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Report: Shaq heads to Turner

Jul 9, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

Shaquille O'Neal laughs as he announces his retirement from NBA at a news conference in Windermere Reuters

Darren Rovell of CNBC reports that Shaquille O’Neal, AKA the Big Diesel, AKA the Big Aristotle, AKA the Big Shaqtus, AKA the Big Shamrock, AKA Superman, AKA the Most Dominant Ever will be joining Turner broadcasting:


It’s a natural acquisition by TNT given O’Neal’s personality and popularity. O’Neal’s also one of the more intelligent players  in terms of his approach to the game and knowledge. He’s seen a lot in his time and can provide perspective.

Or, he can just be bombastic and loud. The trick is that Charles Barkley manages to be both. Which side O’Neal lands on will determine his success on the “Inside the NBA” studio. It’s difficult to see O’Neal’s low tones permeating the airways as a color commentator, but it might be worth a shot. His best work might honestly be in a feature capacity. Having him do on-site promos and videos with players doing wacky stuff is right up O’Neal’s alley. Hopefully O’Neal’s addition won’t push Webber off, as he’s been downright brilliant in his time there. You can also bet O’Neal will do his fair share of independent programming, and don’t be surprised if Turner slots him for a full show development deal. That’s how big his personality still is.

Man, Barkley and O’Neal on the same studio set. Wonder if this will happen again:

  1. chiefagc5675 - Jul 9, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Shaq is intelligent? Are you nuts? Compared to what- a monkey?

    • therookie773 - Jul 9, 2011 at 10:45 PM

      You don’t know much about shaq

  2. arc44 - Jul 9, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    I loved watching Shaq’s basketball career, especially the “Laker Years”, but I can’t say I am excited to see him join the TNT crew. He thinks he is funny, but he is not. O’Neal had some great sound bites over his career, but putting him on TV for extended periods of time sounds like a bad idea to me.

  3. smitheye - Jul 10, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    Chris Webber being brilliant? I thought Kurt Helin was awful, but you take the cake. You shouldn’t be allowed to ever write and publish another story for NBC. Amateur-Hour.

    • david8726 - Jul 11, 2011 at 1:24 AM

      Kurt is the guy who did such a great job blogging for the Lakers that he now gets paid to blog for NBC.

      You’re the guy in the comments section trying to tear him down.

      Who’s the amateur again?

  4. essfjay - Jul 10, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    even with kevin mchale leaving to coach i just dont see shaq fitting in. kenny, ej, c-webb, & charles are great together no need to throw in akward ass shaq in the mix. btw loved how chuck punkd shaq the first one to step up & hold his own.

  5. georgeanderson2 - Jul 10, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Shaq will be an excellent feature guy, you don’t want to ruin the ej, kenny and barkley chemistry that has been working for so many years. Shaq doesn’t want to be in the position of ripping guys he just played with, that is too familiar as the Tiki project. C Webb is going back to regular duty on NBA channel, Shaq is too big a name to not take a chance on over “timeout”.

  6. reptar24 - Jul 10, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Shaq and Charles Barkley together, needless to say, I will be tuning into TNT pregame shows quite a bit more often.

  7. North American Bowl - Jul 10, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    The Big Pimple will last about week after the PC and Curse Nazi’s monitor him.

  8. diablito0402 - Jul 11, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    I thought kurt got paid to blog for miami heat and lechoke.

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