Saturday, July 9th, 2011 at 8:44 pm  |  59 responses

Report: Shaq to Join Turner Broadcasting

by Ryne Nelson

The NBA on TNT already was a the best broadcast in basketball. And it just got better in a very big way. Sorry to the competitors, but sometimes shit ain’t fair.

From CNBC‘s Darren Rovel:

BREAKING NEWS: Sources have confirmed that @SHAQ has agreed in principle to join Turner.

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose


  • http://nuggetsnation.net clapzilla

    The number of times the crew breaks down laughing and only Ernie can get a word out is gonna skyrocket.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Shaq + Charles Barkley = good television.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    TNT’s B-team > ESPN’s A team.

  • rlz

    He was lobbying hard for this job…

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    hopefully he and Kenny can do a rivalry segment!!!!

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    TNT = GOAT of broadcasting

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    This means its bye bye time for Chris Webber…he seems really aloof and out of sync with the rest of the cast in my opinion. Hopefully now that we’ve got Kevin McHale out of the way at NBATV, they can bring Glove back and let them and do Fan Night again!!!!!!!! awww man them boys used to be a dang riot!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Beautiful. This is gonna be some amazing broadcasting

  • El_Black_Mamba


  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE


  • Riggs

    The Dream Cast aint just an old gaming system anymore.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Sam Riches

    That picture selection is fantastic.
    Looking forward to a new era of Shaq-ism’s.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Chris Webber was very insightful on the show. Whats the point in TNT having two dumb cats, who just want to start stuff be on the show. Really what insight does Shaq have about basketball. If he did, wouldn’t he would have stayed in shape, not ring chase and really get more than one MVP. Its a shame that TNT will lower it standards just to have a talking big aloof cat on their show. This just gave me a reason not to watch it. Thanks TNT!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Come on Seed, all because Shaq couldn’t get along with Kobe in the later years doesn’t mean this is a bad decision.

  • http://bugmarley.com Bug Marley

    Subtitles? Just kidding. Love this.

  • robb

    I miss C-Webb and Payton. Funny as sh*t.

  • http://zarky01 zarky

    Seed, why you hatin? Shaq and Chuck is goin to be Golden.
    Now I dont have to hear Kenny brag about his titles, cause Shaq got more than him. LOL


    Oh hell yes!!

  • Everynowhere

    @the seed, really dude? ur gonna bring up his mvp count? sorry he had another top 10 GOAT player on his team. chris webber can be on nbatv. i wanna see SHAQTUS on tnt.

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    Hey Seed, you know who else has one MVP? Kobe Bryant. Just saying.

  • TSmoove

    The Big Analyst Im Callin it now

  • http://www.nba.com/blazers/ vanillagorilla

    Yeah I could do with never seeing C-Webb on TNT for the foreseeable future. Without the glove he doesn’t work for real. Always seems mad uncomfortable, never gets players names right and makes comments that are utterly senseless when improvising especially when it comes to skills slightly lesser known players have. Can hang out with Rick Kamla forever and tip toe that line of entertaining and annoying during reruns of game night at 2am. Shaq, Chuck, Kenny and Ernie sounds like a dream line up to me. Bring the Glove back!! NBA Tv needs someone funny.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Shouldn’t have said it Jukai, now Seed is gonna go off on how Kobe deserves more than one (Even though he does, this isn’t the time or place to talk about Kobe, this article is about Shaq)

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  • Jooshipoo

    I hope Charles Barkley throws a ball at Shaq’s head the first day hes on set!

  • greg

    i agree kobe should have like 2 maybe but he did steal one from cp3 and its hard to make a case otherwise

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Am I the only one who thinks Rick Kamla is super annoying and never really adds anything? I feel like any seasoned commenters on here could do better than him.

  • wiz

    Rick Kamla’s a BOSS

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    One so far unmentioned consequence is that Frank Caliendo and Aries Spears now have a new reason to resurrect their Barkley/Shaq impersonations.

  • BostonBaller

    I’m all for it, Shaq has personality. With Ernie & Kenny on board no one else has to know everything about hoop and the players. (I’m not saying that Chuck and/or Shaq doesn’t know their stuff) Kenny doesn’t really brag about his chips as much as he messes w/ chuck about them…all good natured stuff I believe. a ball will be thrown at some point and a fake hay maker will be too. lol The big MIC is ready!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/other-ballers/international/2010/03/flight-75-dc-to-moscow/ Mitya

    Now just replace Reggie with The Glove and you’ll be golden

  • http://slamonline.com AllDayEveryDay

    Honestly, this is GREAT, BUT just adding my opinion, Kevin McHale has got to be the WORST analyst/commentator on TV. GOD DAMN HES ANNOYING!

    Sorry but, the Glove and CWebb are garbage too, I like Reggie Miller (LOL), so to me, this lineup of Chuck/Kenny/Shaq/and Ernie is perfect, and keep all the rejects/not funny people on the other show.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    wonder how that will go on Inside the NBA. Always loved it when Chris Webber joined the regulars (Ernie, Kenny and Chuck of course). So where does that leave Chris? I thought Webber would eventually replace either Chuck or Kenny when they move on.

  • Flight

    Thank the lord

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    I dont think it takes much to be qualified to be an announcer of a sport that you’ve played for about 15 years. All you have to do is watch the games and keep up with the latest info. So the comment about Shaq and Barkley being stupid was…stupid. What they need to do is have the Finals on TNT for at least one year. but I am assuming that ABC has some type of contract to host the Finals but it would be nice if TNT could do it for one year.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    This guy said he likes Reggie Miller….u gotta be tha only one. He’s annoying to me. He says some of tha dumbest things sometimes. Its just his voice, idk but i cant stand him. Anybody remember when Kobe dunked on Emeka? “Oh….no….he….didnt” Yea…fail

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  • apache

    this is great news happy for shaq

  • MikeC.

    I think McHale is a funny guy. My favourite McHale moment was when guys were busting on Chuck for his subpar D and Chuck was trying to defend himself and kept saying he played good D when he was young. McHale piped up and said something like “we were in the same division when you were young and you could never guard me, so stop lying.” Chuck actually froze for a moment. Kevin got his stripes that night.

  • dma

    There’s not enough ego to have shaq and charles on.


    Reggies aiight. Mark Jackson and Van Gundy r worst, n my opinion. Rick Kamla’s pretty good 2. And something bout C-Webb and Payton I just find annoying. I just can’t pinpoint it tho. And Ernie just doesn’t get enuff luv. He started it all. Props 2 Ernie

  • http://www.facebook.com The Philosopher

    Ol’ Shaq.

  • j nuggz

    shaq and barkleys fight was very entertaining, instant classic!

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    stop hating on the Kam man

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @Mitya…no no no lol, The Glove is strictly for us basketball fans, not for general broadcast- he not ready for National TV and National TV ain’t ready for him lol. But NBATV should bring him back for sure



  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Reggie Miller sucks as an analyst, he’s so freakin’ lame. “Oh no he didn’t??” WTF? What are you? 11 years old? That sh*t is lame.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    As long as Reggie Miller’s corny a** is still on there calling games, TNT will always be a step away from greatness.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Personally, I’ve always liked Reggie calling games. And Kamla is a cool dude.

  • Darius

    yo i am from greece and i like C-webb,kyle mont. ofc chuck and kenny if shaq comes there We will have moments like these; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS_Vj8rENk4&feature=related

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Teddy you’re probably the ONLY person that likes both of those guys. lol. I liked CWebb, he did get a little too excited attimes, but he always kept Kenny in check i think. Kenny throws a lot of nonsense analysis out there that usually gets overlooked, but CWebb always counters him.

    I think Shaq would be better with an out of studio job, doing his own thing.

  • MikeC.

    I don’t mind Kamla. He can get a little annoying, but he knows the game from a stats and analysis standpoint. Reggie is terrible. He misuses words pretty often. It’s not like he doesn’t have access to a dictionary or thesaurus. When he talks about underrated dudes getting respect, he says “it’s about time so-and-so started to garnish some respect.” Last time I checked, garnish was part of a meal. I’ll take my respect with ketchup and some parsley on the side to add some class. Van Gundy could be a true great, but he gets up on his soapbox about stuff that doesn’t matter at all, and lets opportunities to really make a necessary point slide. I’m very happy to see Mark Jackson away from the mic. If I never hear “mama there goes that man” or “hand down, man down” again, I’ll be content forever. I was raised on Marv Albert. I don’t care that he likes to bite women during sex, he’s the bomb on the M-I-C.

  • http://sl.com Krishan

    Can’t stand Mark Jackson sometimes, but anyone who doesn’t like JVG is a frackin imbecile

  • http://360special.blogspot.com/ dev0

    i’m pretty happy about this. Shaq loves attention

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Shaq is funny, but what basketball knowledge is he going to bring to the set. Be honest people.

  • marc

    @the seed so you shaq has no basketball knowledge? i highly doubt that. He has been in the league way too long to be basketball dumb.

  • http://DB.com Chuck

    Reggie Miller sucks, there has not been one game this whole season that he analyzed that he didn’t talk about him being with the Pacers, who cares!!!! Plus he fronted when Ray Allen beat his record on 3′s he was so pissed that you could see the look on his face. That was a record that he thought he was going to have for awhile longer. The other fact he rides Kobe’s, Lebron’s, D-Wade, Paul Pierce u would think they all go to Academy Sports and buy their jock straps at the same time.

    Shaq will be good until he gets beside himself but, him Ernie, (to keep order), Barkley and maybe somebody like Rasheed Wallace would make a good combination. Although I don’t know if Rasheed knows his game that well or if he could articulate it either.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    It’s gonna be a lot less analysis and a lot more silly sh*t. Bad enough when it was just Barkley.
    But they’re still way better than the ESPN cats.