Charles Barkley is known for his basketballs, but got into the hockey world on Wednesday evening.
The NBA Hall of Famer, which covers the league for Turner Sports, took part in the network’s inaugural NHL broadcast Wednesday night.
Barkley, along with Wayne Gretzky and other Turner Sports NHL analysts, covered the start of the league season. Fans seemed to enjoy his performance.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 13, 2021
Fans were especially amused by Barkley’s interactions with Gretzky. He didn’t hold back with the Great either.
Very funny moment just on TNT when the studio show showed Wayne Gretzky fighting Neal Broten.
Charles Barkley: Have you lost to a man with a perm?
Gretzky: Yes, I did.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) October 13, 2021
But Gretzky didn’t hold back either. The legendary NHL star had his way with Barkley during a target shooting match.
Charles Barkley vs. Wayne Gretzky
The question is, who are you taking with you ⁉️ 😂 #NHLFaceOff
— NHL (@NHL) October 14, 2021
Fans loved Barkley’s chemistry with the NHL guys.
“TNT’s pregame show was… fantastic? Please keep Charles Barkley,” one fan tweeted.
“Charles Barkley is the obligatory guest of the first episode of every sports studio show. This rule cannot be broken,” added another fan.
“Wayne Gretzky just shot at Charles Barkley on live TV and I’m not even sure what NBC has been up to in the last decade,” wrote one fan.
Fans enjoyed Turner Sports’ NHL coverage as a whole.
Turner Sports debuts its brand new NHL at the TNT studio tonight
1000 square meters of LED tiles
➖The first of its kind front projection technology
➖ Tonight’s Talent: Liam McHugh, Wayne Gretzky, Special Guest Charles Barkley
Turner pays $225 million a year for the NHL’s “B” TV package. pic.twitter.com/5qLCXNLefG
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) October 13, 2021
Charles Barkley just makes very good sports television. That is very clear at the moment.