Charles Barkley Demonstrating How Zion Williamson Should Have Fallen Left Shaq Cracking Up

Charles Barkley explains how to avoid injury while falling.
Charles Barkley explains how to avoid injury while falling. / Screenshot via NBA on TNT on X
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Zion Williamson briefly checked out of the New Orleans Pelicans game against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday after falling to the ground and landing on his wrist. He headed to the locker room prior to halftime, though he was ultimately able to return to the game.

His minor injury scare, however, prompted a teaching moment from Charles Barkley at the half, and he went all out with his demonstration on the proper falling technique for big men to avoid hand or wrist injuries.

Barkley got out of his seat and awkwardly fell backwards, all the while making sure not to catch his fall with his hands. Although his demonstration left Shaquille O'Neal in a laughing fit, Barkley was actually providing some valuable knowledge.

"Do not catch yourself, man. I hate when players do that. Fall on your ass or something," said Barkley, before diving into his demonstration.

"Your body, it's got too much force. You're going to break your finger or your wrist. Fall on your ass... Do not try to catch yourself," he added.

Barkley's demonstration earned some applause from Shaq and Kenny Smith, and O'Neal was even urging for another showing from the 60-year-old, clearly impressed with his falling technique.

Karl Rasmussen


Karl Rasmussen is a writer on Sports Illustrated’s Breaking & Trending News Team. A University of Oregon alum, his work has appeared on 12up and ClutchPoints. He’s a loyal Tottenham, Jets, Yankees and Ducks fan.