During an appearance on TNT’s Inside the NBA, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes talked about his recovery from an ankle injury. He got a little challenge from Shaq after he said he was ready to shoot a few hoops.
“It’s good,” Mahomes said. “It definitely took a lot longer than I expected to heal but at this point now, I’ve been able to run around, hit some golf balls, throw the football around, do whatever. And I’ve been in a good spot. I’ve actually been working on my jump shot too. So I’m going to have to show you all that at some point.”
Shaq then challenged the NFL MVP to a little 2-on-2 basketball.
.@SHAQ challenged @PatrickMahomes & @tkelce to a 2 on 2 against him and Kenny but Chuck says it's "2.5 on 2" 💀#CapitalOnesTheMatch is going down Thurs., June 29 in Las Vegas. Watch on TNT! pic.twitter.com/BG54azxrvF
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 26, 2023
“I see what you did. You told us about your jump shot,” Shaq said. “So that means you and Travis are challenging me and Kenny (Smith), August 19. The match, anytime anyplace.”
Mahomes said he’d only do it if it was just free throws but Shaq wouldn’t take no for an answer.
“Two-on-two? I don’t know about that, man,” he said.
Shaq then said “Why not? You’re working on your jump shot.”
Mahomes laughed and said, “You’re not moving very well, so I might have a chance.”
“Actually, I did get a new hip,” Shaq said.
Of course, Charles Barkley had to chime in with his comments on the potential challenge.
Barkley said it’s actually “2 1/2-on-2.”
Shaq inquired how that worked, to which Barkley replied “You. You’re the one-and-a-half, big fella.”
Shaq answered with an expletive to describe Barkley, which made the whole set crack up.
We will see if Mahomes and Kelce take Shaq up on his offer.