Charles Barkley Falls Asleep on TNT Broadcast, Shaquille O'Neal Pokes Fun at Him

By Connor Muldowney
Shaquille O'Neal and Barkley
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Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal make a dynamic duo on TNT when it comes to pre and postgame NBA coverage. The two former NBA big men have a great sense of humor and poke fun at each other whenever possible, making for an interesting show for the fans. Well, on Thursday night, Barkley appeared to drift into a soft sleep and Shaq made him pay for it with the “Barkley face”.

Watching hours and hours of NBA action at a time may bore some people — especially if the games aren’t as solid as they would have hoped. Barkley claimed that he was bored by the NBA action and by his fellow cast members. Check out the near pass out here:

Shaq wasn’t the only one poking fun at the former big man for nearly passing out during a break as Kenny Smith wasn’t exactly letting Barkley’s gaffe go unnoticed, either. They even nicknamed the “condition” that Barkley has to make him fall asleep “Chuckolepsy”.

Barkley noted that his fellow cast members coupled with the NBA action that he had to sit through bored him to no end, causing “Chuckolepsy” to ensue.

I could watch this video over and over and it never gets old. The way these guys interact with each other is dynamic and it’s hard to look away from the TV because things like this could happen at any time.

Tune in next Thursday to see Chuck go full-zombie and actually pass out and then see what Shaq has to say about it. In the meantime, check out this awesome GIF:

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