Thursday, July 14, 2011
Shaq joining TNT's Inside the NBA
Rumors of Shaquille O'Neal joining TNT as an on-air personality had been in the air for weeks and now it's official: the Diesel will join Inside the NBA next season.
Looking beyond the fact that Shaq mailed in the last five years or so of his career and he's one of the biggest self-promoting clowns in the history of Earth, this actually should be a successful marriage.
Inside the NBA with Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley is easily the best NBA related coverage on TV and some of the best sports coverage overall. I'm not a big NBA fan at all, other than watching the Boston Celtics, but even a casual NBA fan cannot deny that Inside the NBA is wildly entertaining. The chemistry between those three guys is perfect and it's enough to cover up for stiffs like Chris Webber, Magic Johnson, etc. that randomly show up at times.
Shaq can be pretty funny when he stops trying so hard and I think that he'll bring a fresh prospective to the broadcasts since he's just retired from the NBA. Of course, that's assuming there is a season beginning in October (the NBA Lockout is in full effect). We shall see about that; just from the NFL Lockout talks, I can't listen to one second of that crap but the general opinion seems to be that the NBA might miss this upcoming season or it will be shortened.
Regardless, Shaquille O'Neal will make for some good television on TNT.