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    Report: Shaq heads to Turner
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    Jul 9, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT
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    Darren Rovell of CNBC reports that Shaquille OíNeal, 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:



    Itís a natural acquisition by TNT given OíNealís personality and popularity. OíNealís also one of the more intelligent players in terms of his approach to the game and knowledge. Heís 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 OíNeal lands on will determine his success on the ďInside the NBAĒ studio. Itís difficult to see OíNealís 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 OíNealís alley. Hopefully OíNealís addition wonít push Webber off, as heís been downright brilliant in his time there. You can also bet OíNeal will do his fair share of independent programming, and donít be surprised if Turner slots him for a full show development deal. Thatís how big his personality still is.

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    Totally saw this coming.

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    Good lord, could they have hired someone more inarticulate? He makes Barkley seem well-spoken and easy to understand. That's definitely hiring the player as opposed to hiring the good analyst (I will believe this until I'm proven wrong).

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    I hope they don't try and get him to interview Kobe although I admit I'd watch that trainwreck.

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    I hope they don't try and get him to interview Kobe although I admit I'd watch that trainwreck.
    Notice Brian Shaw gettin in that pile up!
    Stop quoting people I have on ignore!

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    Notice Brian Shaw gettin in that pile up!
    Yeah it doesn't seem that long ago either does it?

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    Good lord, could they have hired someone more inarticulate? He makes Barkley seem well-spoken and easy to understand. That's definitely hiring the player as opposed to hiring the good analyst (I will believe this until I'm proven wrong).
    Well this is true for almost all former players. Reggie is terrible most former players are.

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    Well this is true for almost all former players. Reggie is terrible most former players are.
    At least the studio show is (was?) pretty good. Kenny annoys the hell out of me but Charles is great and Ernie is about the best host on TV.

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    I love watching Shaq, he is hilarious. Glad this happened.

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    Hasn't Shaq guest-"hosted" with the TNT studio crew a couple of times before? Anyone have a video link to that?

    He's got that monotone baritone voice, but beyond that I think he's relatively articulate.

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    I like the TNT crew. No they don't raise your basketball iq like say Hubie Brown but I still enjoy listening to them.

    Not surprised that Shaq joined them but not for sure if I like it. When Shaq is serious he can add something signification but sometimes he tries too hard to be funny and it gets annoying, IMO.

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    I'd rather he wear a muzzle.

    I like their crew as is, no need to ruin it.

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    Totally saw this coming.
    Yeah, who didn't?

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    Well this is true for almost all former players. Reggie is terrible most former players are.
    Don't agree, on either count.
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    Shaq's naturally funny, and they'll teach him the tricks of the trade.

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    I definitely knew something like this would happen for Shaq, but I didn't think it would be soon--I thought he'd take a year or two off to do whatever he wanted such as sleep, relax, travel/vacation, etc...but I like hearing this news. I'm interested in seeing how he coexists with Charles Barkley, though.

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    Just hope Ernie's able to keep em both under control. If they turn that crew into some idiotic bit of one-ups-manship like Webber and Payton it'd be awful.

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    I think people will be surprised by Shaq. He attended a seminar at Syracuse University's Journalism school for broadcasting after your career (Dahanty Jones took it this year). SU is arguably the best journalism school in the country and Shaq is sure to have picked up a lot of great training there.

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    I don't care whether or not Shaq is inarticulate, the guy's entertaining as hell and the studio show should be a lot more fun with him on board.

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    Oh, for the love of Pete, some of you guys are acting like the NBA on TNT needs Cicero up in the booth or something. Shaq will be fun, he's hilarious, and there's no need to take these TV crews too seriously. I can imagine some "purists" went nuts when they announced the Barkley hire years ago, how has that gone?

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    Don't agree, on either count.
    agree with your "don't agree".

    Shaq is goofy kind of good for 10 to 30 second clips. Not for color commentary or in studio or for anything.

    I like Steve Kerr, Doug Collins and Reggie Miller (has nothing to do with being a Pacers fan)

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    Oh, for the love of Pete, some of you guys are acting like the NBA on TNT needs Cicero up in the booth or something. Shaq will be fun, he's hilarious, and there's no need to take these TV crews too seriously. I can imagine some "purists" went nuts when they announced the Barkley hire years ago, how has that gone?
    Nothing wrong with the show being a goofy and fun show. But I am not even sure Shaq has a vouice for it. He mumbles a lot - I have a really hard time understanding what he says. I understand Barkley because he is loud and clear eventhough his comments are on the wild side.

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    I hope they don't try and get him to interview Kobe although I admit I'd watch that trainwreck.
    Still love watching that. Barkley owned Shaq there.

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    Thats a great add to the TNT crew.....and I don't think he's inarticulate. At least he doesn't say athaletic
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