Report: Shaq heads to Turner
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.