Shaquille O’Neil would’ve supported Charles Barkley’s move to LIV Golf

Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley are one of the most popular duos on television. Hosts of ‘Inside the NBA’ on TNT, members of the NBA Hall of Fame developed great camaraderie during one of the NBA’s premier pre- and post-game shows.

Yet Barkley nearly ended his foray as a basketball commentator to enter the world of golf.

Rumors swirled for a few weeks about Barkley’s interest in joining LIV Golf as another commentator on his shows, which don’t have a TV sponsor and are streamed on YouTube. Last week at the third LIV Golf event at Trump Bedminster in New Jersey, Barkley played in the pro-am, and he said golf week he had not received an offer by the time he finished playing.

David Feherty announced after the 150th Open Championship that he was joining LIV Golf as a broadcaster, and Barkley is said to have added another colorful and explosive voice to the show. Still, that would take away from what has become an excellent pairing between O’Neal and Barkley.

So, did Shaq try to talk Sir Charles out of it?

“No. Charles is a very dear friend. I would have supported him in every way,” O’Neal said in an interview with USA Today. “Charles is one of those legends, like Bill Russell, who has no won a lot of money playing. So if a chance comes like this at that age, it’s legal – controversial but legal – you have to look into it. If he had accepted it, I wouldn’t be angry.

“What if Charles was gone?” You would always have me.

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