As is tradition during the playoffs on TNT, Inside the NBA followed the action between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

During the segue between the game and the program, the audience got a quick look at who would be temporarily replacing Shaquille O'Neal during his absence...

...Dwight Howard!

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You knew with Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley on set, things had the potential to escalate quickly -- but no one saw this coming...

When asked by Barkley why he thought "nobody likes you" and "all the Lakers said all those things", Dwight responded:

"The Lakers? It was you."

"Why do you think people dont like you? Lakers sayin all those bad things " -Charles

"I think you mean you" -Dwight pic.twitter.com/GAQhURVumi

— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) May 11, 2016

Furthermore:

"I'll never forget the day I came in here and you told me I was never going to be good in the NBA."

"Ill never forget the day I came in here & you told me I was never going to be good in the NBA." - Dwight to Charles pic.twitter.com/SxaFBDF26I

— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) May 11, 2016

And then regarding reports he was "disinterested" by playing with James Harden and the Rockets:

"Sometimes you want to feel a part of what's going on. If I could bring the ball up the court, shoot 3's, go between the legs and stuff, that'd be great ... there have been times I've been upset and taken myself out of games and situations. That's on me."

Dwight Howard opens up re: reports he was "disinterested" by playing with James Harden pic.twitter.com/lUM3f7kRkz

— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) May 11, 2016

On whether he could return to Houston and play alongside Harden again:

"I think we can. I believe we can but both of us have to put our egos and our pride to the side and say hey we need each other to win."

Did Dwight know he signed up for this intense therapy session? Regardless, Howard opened up stuff that he may never have unless he did this interview.

And just when you thought it was over...

@DwightHoward hey dude ,you bet not be fartin in my seat. You kno u need to be over in the CHARLES (NO RING BARKLEY )section #hardenshoot

— SHAQ (@SHAQ) May 11, 2016

The saga continues, so, stay tuned for the next chapter...