The Hawks announced shortly before the fourth game against the Bucks that Tre Young Won’t play Due to a bone contusion in his right foot, coach Nate McMillan was vacant in his starting lineup. Louis Williams became the obvious candidate to fill the vacancy, but Charles Barkley has another player in his mind.
In the “NBA on TNT” pre-game show on Tuesday night, the Hall of Famer suggested that the Eagles should start with Jeff Teague, a veteran point guard with extensive playoff experience.
“I would choose Jeff Teague, because if you choose Louis Williams, I can’t see—yes, Jeff Teague,” Barkley said. “I will activate him.”
There is only one small problem, Chuck.
“He is not exactly on the Atlanta Hawks roster,” Ernie Johnson said.
Yes, Teague is actually a member of the Bucks—you know, another team in the 2021 Eastern Conference Finals.
In Barkley’s defense, Teague did play for the Hawks from 2009 to 2016 and played 25 games for Atlanta last season. He started the 2020-21 season as a member of the Celtics, but he was sent to the Magic in March as part of the trade that brought Evan Fournier to Boston. After Orlando gave up Teague, he signed with Milwaukee and has been on the Bucks roster ever since.
Shaquille O’Neal certainly did not miss the opportunity to laugh at Barkley, calling him the “big fool”. When Barkley asked the group to name another Hawks guard, O’Neal threw away Spud Weber, the former Atlanta fan favorite known for winning the 1986 slam dunk contest, even though his score was only 5-6. Not very helpful, Shaq.
McMillan finally chose Williams, who led the Hawks with 13 points on 4 of 4 shots in the first half. Don’t listen to Barkley’s good call.