Tag:Kenny Smith
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:54 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 3:15 pm

Shaquille O'Neal swears on live TNT broadcast

Posted by Ben Golliver shaq-barkley

Rookie move.

Shaquille O'Neal spent 19 years in the NBA as arguably the most dominant center of all-time, but he's in his first year as a basketball commentator for TNT and he's off to a sloppy start.

During Thursday night's telecast if Inside The NBA, O'Neal accidentally said the word "s***" with his microphone still live as the crew went to a commercial break. O'Neal was on the set with host Ernie Johnson and fellow commentators Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley.

"You know who I blame for that s***, I blame..." Shaq began, before Smith cut in with an "Oh!" and the segue way to commercials could actually take place. O'Neal was not visible when he uttered the profanity, with the outro graphics already rolling.

Here's video of O'Neal's slip-up via USA Today.

Yahoo Sports notes that the TNT panel tried to make amends for O'Neal's profanity by making light of it later in the broadcast.
The good news is that TNT characteristically managed to have a little fun with the moment. At halftime of the Grizzlies/Knicks game that kicked off the doubleheader, Shaq stuffed a bar of soap in his mouth to wash out all the bad words. 
O'Neal's commentating work was recently the subject of some mocking by Barkley, who hosted Saturday Night Live last weekend and imitated his low-energy, marble-mouthed delivery. Barkley was also caught on a live microphone during a recent TNT broadcast referring to his endorsement of Weight Watchers as a "scam."

O'Neal announced in June that he was retiring from the NBA. By July, he had signed with Turner to join the popular TNT broadcast.
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:08 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 10:25 pm

Tracy Morgan says something about Sarah Palin

Posted by Royce Young

I'm not sure anyone has ever made Charles Barkley speechless, but Tracy Morgan did exactly that. On "Inside the NBA" before the Knicks game against the Heat, Morgan was brought over to talk to Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson. Morgan, of course, is one of the most recognizable Knicks fans and is a star on 30 Rock and formerly of Saturday Night Live .

Barkley and Smith asked Morgan to settle an argument about Morgan's co-star Tina Fey and former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin. I'm not sure Morgan really settled the debate, but he certainly had an answer. (Heads up: Inapproriate, sexual comment ahead)

A Turner Sports spokesman told Sports Media Watch of the incident, "It's unfortunate Mr. Morgan showed a lack of judgment on our air with his inappropriate comments."

Morgan is the one to blame for the comments obviously, but Chuck and Kenny Smith should've known what kind of territory they were walking into when they asked the question.
Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:27 pm

Former Suns GM Steve Kerr to call NCAA Final Four

Former Phoenix Suns GM Steve Kerr will call the 2011 NCAA Final Four. Posted by Ben Golliver. steve-kerr 

In a somewhat unexpected plot twist, CBS Sports has added to the announcing group for the 2011 NCAA Final Four, tabbing former Phoenix Suns general manager and TNT television commentator Steve Kerr to join the call. Other TNT favorites, like Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, will also be doing studio work during the tournament.

The championship tips-off with the NCAA FIRST FOUR on truTV Tuesday, March 15, with Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Steve Kerr calling the action, with Tracy Wolfson courtside. Nantz, Kellogg, Kerr and Wolfson will team up again when the tournament concludes with the Final Four and Championship game on Saturday, April 2 and Monday, April 4 on CBS Sports. Nantz will be covering his 26th Final Four and National Championship, Kellogg will be working both events for the third time, with Kerr joining to call his first Final Four and National Championship. Gus Johnson and Len Elmore, along with courtside reporter Craig Sager, will handle the call for the FIRST FOUR games on Wednesday, March 16, on truTV. 

Two studios, based in New York and Atlanta, will be used to cover all the action. Studio coverage will be anchored by Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson, who will share hosting duties during each day. Charles Barkley, Greg Anthony and Kenny Smith will provide analysis throughout the tournament alongside Gumbel or Johnson from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York. Analysts Reggie Miller and Seth Davis will join the New York studio rotation for the second week of the tournament. Matt Winer will host the studio coverage from Turner’s Atlanta studio with analysts Davis and Steve Smith.

While an outside-the-box move considering Kerr's lack of college basketball announcing experience, it's an easy one to co-sign. Kerr is as clear-headed, concise, knowledgeable and experienced as any color commentator working basketball games today, having mastered the art of not boring his listeners by revealing behind-the-scenes wrinkles or taking contrarian postures but backing them up fully. 

Kerr also played in the 1988 Final Four, shooting a ridiculous 57.3% from three-point land and making second-team All-American. So he comes to this booth with first-hand insight into what the players are going through, what they will be going through in their professional futures, what professional talent evaluators will be looking for from the players and as an experienced media professional with a firm grasp on storylines and drama. 

Kerr left the Suns somewhat abruptly last June, amidst rumors of mismanaged contract negotiations by owner Robert Sarver. 

As for Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and the gang? More is always better, even when Chuck is dancing. Hopefully Craig Sager turns down the volume on his wardrobe; after all, there will be kids present.
Posted on: November 16, 2010 2:08 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 2:09 pm

Barkley, Kenny and Marv to work March Madness

Posted by Royce Young

March Madness is already amazing. It's pretty much the most perfect sporting event each year. College basketball itself has its issues (this is not the time to debate the NBA v. NCAA), but the tournament is what we all wait for. And of course it culminates with the Final Four, the mecca of college hoops.

And with the NCAA's expansion of the tournament, CBS has teamed with TNT to broadcast every game nationally. Good news for us. And more good news? The TNT guys will be part of it all. Yep, that means Marv Albert, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley will all be chipping in to the NCAA tournament coverage.

President of CBS Sports Sean McManus and Turner Sports marketing executive David Levy held a press conference announcing all the changes Tuesday and Sports Business Daily was there. Asked how the Turner talent will be used McManus said, "The more we can use of Charles [Barkley], the better." Levy also said Turner is interested in expanding its coverage to regular season college basketball and football, if it makes "financial sense."

So get excited to hear Barkley talk about Kyle Singler, Harrison Barnes and probably a lot about Auburn. There's no doubt it will be good because you could have Kenny and Chuck sit behind a table and talk about their favorite 16th century poets and it would be good television.

Now if they can just put Gus Johnson, Kenny and Chuck together for a broadcast? Well, then I think all my wildest dreams will have come true.
Posted on: October 19, 2010 12:57 pm

Heat Stroke:TNT doesn't travel...except for Heat

Popular studio show goes on the road to cover LeBron as media frenzy continues. Posted by Matt Moore

"Inside the NBA " is arguably the best... no, sorry, it is the best NBA studio show on television. And it's not even close and we all know it. The combination of personality, style, analysis, and discussion that the show puts together is unmatched and it is quite literally must-see TV for any huge NBA fan. And it's almost always held in the comfy confines of the TNT studios, except for All-Star weekend and the Conference Finals.

But then, this is no ordinary season.

TNT has announced that it's taking its show on the road for... you guessed it, two Heat games this year. The crew will be in Boston for the season opener October 26th (only a week you guys!) as Miami faces the Celtics, and they'll travel to Cleveland on December 2nd for the near-riot when LeBron James returns to Cleveland. You can expect a lot of Charles Barkley bad-mouthing LeBron during both of these shows while Kenny Smith probably takes a more eloquent approach at criticism and Ernie laughs slightly uncomfortably.

Of course, for all the talk of how the Miami Triad team-up was bad for the sport, or in poor consideration, or whatever, the fact remains that TNT will still be there, making money off of the public attention garners even as he's hated, as this team continues to crossover into unforseen depths of media focus. It's a cash cow, even if some are slashing at the udders while they milk.
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