Charles Barkley is a master of unscripted banter, and only unscripted banter. Because when you throw something to read at him, things go very, very wrong.
That didn’t set will with Barkley, his fellow analyst.
“Timeout,” a baffled Chuck sputtered. “Y’all giving him credit for knowing how to read?!”
Before Shaq could even get the challenge out of his mouth, Barkley was grinning, knowing what sort of fall he’d set himself up for.
Still, he agreed to go through with it—he’d attempt to read the same copy from the prompter.
He made it two words before blowing it.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 19, 2018
Granted, “alienist”—an outdated term for a psychiatrist—isn’t the easiest word to read or say.
But Chuck actually has successfully read from the prompter before. He just lived to regret it, succumbing to the same prank that once befell Ron Burgundy.
Barkley’s reading mishap inspired the crew to show the clip, from all the way back in 2008.
A classic Inside the NBA moment for Charles Barkley pic.twitter.com/WBTW89ET1L
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) January 19, 2018