April 30, 2012
By Ryan Glasspiegel
From now until the end of the NBA Playoffs, I am going to throw in my two cents on the previous night’s games, do a little bit of forecasting, and provide curated aggregation from national columnists and local beat writers.
My Two Cents
- There has been universal criticism of Shaq’s presence on Inside the NBA all season and now that the spotlight is on it is going to become deafening. He is TERRIBLE. Like, Skip Bayless bad. He’s a pure demagogue. He waits for Barkley’s opinion, then combatively and wrongly disagrees with it. Charles will fight back once and maybe twice but Shaq will take the last word and give off a smug vibe as if Barkley’s refusal to continue to engage him means that he won.
Last night, when Inside the NBA was opening, Ernie Johnson was introducing the agenda when Shaq said, “Ernie let me interrupt you for a second.” Ernie sighed: “OK, go ahead…”
“David Levy, CEO of Time Warner: your stock is at $38.07 and it BETTER be there this time tomorrow,” Shaq said as Ernie, Charles, and Kenny looked at him in silent disbelief. “You wouldn’t know nothing about stocks Charles.”
Barkley made a quick comment about how they tried to put stock options in his contract but he refused, Ernie changed the subject back to basketball, and the three made a concerted effort to prevent Shaq from speaking again for the rest of the segment. There will be an unquantifiable amount of Shaq backlash in the next six weeks.