Like many of us, Kendrick Perkins was watching TNT on Monday night, enjoying two of the better games these NBA Playoffs have offered up.
Chicago shocked Miami and the Warriors collapsed in San Antonio, with the Inside the NBA crew there to talk about all of it.
But, like most nights on this laid-back studio show, conversation shifted from current events.
Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley started joking around. Then Shaq started talking about himself. You know, the usual. Shaq loving himself some Shaq.
But this time, for whatever reason, dedicated viewer Kendrick Perkins seemed to grow tired of it:
Perkins lobbed the first Twitter shot O’Neal’s way, misspelling his former teammate’s name (they briefly played together in Boston), but getting the point across anyway.
And at some point during the next day, Shaq was made aware of the comment. Because mid-way through OKC’s 99-93 loss to Memphis on Tuesday, the Big Diesel (or Big Aristotle, or whatever he’s calling himself these days) answered back:
It was the exact type of comeback you’d expect from Shaq: Quick sarcastic burn, with a subtle mention of his glorious former playing days.
But Shaq wasn’t done.
After Perkins struggled mightily throughout the Thunder loss (he now has 19 turnovers and 18 points in eight playoff games), Shaq used his postgame platform to take another couple jabs.
“I need more out of the great Kendrick Perkins,” Shaq said, sarcastic and derogatory in his tone. “Kendrick Perkins dominated tonight. Four points. I won’t talk about myself Kendrick, I’ll just talk about you.”
Throughout the show, Shaq continued to drop little quips Perkins’ way, before denying any motive in a passive aggressive manner.
“Ya’ll can’t be having no Twitter beefs,” Barkley said to Shaq.
“I don’t have beefs, I speak from facts,” Shaq responded. “I was a bad man, what you want me to say? I was a bad man.”
You can watch the entire clip below, for better context. It’s pretty clear that O’Neal — a man who has taken personal vendettas a bit too far at times in his career — was itching for a chance to take some quick shots at Perkins.
And for some bonus entertainment, make sure to check out 2:12 in the clip, when Barkley says of Skip Bayless: “If I could get Skip Bayless in a room, they’d need to DNA to find out who it was when I got through with him.”