WATCH: Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley Respond to Clippers, Rockets Locker Room Tiff with Uncontrollable Laughter

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Shaquille O'Neal (left), Ernie Johnson (second left), Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley (right) speak on stage at the Turner Upfront 2015 at Madison Square Garden on May 13, 2015 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner

A sports studio show is often tasked with putting things in perspective—informing viewers on both what happened and what it means. And that's just what Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley did Monday night on Inside the NBA: breaking down a reported locker room tiff between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers by breaking down in laughter.

In case you missed it—which many NBA fans did since it was a late-night game—ESPN and others reported that Rockets players Chris Paul, Trevor Ariza, James Harden and Gerald Green snuck through a back corridor (Paul used to play in L.A., so he may have known of its existence) and into the Clippers' locker room to confront rivals Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers.

You can read all the gory details via ESPN's insider Adrian Wojnarowski—it's classic NBA melodrama—but there was reportedly no real fight, just a weird standoff that led to security being called. Other reports suggested police might have been called to help quell the stand-off. Whatever happened, it was a semi-ridiculous ending to a fight that apparently began with Rivers talking trash from the bench during the Clippers 113-102 win.

GettyImages-905441502 Blake Griffin #32 of the LA Clippers reacts to a missed pass in front of Tarik Black #28 and Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets during a 113-102 Clipper win at Staples Center on January 15, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images

It was reports of police involvement that sent NBA legends Shaq and Barkley into a fit of laughter. After a report from Ros Gold-Onwude on the situation, the cameras cut to Shaq clutching his chest and rocking back and forth in the studio. Soon Barkley joined in.

"I played in the NBA 16 years... it's the first time I ever heard police presence," Barkley said through laughter. "They got a police presence? Are you kidding me!"

After host Ernie Johnson reiterated the report that the LAPD was called, Shaq crumpled up paper on his desk and threw it in the air, guffawing in laughter at the idea.

"Hey Chuck, hey Chuck," Shaq said to Barkley. "Call the police, call the police. Chris Paul is trying to beat me up. This is Blake Griffin, Chris Paul tried to get in the locker room. Come down here and save me!"

"I certainly doubt it was Clippers players who were requesting any police presence," Johnson said as the Barkley and Shaq tried to recover from their fit of giggles.

You can watch video of the show embedded below, which was posted by NBA media personality Rob Perez (otherwise known as @World_Wide_Wob). 

But it didn't end there. Soon the hosts were role playing the situation.

"9-1-1, can I help you," Shaq continued, imagining a call to police. "Yes. I'm in the Staples Center in the back hallway, three players from the Rockets are coming to beat me up. ... What's his name sir? Chris Paul, Gerald Green and James Harden."

The laughter continued as Barkley jumped in to help Shaq with his fake Griffin call.

"I'm 6'10", 225 [pounds], one of the most powerful players in the NBA but Chris Paul is trying to get in here and kick my ass," Barkley said. "Get down here quick!"