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Charles Barkley could not help but take shot at Zion Williamson

Charles Barkley holds a microphone

November 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Turner Sports sportscaster Charles Barkley before The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Barkley couldn’t help himself from taking a shot at Zion Williamson on Friday night.

TNT televised the play-in game between the New Orleans Pelicans and LA Clippers. Brandon Ingram scored 30 points while leading the Pelicans to a 105-101 win over the Clippers for the 8th spot in the West.

TNT interviewed Ingram after the game, and that’s when Chuck slipped in his joke.

“I was going to ask him, clearly him and Zion don’t hang out together. Their bodies don’t look the same. Y’all don’t eat at the same places?” Barkley jokingly asked.

Ingram is so skinny he makes Kevin Durant look buff. Meanwhile, Williamson has long faced questions about his weight.

Even after a big win for New Orleans, Barkley couldn’t resist cracking his joke. That’s why he gets paid the big bucks.

Charles Barkley rips Lakers for scapegoating Frank Vogel

Charles Barkley holds a microphone

Frank Vogel led the Los Angeles Lakers to a victory in his final game with the team on Sunday night, and Charles Barkley is among those who feel the head coach was not given a fair shot this season.

Shortly after the Lakers came from behind to defeat the Denver Nuggets in overtime, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Vogel will be fired as soon as Monday. That led to an awkward press conference in which Vogel told reporters that Lakers management had yet to speak with him about his future.

The Lakers have faced some criticism over the way they have handled Vogel’s dismissal. Some of the most animated came from Barkley, who said during TNT’s postgame show that Vogel has become a scapegoat for “whoever put these old a– geezers together.”

“They’ve scapegoated Frank, obviously, and (Russell Westbrook) all year,” Barkley said. “I told you from day one, the only chance this team has of being competitive is Anthony Davis. Clearly he’s not doing what he’s supposed to do. But to blame Frank and Russell (when) putting this old a– team together — ain’t enough Icy Hot, Bengay, WD-40 … they should try that for them old a– geezers.”

Barkley has been mocking the Lakers all season for the age of their roster. He ripped general manager Rob Pelinka with some similar comments several weeks ago.

The Lakers finished 33-49 and missed the playoffs. They probably had no choice but to fire Vogel and bring in a fresh face. Still, Pelinka and others should hold themselves accountable for constructing a poor roster. No coach is going to turn things around in L.A. unless Pelinka puts a much better team on the floor.

Photo: November 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Turner Sports sportscaster Charles Barkley before The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Barkley trolled UNC alum Kenny Smith so hard over NCAA title game

Charles Barkley holds a microphone

Charles Barkley didn’t have Shaq to kick around during March Madness coverage this year, but he definitely still had Kenny Smith.

During Monday’s NCAA title game between Kansas and North Carolina, Barkley lived his best life at the expense of Smith, a Tar Heels alum. Amid a timeout after Kansas made a late basket to take a 65-61 lead, Barkley walked up to Smith and started dancing to “YMCA” by The Village People. Barkley, though he attended Auburn for college, had predicted before the game that Kansas would win.

Take a look at the funny video where Smith wasn’t having any of it and turned his chair away from Barkley.

Though North Carolina would make a late run to close the gap and even take a brief 69-68 lead, Kansas held on to win 72-69. Thus, it was one of the rare times that a Barkley prediction actually came true.

Meanwhile, “YMCA” is definitely looking like it is becoming one of Barkley’s favorite songs. Earlier in the tournament, Barkley showed off some even better dance moves to the ’70s hit.

Photo: November 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Turner Sports sportscaster Charles Barkley before The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Charles Barkley showed off his dance moves at Final Four

Charles Barkley holds a microphone

Charles Barkley does not really seem like the dancing type, but apparently the Hall of Famer just can’t help himself when the “YMCA” comes on.

Barkley was spotted busting a move at the Final Four in New Orleans on Saturday night. He was really feeling The Village People.

That’s a man who is comfortable in his own skin, folks.

We can only imagine what Chuck would say if one of his TNT colleagues pulled a stunt like that. Barkley recently took a funny shot Shaq over Shaq’s rap career. Don’t be surprised if Shaq uses that clip to get him back.

Photo: November 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Turner Sports sportscaster Charles Barkley before The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Miami coach had great zinger for Charles Barkley after beating Auburn

Charles Barkley holds a microphone

Miami coach Jim Larrañaga offered a great comment after his Hurricanes knocked off Auburn in the NCAA Tournament.

Miami beat the No. 2-seeded Tigers 79-61 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. It was a big win for the No. 10-seeded Hurricanes, who also upset USC in the first round.

Larrañaga, who is in his 11th season coaching Miami, joked after the victory that he won the game to spare America from some Charles Barkley nastiness.

“I was tuned into the games before us and I listened to Charles Barkley tell the CBS crew that if Auburn won, he would take off his shirt. And I thought to myself, ‘Man, no one wants to see that Charles,'” Larrañaga joked.

Auburn is coached by Bruce Pearl, who is known for taking his shirt off, which is what Barkley was planning to do. Barkley also went to Auburn and remains a big fan of his alma mater, which explains his planned celebration. Miami just stepped in and screwed up the plan.

The Hurricanes dominated the game in transition and held Auburn to 30.4 percent shooting in the game. Auburn is now heading home after a 28-6 season. Barkley is sticking around on Turner’s March Madness programming.

Photo: November 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Turner Sports sportscaster Charles Barkley before The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Barkley now calling Lakers by disrespectful name

Charles Barkley holds a microphone

The Los Angeles Lakers are finishing out a disappointing season, which on Thursday included yet another defeat.

The Lakers lost 132-111 to the intracity rival Clippers. The Lakers are now 27-35, which is only one game ahead of the Pelicans for the 10th spot in the West.

Charles Barkley has been critical of the Lakers for quite some time when speaking on TNT. He’s called them a bunch of old geezers and ripped them for their scapegoat tactics.

Now Chuck has a new move for the team.

Barkley said on Thursday that he will no longer be calling them the “Lakers.” Instead, he referred to them as a bunch of “losers.”

“I am not talking about these damn losers. Between the nitwits at TNT and the nitwits who are at ESPN, we talk about these losers more than any people in the world,” Barkley said.

Chuck said the Lakers will only earn their name back from him if they win a playoff game.

At this point, based on how the Lakers have been looking, that seems unlikely. The Lakers have now lost seven in a row against the Clippers.

Photo: November 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Turner Sports sportscaster Charles Barkley before The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Barkley makes surprising revelation about Kobe Bryant

Charles Barkley on the TNT set

Charles Barkley is revealing something surprising about a fellow NBA great.

Appearing this week on Draymond Green’s podcast for The Volume, Barkley said that the late Kobe Bryant very nearly joined TNT’s “Inside the NBA.”

“We actually hired Kobe Bryant at Turner,” said Barkley. “But he didn’t wanna do all the other bulls–t. I’m probably gonna get in trouble for saying this, but it’s one of the little things we keep in-house. He actually signed with us, but … you know, I have to do a bunch of radio shows. I go on this show on Mondays, from Thursday night TNT, same thing on Tuesday, same thing on Wednesday, same thing on Thursday. He like, ‘Yeah, I don’t wanna do all that stuff.’ [We said], “Well, you have to promote the show, Kobe.’

“So Kobe, actually it’s so funny,” Barkley went on. “Like I said, it’s probably only ten people in the world know that. That he actually signed with us [and was] like, ‘Nah, I’m not doing all that other bulls–t.’ But it was funny because like I said, we always have something to do.”

Barkley then clarified that Bryant was set to be an “Inside the NBA” regular and had signed the deal with ex-Turner president David Levy but backed out roughly a week later because he decided he did not want to do the PR work.

It is pretty cool to imagine what Bryant would have been like as part of the “Inside the NBA” crew, especially considering his love-hate relationship with longtime Los Angeles Lakers teammate Shaquille O’Neal. There were indeed reports just days after Bryant retired in 2016 that Turner was courting him. But it turns out that Bryant, though he had mutual interest in such a gig, did not care for all the promotional commitments that would come along with it.

Photo: May 20, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Former NBA player and current TNT television personality Charles Barkley prior to game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs between the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Barkley hilariously roasts Rob Pelinka over Lakers’ issues

Charles Barkley on the TNT set

The Los Angeles Lakers remain a punchline for many in the NBA, and that includes Charles Barkley.

Barkley was part of Turner’s alternate broadcast of Sunday’s All-Star Game, in which he and the “Inside the NBA” crew provided running commentary on the game. At one point, Barkley spotted Lakers GM Rob Pelinka, and promptly roasted him for how the team’s roster was constructed.

“Is that Rob Pelinka? I haven’t seen him since he put that Laker team together, been missing in action,” Barkley said. “He put a bunch of old-a– geezers together that would have been great in 2010.”

Pelinka has been taking fire from a lot of directions lately. His star player’s camp is apparently unhappy with him, and the team itself is struggling on the court. He’ll be hearing plenty of jokes like this as long as it keeps up, so he may as well get used to it.

Photo: May 20, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Former NBA player and current TNT television personality Charles Barkley prior to game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs between the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Charles Barkley took funny shot at Shaq over his rap career

Charles Barkley dissing Shaq

Count Charles Barkley among those who do not care for the album “Shaq Fu: The Return.”

TNT’s “NBA Tip-Off” show aired live from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday. This year’s NBA All-Star Weekend festivities will be held in Cleveland later this week.

During one segment, the crew reacted to a new exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame that explores the intersection between music and basketball. Rapper LL Cool J was a part of it, as the exhibit had on display the car featured on the cover of his 1987 album “Bigger and Deffer.”

After Shaquille O’Neal started talking about what he had learned from LL Cool J, Barkley hilariously responded, “You talking to LL Cool J. He taught you something, but he didn’t taught you how to rap.”

When co-host Kenny Smith then suggested that O’Neal himself should be featured in the exhibit as well, Barkley came in with some more heat.

“He released his first album over 25 years ago, he’s not getting in here,” joked Barkley.

O’Neal has actually released a total of four rap albums over the years. His debut album “Shaq Diesel,” which came out in 1993, was his most successful, even going platinum.

But the NBA community does not really show O’Neal too much love for his hip-hop career, and that was certainly true of Barkley on Thursday as well.

Charles Barkley reveals when exactly he plans to retire from television

Charles Barkley on the TNT set

Charles Barkley, television’s most beloved savage, is revealing this week when he plans to hang up his microphone for good.

On a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Barkley was asked how much longer he will continue to be a broadcaster. Barkley replied that he has two years left on his contract with TNT and will “probably” retire after it ends.

“It’s been a great, great thing,” he said, per Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News. “I love Ernie [Johnson], Kenny [Smith], Shaq[uille O’Neal], and everybody we work with. But I just don’t feel the need to work until the day I die. I don’t, man. I’ll be 61 years old if I finish out my contract.

“And I don’t want to die on TV,” Barkley added. “I want to die on the golf course or somewhere fishing. I don’t want to be sitting inside over [by] fat a– Shaq [waiting] to drop dead.”

Barkley, who has served as an analyst for TNT since 2000, will be turning 59 this month. Calling it quits when his contract expires after two more years would put Barkley’s retirement at the end of the 2023-24 NBA season.

A few months ago, Barkley made some other interesting comments about the possibility of retiring. With his TNT deal set to end in two more years, it sounds like that could be Barkley’s cue to finally kiss the airwaves goodbye.

Photo: May 20, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Former NBA player and current TNT television personality Charles Barkley prior to game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs between the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports