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Thursday, July 14th, 2011 at 10:35 am  |  38 responses

Shaquille O’Neal Joining TNT’s ‘Inside the NBA’


As expected, arguably the League’s greatest comedian ever will be working on what is absolutely the greatest NBA television studio show of all time. (Chris Webber will remain with NBATV.) Sports Business Journal reports: “TNT is going to make it official this morning: Shaq is joining its Inside the NBA team, with Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley. As part of the deal, Shaq’s going to get a development deal with Turner’s entertainment and animation networks. The deal also will have Shaq appear on NBA TV and NBA.com.”

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  • Charles

    Can’t wait to see Barkley vs. Shaq

  • ratguts

    ernie’s stat of the night brought to you by ICY HOT

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ 1982

    I’d be ecstatic if there weren’t a lockout.

  • nick

    i’ll be watching more half time shows than the actual game. lol

  • http://slamonline Brion

    Webbers bumming.

  • Rainman

    im gonna be missing Chris on inside the NBA, he seemed to fit in so well.

  • Riggs

    Chris was needed on NBATV, you can’t have all the entertaining guys on one channel with all the boring guys on the other. BRING BACK THE GLOVE!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Webber was good on Inside, because he was knowledgeable and often went against Barkley on his dumb statements. I really don’t see Shaq adding much insight into the game of basketball. I feel like he is a sideshow act, TNT could not pass up i guess, he will say dumb things, suck up to players and try to be funny too much. TNT just lost their emmy with this purchase. Maybe the Kazaam cartoon series is coming. LOL. This is a joke, anybody with a brain, knows Shaq is not a NBA analyst or is better than Webber. Webber got jobbed, he should go to ESPN to replace Jalen Rose. BOOK IT!!!

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Chris Webber > Kenny Smith

  • ber

    Should have been CWebb. Shaq should be on the sidelines with Sager.

  • marc

    I don’t get why you guys are acting like shaq has no basketball iq smh.

  • Gaz

    The Seed does not possess a penis. BOOK IT!!!

  • http://www.gil1906.com Pve84

    I don’t think Shaq and (definitely not Charles) would ever be allowed to call games on live television–not to say that I don’t think he should I just doubt he’d ever be given the chance. However, Chris Webber would make a great replacement for Mark Jackson. I’d like to see that happen.

  • http://FIRESPO.COM KING

    The Seed go kill yourself. Shaq has great basketball iq and he knows what he’s talking aboutchris webber does have good basketball iq but his analysis of the game and some players are emotional for example when westrbook too k a lot of shots in the playoffs the only thing he said was that westrook is no derrick rose.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    King
    If Shaq has great basketball IQ, wouldn’t he understand he needs to be in shape to play, not talk about teams after he leaves, not become a journey man, chase rings, get more than one MVP, to be consider most dominate ever and not become a joke. He is a buffoon, just wait until he has to talk about a player or team. Go watch interviews, you will see what I am talking about, he talks around things not about things. BOOK IT!!

  • AD

    i agree with seed a lil shaq is like kevin hart… he tries to hard sometimes but they should let him chill

  • robb

    I like CWebb too but both Ernie and Kenny will bring balance to the table. If you have Shaq and Charles out there being funny and making crazy stuff you need people like EJ and Kenny to even things out. Besides it’s gonna be funny watching Shaq making fun of Smith. I hope CWebb and Gary Payton get together again.

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

    I think Chris will eventually be back on the show anyway. Smith and Barkley won’t be around forever. One of them will move on within now and a couple of years

  • DFrance21

    Tho CWebb did get too emotional at times, he provided good analysis from more of a players perspective because he just finished playing. And he never let Kenny or Chuck get away with BS opinions. I liked that. I don’t necessarily think basketball IQ translates to giving good analysis.
    Gary Payton has been blackballed I think. He was funny next to CWebb, but he too often came off as too much of a bitter hater IMO.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    The Seed, the same argument can be made for your beloved Kobe.

  • SikhWitIt

    If someone at NBA TV is paying attention . . . please, please bring back Gary Payton! Please.

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

    the plea Webber made for the Kings to stay in Sacramento… I liked what he did there. The guy speaks from the heart, so sad that he won’t be on anymore, but like I said: he’ll be back on “Inside” at some point.

  • iLLwiLL

    The Glove >>>>> Snaq

    Real talk.

  • Chris

    I use to love CWebb, G Payton along with Ahmad Rashad on NBATV. They were too funny. I don’t know why they replaced him. Maybe they felt things were too silly. I just hope Shaq gives some intelligent analysis instead of the obvious. He played for Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, Doc Rivers and Dantoni so he should have excellent knowledge of the game.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/nhl Yea?

    Shaq joins TNT, hilarity ensues. Also with Webber out that means he can rejoin Gary and make NBATV funny again!

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

    Co-sign Riggs. And PVE.

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

    Webber would be my pick to replace Action Jackson as well.

  • Gaz

    @ Gaz, the same argument can be made for BETCATS and Hursty

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    can we please bring GP back?????

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    lol in 2008, election day, GP wearing his Obama shirt. Spurs start the season 0-3 and just got blown out. GP is like, “Oh dey through. Dey through” I was cracking up

  • Charles

    Be nice to see GP back in the saddle again!

  • T-Money

    Am I the only that thinks Kenny adds nothing to the show?

  • Airswade

    @ T-Money, no, you are not the only one! He annoys me.

  • JB

    Webber did a great job….He’s way better then Kenny Smith….they cut the wrong guy!

  • David Fredrickson

    Please bring Webber back!!

    comedy my A..!!!!!!

  • AZZA

    Bring back CWEBB!!!!!!!!!! Someone start a petition cos Shaq is horrible. It’s a pain to watch the show whenever shaq tries to be funny.

  • kris durkin

    shaq stinks, i can’t hear him nor does he have much to contribute. his presence in nathin’ compared to CWEBB. I miss CWEBB!

  • http://www.Flippenout.com Trampoline Bill

    Yo Shaq,
    You liked our Trampoline show! We’re ready to accept your challenge/invitation and show you up close and personal some real flying. My partner, Mike Kennedy, in Flippenout is the main man. His kids trained at my gym, The Trampoline Place, in Connecticut. Sean & Eric Kennedy are two high flyers and have represented the USA overseas in competitions. Sean’s teammate, Steven Gluckstein, just scored a spot for the USA Men’s Trampoline team for the London Olympics. We could have some real fun with this and we genuinely thank you for this opportunity.
    Trampoline bill

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