TNT's Inside the NBA crew has become known for being quite possibly the greatest pre and post game show in the history of sports television. During tonight's telecast, the crew got into the college football spirit to give all of the lucky viewers yet another hilarious segment in between games. In this particular display, Shaquille O'Neal nearly sent Charles Barkley to the hospital.
College football legend and analyst Tim Tebow stopped by the studio during the halftime report of the Warriors-Rockets game to discuss the upcoming College Football Playoff National Championship between Alabama and Georgia. So, of course some football was bound to be played. In the clip, Shaq takes a handoff from Tebow and builds up some speed before absolutely truck sticking Barkley into a nearby camera. Imagine 7-foot tall, 300-plus pound Shaquille O' Neal running at you. That's a scary sight. Barkley even commented that it felt like O'Neal separated his shoulder from the hit.
As if the original video wasn't enough already, the Internet has blessed us with a slow motion GIF of O'Neal's finest Marshawn Lynch impression that shows Barkley was legitimately taken off his feet by the Big Aristotle.
Well deserved props to Barkley though for hanging in there. Few people would accept the fate of being bulldozed over by Shaq in a suit. At least it was someone slightly similar in size to the Hall of Fame center taking the hit. Had it been Ernie or Kenny, we might have seen somebody get put through the wall. Maybe Shaq missed his calling as the most feared goal line running back in NFL history.