Neal on Inside the NBA last night.

Shaq has picked on a new big man to target over the course of this new NBA season. The news of Rudy Gobert signing a $205 million contract has not been sitting well with the Lakers legend. Over the past 10 days or so, Shaq has taken every opportunity to undermine the 2-time DPOY.

This all began last week when Shaq went on the All Things Covered podcast and said young kids should look up to Rudy. He claimed that if  they could average 11 points, they’d get the $200 million. He went on Instagram later and posted a pic saying he’d average 45 and 16 over Rudy if they faced off.

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Charles Barkley shuts down Shaq for disrespecting Rudy Gobert

After a relatively long period of lambasting Gobert from Shaq, Kenny and Chuck could not keep themselves quiet for long. They went in at Shaq together. Kenny was on the defensive, talking about Rudy’s DPOY titles. But Chuck went all in on Shaq:

“I told you earlier,” Barkley exclaimed. “If you played against Rudy Gobert, he’d be blocking your shot at little kids in the front row. He’d be blocking that little slappy hook you shot.”

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That didn’t stop Shaq from telling young kids to once again learn from the French Rejection. “All the kids out there, watch Gobert,” O’Neal said, “If you can do what he can do you can get $200 million.”

Shaq has made a habit of trolling the most athletic big men of the day since joining TNT. He resented Dwight at first for stealing the Superman moniker from him. Later on, he demoralized JaVale McGee by repeatedly featuring him on Shaqtin’. Al Horford and Rudy Gobert have also been victims of his hate. He doesn’t look like he’s ever going to change his tunes.


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