Former NBA stars Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley have been partners in the media business for a long time now. The two have had a storied relationship on and off the court for over three decades. But the two have been able to put their differences aside and deliver NBA television’s best moments. However, their financial stories are not alike.
Charles Barkley was jealous of Shaquille O’ Neal
The Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal has been one of the most successful basketball players ever to play the game. They broke several records and earned numerous accolades cementing himself as one of the game’s legends.O’Neal is mostly known in the television world for his appearance on Inside the NBA alongside Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Ernie Johnson. The show has been immensely successful and has earned several awards during its run.
His co-star Charles Barkley is also one of the game’s legends and an NBA Hall of Famer. Barkley played in the 80s and 90s during his prime and played for several teams throughout his career. After his retirement, the former MVP would become an instant star on television. Barkley is a fan favorite and is regarded as one of the most entertaining NBA personalities ever. But the net worth of Barkley pales in comparison to O’Neal.
The Mothers of O’Neal and Barkley were close friends for over two decades. Moreover, the two stars were unaware of their mothers’ relationship for much of that time. Lucille O’Neal and Charcey Glenn were friends way before O’Neal even entered the league.
During an appearance on The Big Podcast, Chuck revealed the relationship between his mother and O’Neal’s mother. He also claimed that the two used to hang out all the time and take multiple trips across the country. Barkley also revealed that he would often tell his mom not to spend like O’Neal’s mom.
“Mom, I don’t make money like Shaq. You can’t spend money like Shaq’s mom can,” Barkley used to say pointing the disparities in their income.