For the last several seasons, I have been a huge fan of TNT’s Inside the NBA. I have been such a big fan that I consider it one of my favorite shows on all of television and I missed the show tremendously when the 149-day work stoppage was taking place.
The hour long show recaps games that were on the network on that given night as well as well as other games that took place across the league. The comedic value is what makes the show so funny and great to watch though with the funny Photoshop pictures and the hilarious conversations that take place between all the guys.
Ernie Johnson has been the host of the show with former NBA players Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley as analysis over the last decade or so. Many different players have filled in the roll as the last person on the panel with Kevin McHale, Magic Johnson and Chris Webber being some of the big names over the last couple of years.
When the lockout was taking place though, Inside made news by announing that Shaquille O’Neal was going to be the final piece on the panel. O’Neal became available when he announced his retirement from the league after a hall of fame career.
As soon as I heard Shaq was going to join EJ, Kenny and Chuck on the show, I knew it was going to be a perfect fit and the first episode last night certainly didn’t disappoint.
I was cracking up during most of the hour-long show. At the end of the night, O’Neal and Barkley played against one another in a game that has become a tradition on the show called, Who He Play For? In the game, the contestant is given a picture of a particular player that is currently in the league and they have to guess which roster that player is on at the moment.
To the surprise of no one, Shaq got all six players right while Chuck only got one of them correct. Of course, we would learn later that Shaq would jokingly beat up EJ in order to steal answers to defeat Sir Charles.
After just one episode, I am real excited to see where this show goes forward. It has always been hilarious, but it might reach a whole new level of comedy with another jokester on set.