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Shaq: Heat will be back, LeBron hate was fair

Posted on: July 14, 2011 7:45 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 6:49 am
 
Shaquille O'Neal guarantees that the Miami Heat will return to the NBA Finals and says the harsh treatment of LeBron James was fair. Posted by Benshaq-chuck Golliver.

The last time the Miami Heat won a title, Shaquille O'Neal was playing alongside Dwyane Wade. The next time the Heat compete for a ring? O'Neal will be weighing in from the studio.

And one of O'Neal's first acts after officially signing up to join the TNT crew, the Sun-Sentinel reports, was to guarantee that the Heat will make a return trip to the NBA Finals after losing the 2011 title to the Dallas Mavericks in six games.
“They just came up against a team and it was their turn,” he said. “Dirk played unbelievable. They played together. I just think it was their turn.

“Michael Jordan told me a long time ago that before you succeed you must first learn to fail. This was the Big Three’s first time together and they made it very far and they are going to be together for a long time.

“I’m guaranteeing they will get back.”

Lest you think O'Neal is going to be a homer for his old club, BusinessInsider.com points outthat he also came to the defense of those who criticized LeBron James this season, painting all the hatred as a rite of passage for top-level stars and saying the criticism James absorbed was understandable. 
"I would not characterize it as unfair because, like I said, it happened to everyone," he said. "It happened to [Michael] Jordan when he went to Atlantic City to get away from the game. It happened to Barkley. It happened to [Dennis] Rodman. It happened to Magic [Johnson]. It happens to everybody. If it just started this year I would call it unfair, but I've been in the game for 20 years and I've seen similar stories."
O'Neal will be teaming with former players Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley in his new role. All three have silly sides to their personalities, which could get overwhelming at times. But "Serious Shaq" is not someone we are exposed to all that often, and his experience as a top-flight player, entertainer and celebrity will be invaluable for the casual fan. 

While Barkley has always kept it completely real, he never won a title and more time has passed since he left the league. In Shaq, the NBA viewer will have a thoroughly modern mega-star who has lived through everything -- the good, bad and ugly -- that the 21st century athlete/global icons deal with on a daily basis. His treatment of the Heat's James and Dwyane Wade will be particularly interesting to follow because he will speak from a position of authority and experience that is totally unique in the basketball world. Part Godfather, part older brother, part clown, part mogul, part movie star. 

Just as Shaq was born to dominate on the basketball court, he was born to commentate off of it.



Comments

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Shaq: Heat will be back, LeBron hate was fair

Webber is on NBA TV.



Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Shaq: Heat will be back, LeBron hate was fair

Webber was horrible, he was enitrely to emotionally invested in his opinions, whenever he was opposed he threw a fit. Him and Barkley were discussing some issue during a pre game, and Barkley was being professional about the whole thing (I know surprising) and Webber was cutting him off raising his voice, and it was just hard to watch. After that he wasn't in a pre game again for the rest of the playoffs. If he wasn't brought back for TNT, good.




Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 2:23 pm
 

Shaq: Heat will be back, LeBron hate was fair

So does that mean that Webber is done? I thought he did a great job last year! Since I haven't heard his name I'm assuming he's dunzo! Too bad!



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Shaq: Heat will be back, LeBron hate was fair

The cHeat BLOW!!! 

So glad the Mavs put them in their place!

Look for the Mavs to repeat!



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Shaq: Heat will be back, LeBron hate was fair

TNT will be interesting with Shaq and Barkley on the same program. I would be waiting for the first disagreement between the two of them, and the result of that argument.

I can envision the laughter and smack talking about certain players that would go on between the two.

I am not sure how Kenny will fit in with these two except the fact that he and Shaq can both get in Charles back yard with their jewelry, since Charles has none. That will probably be the smack talking is when Kenny and Shaq tap their rings on the desk.

I am not sure they would need the current moderator as these three would make up conversations as the program progress.

It will definitely be a must see. I am looking forward to the first program, as it will not be a bore and both will not run out of words.

One topic that would always be current is their weight, both have had problems over the years.



“ONE MAN’S OPINION”





Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 11:07 am
 

Shaq: Heat will be back, LeBron hate was fair

SO HAPPY he signed with TNT....I can't wait to see Barkley and Shaq going at it....I believe these 2 guys alone have enough knowledge and flair to eventually have their own show.  Now if this lockout would just end so we can have some basketball next year....



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:03 am
 

Shaq: Heat will be back, LeBron hate was fair

I'm not a big NBA fan, and even less of a Shack fan but boy didn't he go out on a limb with that statement.  Who in the world doesn't think that Miami will be back in the playoffs?  Way to start off your announcing career with that blockbuster of a headline.  To bad for the listeners when he and Barkley team up, no one can get a word in edge wise with Barkley there, let alone this guy.  Barkley has always been the kind of announcer that he really doesn't care about the game he's doing at the moment, he only wants to say something that gets him in the press, and Shaq seems to be the same thing.  Glad I don't listen to the NBA cause I don't think I'm going to be missing anything.



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 8:55 am
 

Shaq: Heat will be back, LeBron hate was fair

This is going to be interesting, maybe even funny. These guys both have good personalities and tell it like it-IS!!! Something a lot of people lack. Wish they did the in game broadcasting instead of listening to Mark Jackson and Van Gundy lame @@@



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 2:58 am
 

Shaq: Heat will be back, LeBron hate was fair

UH, Kenny Smith won two titles - so what's your point Shaq lover.  Barkley is hilarious and Kenny is a great foil to him.  Shaq, not so sure.



Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 2:23 am
 

Shaq: Heat will be back, LeBron hate was fair

Credit to them for changing the headline, I guess.

For those late to the party, the headline originally said: Shaq RIPS Heat, Lebron.





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