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Report: Shaq to join Turner

Posted on: July 10, 2011 1:23 am
Edited on: July 10, 2011 1:19 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Pretty much the second Shaquille O'Neal announced his retirement, speculation started as to what his next career venture would be. Of course there's the policeman route, the movie star route, the reality TV star route, the music route or the natural fit, the broadcasting route.

According to Darren Rovell of CNBC
, Shaq's going with the latter, for now. Rovell tweeted, "Sources have confirmed that Shaq has agreed in principle to join Turner."

It really was just a question of where Shaq would go. With his big personality, popularity and knack for being great on camera, it really was going to come down to ESPN or Turner. And with Shaq choosing Turner, that just means the best is only getting better. With Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Chris Webber -- who was terrific in his first year as an analyst -- Turner has the market cornered on excellent NBA studio commentary.

Now of course there is a chance that Shaq might not be as wonderful as we're anticipating. TNT's "Inside the NBA" is great for a lot of reasons, but mainly because Barkley is so candid and works well with Kenny and Ernie, being funny but also providing solid basketball analysis. The challenge for Shaq will be to pull off what Barkley does so well in being funny and silly while also being able to get down to talking some serious basketball. I'm not entirely sure Shaq is capable of that.

There's always a fine balance between being yourself and trying too hard to be great on TV. Shaq's funny and smart enough on his own not to have to try hard to be great in a studio setting, so unless he really presses, he should be terrific.

I'm just assuming that Shaq will be part of "Inside the NBA" while he may actually do his own thing. He's certainly capable of it. Shaq has such a big personality that he's must-see-TV all by himself almost. But if he can harness that personality and charm and add in some good basketball talk, "Inside the NBA" will only be better.

Now all that has to happen is there needs to be a season for them to talk about.
Category: NBA

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 1:41 pm

Report: Shaq to join Turner


Since: Jul 10, 2011
Posted on: July 10, 2011 12:16 pm

Report: Shaq to join Turner

Um...correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Shaq going through a criminal investigation for alleged conspiracy to kidnap and assault someone.  On top of that he allegedly has Crip connections and was caught on tape having sex with someone not his a known Crip gang member's household?

The cheating on his wife thing is obviously not what shocks me (though if anyone seemed like a faithful guy, it seemed like Shaq would be).  What shocks me is even if he didn't order the recovery of this sex tape, HE HAS CRIP GANG MEMBER CONNECTIONS!  Is TNT really going to hire a man that has those suspicions hanging over him right now?  

I know most NBA basketball players aren't the most stand up guys, even some of the best of them.  I love Charles Barkley but he's no role model.  Side note:  what separates Barkley is he has done as much as you can to say that he and other professional sports members are not and SHOULD NOT be role models.  Anyways, Crip gang member connections are a completely different matter.  TNT can't be hiring people who have connections with groups who kill people in the streets of California.  That's just so clearly wrong.  I hope all these allegations about Shaq are wrong.  I really, really do because I have always loved Shaq and his personality.  But until he's cleared from this investigation, I think any decision to hire him is foolish and dangerous.

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 10, 2011 7:09 am

Report: Shaq to join Turner

I'm quite sure that everyone knew that it was going to come down between ESPN and Turner for Shaq's services as being a TV analyst. Either way,Shaq couldn't have gone wrong with his decision. Both sport stations have their "funny men" and with Shaq being added will make more fun.CoolSmile

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 2:08 am

Report: Shaq to join Turner

wonder if we will get to see shaq vs charles round 2!!! LOL

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