Posts Tagged ‘Inside the NBA’

What happens when Charles Barkley wrestles Shaquille O’Neal?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sure, when they’re on television, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal seem like a couple of fun-loving guys. But what are they like off camera? As someone who has been fortunate enough to have spent a good bit of time with them off camera, I can attest that they are basically exactly the same on camera as they are off camera. Exhibit 479: This video from last night from just outside the TNT Green Room, where Chuck and Shaq apparently decided to see who would win in a wrestling match. Pretty sure that’s Charles claiming credit there at the end…

Office Vibes.

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NBA sideline reporters pay tribute to Craig Sager


VIDEO: Sager Tribute

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager continues his fight against cancer, last night sideline reporters from around the NBA showed their solidarity with Sager and his battle. They all broke out colorful prints and wacky jackets and shoes, similar to Sager’s signature style, and took to Twitter to show their support…

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Batman and Superman visit Inside the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERShaquille O’Neal has billed himself as Superman for years now. So what happened when Super Shaq met up with the man currently playing Superman on the big screen, including the upcoming “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice”? We found out last night on Inside the NBA when Ben Affleck (Batman) and Henry Cavill (Superman) paid a visit to the set…


VIDEO: Batman vs. Superman vs. Inside

Shaquille O’Neal can still throw it down

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERShaquille O’Neal is one of the most physically impressive specimens in NBA history, and back when he was an active player, he was able to viciously throw down on opposing players at a moment’s notice. But that’s when he was an active player — Shaq retired five years ago, and we haven’t seen him on a basketball court since. Which made Shaq’s “Inside the NBA” cohost Charles Barkley wonder publicly whether or not Shaq could still dunk the way he used to throw it down. So last night, before All-Star Saturday night really got underway, Shaq snuck on the court to let everyone know…yep, he’s still got it…

Cavs fan updates ‘2015 NBA Champs’ tattoo

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months ago, just before the NBA Finals tipped off, we met a Cleveland Cavaliers fan who celebrated their Finals trip by getting a “2015 NBA Champs” tattoo. It was both confident and aspirational, and in retrospect it was also, well, wrong. The Golden State Warriors, of course, ended up being the 2015 Champs, making the Cavs tattoo incorrect.

But this story has a happy ending! Earlier today, the NBA on TNT Twitter account tweeted out a photo of the tattoo, asking followers to retweet if they had a better year than the Cavs 2015 NBA Champs tattoo guy. And the original Cavs fan responded with an image of his freshly updated tattoo, which is suddenly relevant again…

Charles Barkley isn’t very good at Jenga

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s late at night, and you’re away from home on a work trip, so what do you do to pass the time? Apparently the TNT crew has fun by busting out the board games. Rachel Nichols posted a few tweets showing the group as they played Jenga. As it turned out, someone ended up knocking over the tower. Would you be surprised to find out it was Charles Barkley?

The internet reacts to Shaq falling down


VIDEO: Shaq Falls

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Every night on TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” there’s a moment when Kenny Smith hops up from the analyst table and runs to the back wall of the set. And every once in a random while, Kenny’s fellow analyst Shaquille O’Neal will jump up and race Smith to the wall.

Last night was one of those nights, and as Kenny hopped up, Shaq did, too. Except Shaq took about one step and crashed to the floor, his legs tangled in wires and a monitor. Here’s the initial fall…

Shaq then challenged the internet to come up with the best Shaq falling meme, and plenty of them were generated…
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Charles Barkley’s bird imitation needs some work

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — He’s like a bird, he’s gonna fly away…

Does deflating a basketball help?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The big story right now in the NFL concerns the New England Patriots and the accusation that they knowingly deflated the footballs they used in their playoff win last week over the Indianapolis Colts. This would have given them some sort of advantage, experts say, and while we’ll leave that to them to get settled, it did make us wonder, what if an NBA team deflated the basketball? Kenny, Shaq and Chuck got to talking about the same thing last night on “Inside the NBA,” which led to a Shaq free throw shooting contest using a flat basketball…


VIDEO: Deflate Inside

The other question here is, if an NBA team deflated the basketball, which team would that be? Well, I think we have our answer, thanks to this vine from the Milwaukee Bucks, who caught mascot Bango red-handed…er, red-hoofed…

Tom Chambers and Eddie Johnson play Make or Miss

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of my favorite segments on “Inside the NBA” is the occasional quiz show segment called “Who He Play For,” where Charles Barkley tries to guess which team an obscure NBA player is on. But the Phoenix Suns broadcast team has taken the NBA game show to a new level with their game “Make or Miss,” in which analysts (and retired Suns) Tom Chambers and Eddie Johnson watch clips of themselves and try to guess whether or not a shot that they took went in. It’s tougher than it sounds, considering these guys combined to take thousands of field goals, but it sure makes for fun watching…


VIDEO: Make or Miss