‘Inside the NBA’ Host Ernie Johnson Busts Charles Barkley in 3-Point Shootout


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During All-Star Weekend, bad-at-basketball comedian Kevin Hart almost ended the career of Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green by just, just barely losing to the 2015 NBA champion in a three-point shootout.

The contest was still embarrassingly close, giving Green's opponents trash talk fodder for the rest of his career.

Which begs the question: Why would a professional baller ever consent to compete against a plebeian in a three-point contest? There's nothing to gain—either you win like you should, it's embarrassingly close, or worse, you lose.

That thought process never entered the mind of NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who agreed to a three-point shootout with the show's host, Ernie Johnson.

Playing with modified rules (four racks of five, no bonus balls), E.J. busted his coworker 10-7.

Ernie made half his attempts, for a performance not lost on the Inside the NBA crew.

Of course, Johnson isn't devoid of athletic ability. "Elevator" Ernie's father, Ernie Johnson Sr., had a nine-year career as a pitcher in the major leagues, and Junior clearly can stroke it from distance. Barkley, on the other hand, took 2,020 three-pointers in his NBA career. He made 26.6 percent of them.