Shaquille O'Neal Says He Did Not Try To Talk Charles Barkley Out Of Joining LIV Golf

Charles Barkley just reaffirmed that he isn't leaving after a few weeks of rumours about his future. While considering accepting an offer from LIV Golf to join their team in a media position, Barkley indicated during a phone conversation that he will be sticking with Turner for the remainder of his TV career.

Basketball fans who have enjoyed watching the Hall of Famer on Inside the NBA throughout the years were ecstatic to hear that.

The loss of Barkley would have been a major setback because he is maybe the main reason the show has been so popular.

Shaquille O'Neal, Barkley's teammate, recently stated in an interview that he would back Barkley regardless of his choice and that he would not attempt to stop Barkley from leaving.

Q: Your longtime "Inside the NBA" colleague Charles Barkley seriously mulled a lucrative, exclusive announcing contract with the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf series. Did you try to talk him out of it?   Shaq: No. Charles is a dear friend.

"I would've supported him every which way. Charles is one of those legends, like Bill Russell, that didn't make a lot of money playing. So if a chance comes up like this at this age that's legal – controversial but legal - you gotta look at it. If he had accepted it, I wouldn't be mad. And if Charles had left? You'd still have me."

There is no doubt that they enjoy a very unique friendship, even if there have been times when things become heated between them on the programme.

O'Neal is only motivated by the desire to provide for his close buddy.

He also cleverly slipped in the statement at the end when he mentioned that even if Barkley decided to quit, the show would still be fantastic because he would still be on it.