Charles Barkley took some time during Tuesday night’s broadcast of “NBA On TNT” to take a verbal jab at Skip Bayless.
“Take that, Skip Bayless,” Barkley said. “I hope y’all heard me America, Skip Bayless, take that with your punk ass,” Barkley said. “You know I can’t stand him.”
Bayless said he heard the comment and would be responding later.
I heard you, Charles. Will respond on tomorrow’s Undisputed. Love you, too.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) August 19, 2020
Barkley made the comment while Damian Lillard highlights were playing. Lillard and Bayless got into it earlier this month when Lillard called the Fox Sports analyst a clown.
“I have never been buying nothing about you fam,” Lillard tweeted at Bayless. “You a joke. And after our private convo full of backpedaling you will never have my respect.”
Bayless continued his criticism of Lillard after the Trail Blazers’ win over the Grizzlies in the NBA’s play-in game. The sports analyst questioned whether Lillard was a true superstar.
Weird: Damian Lillard, SUPERstar, scored zero field goals in the 4th quarter but his teammates took over and erased an 8-pt lead by the won’t-quit Griz. Dame Time??? SUPERstar???
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) August 15, 2020
Lillard didn’t deserve the criticism in the first place, but he proved doubters wrong during Tuesday night’s upset win over the Lakers. Lillard finished with 34 points while shooting 6-of-13 from 3-point range. He especially came up big in the clutch, hitting three 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter.
While Barkley was defending Lillard in his Bayless criticism, he also has a longstanding feud with the sports analyst. During a 2017 interview on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Barkley said he’d be willing to kill Bayless.
“If I get a disease and I’m gonna die, how about you get Skip Bayless in here and I’ll kill him live on national television,” Barkley said. “Just get him in here. Only when I know I’m gonna die, cause I just want to get Skip Bayless in a room one time and beat him like a dog.”
In 2013 on “NBA On TNT” he also said, “If I could get Skip Bayless in a room, you’d need DNA to find out who he was.”
Whatever Bayless responds with on his show Wednesday morning, don’t expect Barkley to ever change his mind.