Charles Barkley calls out Jokic for potentially getting swept and says great players do not get swept, implying Shaquille O’Neal wasn’t great.
The war of words between Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley rages on for perhaps the 1,273rd time on NBAonTNT as the two league legends argued on their past championships, or lack thereof, on the nationally televised TV show. Of course, when Chuck tried to make a point on Nikola Jokic’s series against the Suns, Shaq decided to bring up his rings.
In all fairness, however, winning 4 titles and 3 Finals MVPs is the ultimate reason as to why someone is free to give any advice they choose to why referring to hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy. This gives Shaquille O’Neal the utmost amount of leverage over ‘Sir Charles’ as the latter has zero titles to his name.
Another big man who’s on the verge of not winning a chip this year and more importantly, is on the verge of getting swept, is Nikola Jokic. While talking about the Serbian MVP, things got chippy yet again between Shaq and Chuck.
Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley argue over having gotten swept in the Playoffs
Charles Barkley took to NBAonTNT to claim that great players do not get swept in the first round. “Great player can win at least one game in a series,” said Chuck.
Shaq, of course, is quite familiar to being swept in the postseason and brought up the fact that he has 4 titles to his none and it doesn’t matter if you get swept if you end up winning it all sometime in the future.
“You can win one game by yourself.”
“Or I can win four championships by myself.”
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 13, 2021
Shaquille O’Neal has gotten swept 6 times in his career. 5 of those moments came in the first seven years of his career. To play devil’s advocate, those losses were all to all-time great teams such as the 1995 Houston Rockets, the 1996 Chicago Bulls, and the 1999 San Antonio Spurs.
However, a sweep by Ben Gordon’s Bulls in the 1st round of the Playoffs in 2007 is somewhat of a stain on the ‘Big Aristotle’s’ resume.