HABOOB

Shaq trolls Barkley as Booker adds to 40-point playoff game total

Apr 26, 2023, 9:49 AM

Charles Barkley interviews Devin Booker...

Charles Barkley interviews Devin Booker after the Suns guard scored 47 points vs. the Clippers on Tuesday, April 25, 2023. (Screenshot)

(Screenshot)

Shaquille O’Neal will never miss an opportunity to go at Charles Barkley.

Whether it’s about their number of rings owned or who won that fight that one time, the all-time great center will drive an Inside the NBA segment off the rails if he gets that chance. And it seems host Ernie Johnson on Tuesday knew a nice stat that would be Shaq bait after Devin Booker scored 47 points to the lead the Phoenix Suns past the Los Angeles Clippers with a 4-1 series win.

“Devin Booker passes Charles Barkley for the most 40-pt games in Suns playoff history,” Johnson said as the TNT crew wrapped up an interview with Booker.

“What?!” Barkley said, speaking over an alert O’Neal. “Congratulations, man, well deserved.”

Shaq gave his applause for Booker’s night that included 19-of-27 shooting accuracy, 10 assists, two steals and eight rebounds.

It was Booker’s sixth 40-point playoff game in his career, passing Barkley’s five. Michael Jordan has a stronghold on the lead with 38 such games with LeBron James trailing behind at 28.

“Thank you!” O’Neal shouted over Barkley, finishing by giving Booker’s sports drink, Coco5, some free promotion (Barkley is also an investor in the product). “Passed a bum, Devin. Thank you, Devin. I don’t want to hear his name no more in Phoenix. Coco5, Coco35?”

Uh, the first one, Shaq.

Other bums that Booker has passed in the 40-point playoff game career total statistic: Kawhi Leonard, Larry Bird, Dominique Wilkins, Bob McAdoo, John Havlicek and Bob Pettit.

Haboob

Manager Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks looks on from the dugout during the ninth inning ...

David Veenstra

Mentalist performs ‘magic’ on Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo and pitcher Drey Jameson

D-backs manager Torey Lovullo invited a mentalist and magician to perform magic in front of his team to lighten the mood in the clubhouse.

3 days ago

Zebras...

Haboob Blog

Zebras at the Lovullo house? Diamondbacks’ summer party a bonding experience

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo hosted D-backs players and staff, two zebras, a llama, a cow and goats on Monday. 

4 days ago

Arizona State football head coach Kenny Dillingham...

Ryan Pasiecznik

A ‘Goofy’ prank: Kenny Dillingham makes Arizona State players plank for College Football 25

Arizona State head football coach Kenny Dillingham had players plank to win EA Sports' College Football 25. They won A Goofy Movie instead.

5 days ago

2024 NBA Finals rooting interest by state...

Haboob Blog

State of Arizona rooting for Celtics over Luka Doncic’s Mavericks, according to social media data

We in Arizona are over the 1976 NBA Finals won by the Celtics. Or maybe Phoenix Suns fans just really hate Luka Doncic and the Mavericks.

13 days ago

Anthony Edwards #5 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on during the fourth quarter against the Dal...

Haboob Blog

Suns fans show Anthony Edwards the receipts after Mavs blow out Wolves

After the Mavericks blew out the Timberwolves, Anthony Edwards got roasted for once roasting the Phoenix Suns for a similar loss.

18 days ago

Kyler Murray at an Arizona Diamondbacks game...

Haboob Blog

HOW many tendies?! Cardinals O-line ate its way through a Diamondbacks game

A much better offseason narrative: The Arizona Cardinals' offensive line can house baskets upon baskets of chicken tenders.

19 days ago

Shaq trolls Barkley as Booker adds to 40-point playoff game total