If there ever were two figures with the sharpest tongues in the world of basketball, they would be Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley, both with a track record of shooting from the hip and saying it as it is – or isn't, as the case may be.
Their last bout of bitching has been in a recent chat between the two TNT game analysts and the channel's Kenny Smith. The terrible two got the knives out for a fair few of the game's big names, but above all for Pau Gasol.
Talking about Chicago's chances in the East, Barkley commented, "If Derrick Rose is fit, the Bulls are the clear favourites over in the East". Shaq's response was a bolt from the blue: "Pau is old and finished". Said without even having seen the Catalan's performance with his new team. Clearly a man who is not known for mincing his words – an example of 'Shaq Attack' at his "best".
Barkley and O'Neil took a look at all that was happening in the NBA and didn't hold back a bit. Pau was not the only man to come under fire from the man that not long ago called him one of the best pivots in the world. The next man up for shooting down was Kobe Bryant: "I don't know how many more games Kobe will play, but I do know he won't be playing in the Playoffs again."
The pair also talked about the triangle under Phil Jackson (Shaq: "I took a day to learn in 'cos I had the ball all the time") and San Antonio (Barkley: "For the twelfth time on the run I'm going to rule out the Spurs as they're so old").