VIDEO: Remembering When Charles Barkley Hit Shaq in the Head With a Basketball to Start This Rockets-Lakers Brawl

By michael obermuller
Charles Barkley starts an all-out brawl by bouncing the basketball off Shaquille O'Neal's head.
Charles Barkley starts an all-out brawl by bouncing the basketball off Shaquille O'Neal's head. / TBS, ESPN Archives on YouTube
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The playful rivalry between Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley has lived on into their days as NBA analysts, and for good reason. Remember this brawl?

It was the second quarter of a Los Angeles Lakers-Houston Rockets game in 1999 when the altercation began in the paint. Shaq gives Charles a bit of a shove after committing a foul, motivating Barkley to throw the ball straight off O'Neal's head.

From there, Shaq goes high and Barkley goes low as two of the strongest bodies in the NBA collide and crash down onto the hardwood court.

Although the two basketball legends have since buried the hatchet, this is a fun one to look back on. Before roasting each other in the middle of live on-air broadcasts, they fought blow for blow on them.

We also cannot discount how often these two battled in-game as well. What a matchup to watch. Sometimes rivalries make competitors better, and the Shaq-Charles rivalry probably helped the two more than it hurt them over the years.


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