After the Cleveland Cavaliers trounced the Atlanta Hawks 123-98 on Wednesday behind an NBA record 25 made three-pointers, former NBA great and TNT analyst Charles Barkley told his fellow panelists and viewers that Atlanta had to “take somebody out,” insinuating an attempt to injure a player for the next game.

“The Atlanta Hawks got to take somebody out,” Barkley said. “Let me tell you something. Take ‘em out! You’re not trying to hurt them. When a team is just embarrassing you, shooting threes when the game is way over, just trying to set a record, you have to knock the hell out of them.”

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His comments appeared to rub former NBA star and Cleveland native Charles Oakley the wrong way, prompting him to tweet his displeasure for Barkley and his comments:

To give a little background, the New York Daily News in 1999 reported that Oakley punched Barkley in the face during a player’s union meeting. “I heard what he was saying about me in Atlantic City and I didn’t like it,” Oakley said. “I’m fed up with him. I told him you need to change your name. I’m the only Charles.”

Barkley’s response to Oakley’s tweet:

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