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Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal join former President Barack Obama to encourage people to get COVID-19 vaccines

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Basketball Hall of Famers Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal joined former president Barack Obama on an NBC special Sunday night to encourage Americans to get COVID-19 vaccines.

The former NBA players — who have remained highly visible through their roles as analysts for “Inside the NBA” on TNT — exchanged humorous barbs and briefly spoke with O’Neal’s mother before Obama joined them.

“So I’m playing Kenny the Jet,” Obama joked when he joined the duo, in reference to Kenny Smith, who is an analyst alongside Barkley and O’Neal on “Inside the NBA.”

There was also joking about Barkley’s infamous golf game.

“Has this improved your golf game, brother?” Obama asked regarding Barkley’s time in quarantine.

“I’m playing great right now. I’m almost back to normal,” Barkley replied.

Cracked O’Neal: “Chuck, you know it’s a federal offense to lie to the president.”

They soon settled down to business of encouraging people to get the vaccine.

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