Shaq to Officially join TNT’s “Inside the NBA”

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The man of a thousand nicknames, Shaquille “Big Diesel” “Superman” “Big Aristotle” O’Neal may need another one: The Big Analysis.

TNT made the announcement earlier today that the former Laker and future hall-of-famer will be joining TNT’s “Inside the NBA” show that takes place before and after games, alongside Kenny “The Jet” Smith, Ernie Johnson, and the always interesting Charles Barkley.

According to the USA Today, O’Neal said the two giants will peacefully co-exist:

“It is not a concern for me. I’ve always been a team player,” he said on a conference call Thursday.

Turner Sports President David Levy said Barkley was one of the biggest proponents of hiring O’Neal. Smith has nicknamed his new colleague “The Big Analytical.”

Said Levy: “We have always had four people sitting up there. … I think there will be enough to go around for everybody.”

It was reported that ESPN was also in the bid for his services. However Shaq said he has always been a big fan of TNT and “Inside the NBA” so it was a easy choice.

Just how will Ernie Johnson will be able to contain the pairing of Shaq and Sir Charles? We’re sure Ernie is welcome to suggestions. For some classic chemistry between the two, here’s one of the more memorable Shaq-Barkley moments during their careers:

 

James Cypert contributed to this report

David Brickley is a columnist for LakerNation.com and the host of Voice of the Nation, the most listened to Lakers podcast on the web. Find him on Twitter.
  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6UUB3RDMO3B5TJSHHEVVFJ32AM Cecil

    Both punches were weak at best, but still entertaining. Maybe its me but they both kind of look alike. When Time Warner acquires the rights to most of the lakers games i will be only watching TNT/NBATV anyway so i will tune in to hear the banter between the two. Anyway I will not miss Stu Lance with his clone commentay his sidekick of the Month so i will have to get my Laker fix elsewhere.

  • Cody

    INJURED KOBE WE SEE RIGHT HERE!!!!!!! Bad game to watch……. We have been really fortunate to not see KOBE in one of those suites on the bench lately. And did anyone catch the attempt guillotine choke by O’Neal at 1:24?! Lol.