Ever since he was rim-wrecking at LSU, fans and pundits (self included) have been enamored with Shaquille O’Neal. From his turn in “Blue Chips” and assorted films to the rap albums and, well, his dominance of the NBA.
You can’t teach height. You can’t teach physicality. Height plus a big posterior to back guys under the basket equals a monster career.
Now, O’Neal sets his sights on conquering the TV desk alongside Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson on “Inside The NBA.” O’Neal’s quick-hit videos have demonstrated his comedic timing, and the big man has always been good for a one-liner or impromptu rap. Now, it’s just a question of whether there’s enough air time to let everyone get their bits in and whether you’ll be able to understand O’Neal. He does have a tendency to mumble on occasion.
Still, it’s an experiment worth tuning into once they actually get back to work following what promises to be an extended work stoppage. I know. It’s tinkering with what has been widely acknowledged as the best studio show. There’s always room for improvement, right?
“A-Tisket, A-Tasket, I rip down the basket.”