Raptors Cage

WATCH: Shaq and Chuck get heated discussing DeMar’s benching

During these playoffs, Charles Barkley has become Nav Bhatia South, the Raptors number one accross the border. Although the Raps may not be relevant in the playoffs anymore, they sure created a stir tonight on Inside the NBA.

After the Warriors-Pelicans game, the TNT panel discussed a hot topic around the league, the future of Dwane Casey, specifically in accordance to his benching of DeMar DeRozan and the relationship between DeMar and his coach.

Let’s just say, things got a little bit out of control, and produced perhaps the most entertaining postgame coverage moment you’ll ever witness. See for yourself…

Some thoughts…

  1. Incredible. Moments like this are why Inside the NBA is so unparalleled. You can tell that this is real and authentic. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this is more fun to watch than Michelle Beadle’s corny NBA Countdown bits.
  2. The funny thing is, as Raps followers, we all understand that there’s no real issue with Casey and DeRozan. I think everybody knows that the benching was justified, and it doesn’t really speak to much, simply that the lineup without DeMar was on a roll, and Casey did the obvious thing. It’s hilarious how much these guys are blowing it out of proportion.
  3. Why is there a myth that Kobe carried Shaq? I guess that’s an argument for another time. I kind of felt bad for Shaq on that one.
  4. This argument proves that it’s all about rings for these retired guys. Even when it is all set and done, championship counts are important, and although Chuck is years removed from the game, the fact that he doesn’t have one still has to eat him alive and clearly still opens him up for ridicule. And we wonder why Kevin Durant jumped ship to get one.
  5. Somewhat unrelated, but this could be my last post with Dwane Casey as the head coach of the Toronto Raptors. Sigh.




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