In the history of the NBA, there may have never been a former player more suitable to move on to a career on TV than recently retired center Shaquille O’Neal. The big man has never been shy about expressing himself on a variety of topics and he also possesses a wicked sense of humor. Tuner Sports realized that the future member of the Basketball Hall Of Fame will be a natural in the broadcast booth and according to a report from “ESPN.com” the network signed him to a multi-year deal to be an analyst during NBA games on TNT. The “Diesel” will join Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith in the studio for “Inside The NBA” starting next season for the network. He will also do some work for NBA-TV and NBA.com according to the report.
O’Neal played 19 seasons in the Association, and was named to 15 All-Star teams, and won four NBA Titles during his career. The center retired last month after trying to win one more ring this past season with the Boston Celtics. Injuries kept him off the court for long stretches of the season his last few years playing in the NBA.
Shaq told reporters that he will have no problems criticizing the players he used to play with and against during his career. O’Neal said “I have the ability and the backing to give fair criticism. The only time I have trouble with people giving criticism is when they haven’t walked that walk. I’ve walked many walks in my 19-year career, so I think any criticism that I give should be fair.”