The Hawks introduced shortly earlier than their Recreation 4 matchup towards the Bucks that Trae Younger wouldn’t be out there to play due to a bone bruise in his proper foot, leaving coach Nate McMillan with an open slot in his beginning lineup. Lou Williams emerged as the apparent candidate to fill the void, however Charles Barkley had one other participant in thoughts.
On Tuesday night time’s “NBA on TNT” pregame present, the Corridor of Famer advised the Hawks ought to begin Jeff Teague, a veteran level guard with loads of playoff expertise.
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“I’d begin Jeff Teague as a result of should you begin Lou Williams, I do not see — yeah, Jeff Teague,” Barkley stated. “I’d begin him.”
Only one small downside there, Chuck.
“He isn’t precisely on the Atlanta Hawks’ roster,” Ernie Johnson stated.
Yep, Teague is definitely a member of the Bucks — you already know, the opposite workforce within the 2021 Jap Convention finals.
In Barkley’s protection, Teague did play for the Hawks from 2009-2016 and appeared in 25 video games for Atlanta final season. He started the 2020-21 marketing campaign as a member of the Celtics, however he was despatched to the Magic in March as a part of the commerce that introduced Evan Fournier to Boston. After Orlando waived Teague, he signed with Milwaukee and has been on the Bucks’ roster ever since.
Shaquille O’Neal did not miss a chance to clown Barkley, after all, calling him a “huge dummy.” When Barkley requested the panel to call one other Hawks guard, O’Neal threw out Spud Webb, the previous Atlanta fan favourite finest recognized for successful the 1986 Slam Dunk Contest regardless of standing at simply 5-6. Not tremendous useful, Shaq.
McMillan did find yourself going with Williams, who led the Hawks with 13 factors on 4-of-4 taking pictures from the sphere within the first half. Good name not listening to Barkley.