The title doesn’t quite seem to work as well as Shaqtus or the Big Shamrock does it? Funny, I don’t think his title as a broadcaster works that well either.
Shaquille O’Neal joined TNT’s popular show Inside the NBA staff this year. The hype coming in was tremendous. Putting Shaq and Charles Barkley together? That sounds like a great combo for entertainment chaos right? Wrong.
So far, Shaq Daddy has done nothing but bring the show down. For a guy who’s struggling to find his TV voice, you’d think he would be focusing on that. Instead, The Big Aristotle is running his mouth again. In a recent interview with VIBE magazine, Shaq called out Steve Nash saying he didn’t deserve his two MVP awards.
VIBE: Some sportswriters think you underachieved because you only won one MVP.
Shaq: Steve Nash is my boy, but I don’t see how the [expletive] he got it twice. I was taught never to complain because you can’t beat the system. People know who the real dominant guy was. But Steve Nash, I don’t want to say it because you might print it and it might cause problems. I don’t believe he beat me out twice.
He also continued the beef between him and Dwight Howard by saying “there’s no comparison” between him and Orlando’s current big man. Shaq Diesel even went as far as to say he would be averaging 45 and 19 if he played now.
First things first. There’s no way anyone today can average those types of numbers. The sheer logics in today’s game make it impossible. You don’t think teams will revert to the “Hack-a-Shaq” method if he puts up nearly 50 points a game.
Since O’Neal has retired, he’s calling anyone and everyone out with whom he’s played with. If you thought he spoke his mind when he was a player, read his book that came out last November called “Shaq Uncut”.
Now he’s using his air-time to stir the pot even more (if that’s possible). Remember back in August when Shaq went on Conan and called out Skip Bayless saying he was overly critical of athletes without having the athletic credentials or background to do so? Well Shaq should be criticized for attempting to be a broadcaster with no credentials or background to that
Here’s just a few things that Shaq would get points off for:
-During highlights he barely adds any insight other than the occasional one-liner
-Shaq has been known throughout his career for giving great one-liners in his interviews. Well the one’s he’s saying now just seemed forced and really aren’t that funny
-Known for being the most dominant force underneath. He’s nowhere near dominant on the show. He barely gets a word in sometimes
-When he does speak it’s hard to even understand what he’s saying because he can’t always formulate his thoughts
-He’s cussed multiple times on the air
-Worst of all, he got caught doing the wrong math (C’Mon)!
To be fair, in the VIBE interview Shaq did give himself a grade of a low C, so at least he knows he’s bad. However, knowing that he has a problem really hasn’t done anything for us viewers. Inside the NBA has been a great change of pace for NBA Fans on Thursday nights. It’s loosely structured to many viewers enjoyment. Watching it we know we’re going to see more entertainment, arguing and sometimes just silliness then what you’d see on ESPN. But that was before with just Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Chris Webber and Barkley. Johnson is the anchor in the group, literally and metaphorically speaking. Smith can add some insightful analysis most of the time. Webber really doesn’t bring too much and Barkley, well, he’s Barkley. Throw O’Neal into the mix and you get a recipe for disaster.
Everyone loves banter back and forth between the On-Air Crew, but these guys are yelling so loud back and forth during highlights and the show, that the viewer has absolutely no idea what anyone is trying to say.
The NBA Playoffs last year on TNT had an average of 5.5 million viewers, the most in cable television history. The likelihood of it getting up there again this year is extremely high, but if people have to listen to Shaq try to dissect a game much longer, who knows what could happen.
Now I’m not saying, the Big Diesel will never become a good broadcaster. He just needs A LOT of work if he wants to make this his next career. For now, I’ll be starting a trend on twitter for #Shaqcaster quotes!