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O’Neal launches broadcasting career with Turner Sports as analyst, joins Barkley, Smith on Inside the NBA

Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reports, “The Big Microphone is joining Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith on TNT’s Inside the NBA.

Shaquille O’Neal, the future Hall-of-Fame center with nearly as many nicknames as career points, has joined Turner Sports as an NBA analyst. He becomes a permanent member of the studio show hosted by Ernie Johnson, and will be part of the network’s playoff and All-Star weekend coverage. He will also occasionally appear on NBA TV and provide content for NBA.com as part of a multi-year deal. The fourth chair on Inside The NBA had been filled last year by Chris Webber (who will remain with NBA TV) and Kevin McHale (now coaching the Rockets).

News of O’Neal signing in principle with Turner was first reported by CNBC’s Darren Rovell via Twitter last week. The official announcement will come later today.”

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