Charles Barkley Says Shaq Wouldn’t Have Rings ‘If It Wasn’t For Kobe’

Charles Barkley Says Shaq Wouldn’t Have Rings ‘If It Wasn’t For Kobe’

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Over the past few years, Shaquille O’Neal has made a point of it to call out Dwight Howard whenever possible for his limited ability to be a force offensively. Shaq basically can’t stand the way Dwight plays the center position and publicly criticizes him for it often, but the four-time NBA champion isn’t alone in his criticism for the three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

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Although notable NBA legends, mostly former Lakers, like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy and Magic Johnson have openly criticized Dwight, Charles Barkley felt like firing back at Shaq on Sunday night on NBA on TNT.

The Houston Rockets were battling the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series with Dwight struggling against mediocre opposition in Robin Lopez. Shaq ripped Dwight struggling against Lopez, but Barkley came to his defense basically saying that Shaq still only dislikes Dwight for stealing his “Superman” nickname.

Along with blasting Shaq for something that many believe the future Hall of Famer still holds a grudge for, Barkley didn’t stop there by saying that if it weren’t for Kobe Bryant, the Big Aristotle wouldn’t have won any rings during his NBA career.

Barkley also finished off the segment by telling Shaq to go back to the NBA studios and thank Rick Fox for his rings.
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