Shaquille O’Neal has entered the chat.
The Lakers legend took to the comments section of an ESPN Instagram post that showed Kevin Durant slamming Charles Barkley for his recent comments about the Nets star.
“Stop it,” O’Neal wrote, to which Durant replied, “[Barkley’s] a grown up, he doesn’t need security Shaquille.”
O’Neal has yet to respond publicly.
After Durant’s former Warriors team beat the Celtics in six games to the win their fourth title in eight years last week, Barkley went on ESPN’s “Get Up” and said NBA old heads won’t respect Durant unless he’s the “bus driver” on a championship team.
Durant won two back-to-back titles in 2017 and ’18 with the Warriors, and was named Finals MVP for both. Barkley’s argument was that he had joined a championship Warriors team that already had Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, who led Golden State to a title in 2015. Durant joined the Warriors in July 2016 after Golden State has lost to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the Finals.
On Monday, Durant responded to Barkley’s comments in a tweet, writing, “All this s–t is nasty, another terrible analogy from a hatin old head that can’t accept that we making more bread than them. It’s just timing Chucky, don’t hate the playa.”
Barkley initially made his “bus driver” comments on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” in April, just before the Celtics swept Durant and the Nets in the first round of the playoffs. It marked the first time Durant has been swept out of the playoffs in his career.
At the time, O’Neal agreed with Barkley’s comments.
“Come on Shaq, tell’ em. All these guys walk around with these championship rings. Hey, y’all bus riders. But let me tell you something. When you’re the bus driver and you got all that pressure when you have to play well or you going to get the blame? That’s a different animal,” Barkley said in April.