Before the start of every ‘Inside the NBA’ on TNT show, the three analysts don’t attend production meetings. There’s no prep, there’s not a rundown of what they’re going to say.
One particular Hawks fan in attendance for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Philips Arena really wanted to meet Shaquille O’Neal.
Shaquille O'Neal brings a lot to the table as an analyst—humor, playing experience, a penchant for challenging Charles Barkley and so on.
I'm just kidding. Shaq could totally play today. Unless of course, we're talking about TNT Shaq, in which case I would tell you that Shaquille O'Neal could certainly not play in the NBA today. Or make it around the TNT studio without completely wiping out. (If you aren't sure what I'm talking about, just watch 'til about the eleven-second mark.)
“I am blessed receive an offer from the University of Southern California,” O’Neal said via Twitter.
“Inside the NBA” will remain intact: Turner Sports announced Wednesday morning that the quartet of Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith will keep the hugely-popular TNT show humming for a few more years.
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On Tuesday night, Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh joined the TNT studio crew in place of Shaquille O'Neal. While Bosh had a bit of a "Shaqtin' a Fool" moment that we'll get to in a moment, he was very good as an analyst. You can check out his comments on the Houston Rockets' convincing win over the Los Angeles Clippers here and see for yourself.