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The attention to the drama between LeBron James and Charles Barkley is slowly but surely petering out, but it’s making for some interesting TV. When discussing the matter on TNT Inside The NBA, Shaq told Chuck he would have stepped to him with the hands if he told him, like he told King James, he didn’t want to “compete.” 

Shaq made the point that it was the personal nature of Barkley’s critique that set LeBron James off.

“When you said that man doesn’t want to compete, that’s what ticked him off. And I woulda did the same thing,” Shaq told Barkley. “I woulda came right back at your rack. I woulda came up here and punched you in your face. That’s what I woulda did.”

To this, Chuck said, “Well first of all you’re not a good fighter…”

There was a slight chuckle heard, then crickets.

Bruh…look at Shaq’s face. Specifically, his eyes. It’s like he was measuring out how long it would take him to get to the other side of the table and mete out swift justice.

The big man looked like was ready to risk it all for that fade. Also, Shaquille O’Neal is still very much 7′ 1″ and 10 years younger than Barkley.

Just saying.

Watch below.

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