The NBA Awards took place on Monday night in Santa Monica and were shown live on TNT. And while Charles Barkley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award (given to Oscar Robertson), live television found Bill Russell flipping off Barkley:
Russell — an 11-time NBA champion — tweeted that he’s sorry for flipping the bird on live television, but said “it is just pure instinct” whenever he sees Barkley.
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) June 26, 2018
There are a lot of Inside the NBA viewers over the years that probably had a similar reaction to some of Barkley’s takes.
Twitter also enjoyed the 84-year-old’s reaction to performance from Travis Scott:
That shot of Bill Russell pretending to have enjoyed the Travis Scott performance is better than him giving the finger.
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) June 26, 2018
Bill Russell clapping after Travis Scott’s performance with a “what the fuck did I just watch” look on his face was the best part of the #NBAAwards show
— Colagenlo’s 6th Burner (@Ryan_OD3) June 26, 2018
Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during Travis Scott's performance pic.twitter.com/5VKiol6m4G
— Elijah Carey (@elijahcarey98) June 26, 2018