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Shaquille O'Neal to join TNT's NBA studio show

Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal saluting a fan during

Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal saluting a fan during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers. (Dec. 5, 2005) Photo Credit: AP

Well, here’s one reason to root for a quick end to the NBA lockout:

Turner Sports announced Thursday that recently retired Shaquille O’Neal will join the network as an analyst for the 2011-12 season, including a spot on TNT’s popular studio show alongside Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson.

The agreement also includes a development deal with Turner’s entertainment and animation networks.

“The addition of The Big Analytical will be terrific,” Smith said in a statement released by Turner. “I can’t wait to make verbal passes to the most dominant center of our time.”

Said Barkley: “He is a great addition to our team, and in the immortal words of Bart Scott: Can’t wait!
 

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