Fatal Blows
February 07, 2020

Shaq and Chuck put the Philadelphia 76ers in a body bag on Thursday night

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If you've watched NBA on TNT or followed this website over the years, then you already know that Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley spend most of their on-air time assassinating each other. It's the coldest Cold War since the Berlin Wall fell. On Thursday night, however, they called a temporary cease-fire in order to address a common enemy: The Philadelphia 76ers, who coughed up a 101-112 capitulation to the Bucks in primetime, their fourth-straight loss. The corpse disposal started at halftime, when Shaq started baby talking over Joel Embiidshighlights . . .

. . . and continued after the game when Chuck delivered the fatal blow, calling the Sixers—who are 1-12 on the road against above-.500 teams this season—"the Cleveland Browns of the NBA." Where I'm from (planet earth), them's fightin' words.

There's a meme for this. Hold on, we know we have it here somewhere . . .

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The Philadelphia 76ers currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and look relatively safe, having a built an eight-game cushion on the 7th-seed Brooklyn Nets. Here's hoping Shaq and Chuck's comments electroshock the Sixers back to life, though. If not, another first-round exit—and perhaps the messy, inevitable end of "The Process" era—may here before we know it.