Thursday, February 9, 2012

NBA International incident: Shaq dubs Ricky Rubio the 'Italian Pete Maravich'

rubio, shaq, italian, maravich, funnyThe TNT broadcast team of Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley had a hilarious exchange at the expense of new recruit Shaquille O'Neal. Shaq coined a nickname for Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio but unfortunately he got his origin confused with another European country.

Watch the video at the 'Sports Grid' - Shaq Has Shaky Grasp On Geography, Thinks Ricky Rubio Is Italian
Sacramento Kings VS Minnesota Timberwolves (Jan16 TNT Broadcast)
O'NEAL: I'm giving Ricky Rubio a name right now
SMITH: What's that?
SHAQ: The "Italian Pete Maravich"

crosstalk with some laughter:
"woah woah" , "even though he's Spanish", "come on now"

BARKLEY: You're getting a little out of hand. Do you know how great Pete Maravich was?
JOHNSON: There's not a whole lot of folks that can follow that nickname
BARKLEY: First of all you called the brother from the wrong country
SMITH: You've started an international incident
BARKLEY: He's not from Italy Ernie. He's from Spain.
O'NEAL: Italy, Spain...
BARKLEY: People from Italy don't even know who he is

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