Shaquille O’Neal arrives late to ‘Inside the NBA’s play-in tournament show

Go away it to Shaquille O’Neal to display up late to “Inside the NBA’s” pre-activity display for the perform-in event.

At the begin of Tuesday’s TNT display, Ernie Johnson released his co-hosts, like any other episode – but the major man was lacking.

“From Studio J in Atlanta,” Johnson started before introducing Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, who he mentioned it was “great to have back” next time off.

“And it’ll be wonderful to have Shaquille O’Neal when he gets to the studio,” Johnson additional, signaling to the empty seat along with him.

“What type of dummy misses the 1st night time of the playoffs?” Barkley shouted. Johnson corrected him that the Tuesday’s online games had been section of the NBA’s Participate in-In Match forward of the playoffs, which formally commence May well 22.

As the hosts roasted O’Neal, Smith took out his cell phone and FaceTimed the Lakers legend to explore his whereabouts — but he did not decide up.

When O’Neal at last arrived at perform, he quietly walked on established even though Johnson was breaking down the perform-in structure.

“You can not sneak in at 7’2″,” Smith joked.

Barkley additional, “You can not be that major and sneak,” to which O’Neal discussed, “I apologize, I browse my schedule erroneous.”

Johnson continued to bust the major man, joking, “That’s what takes place when you have a Corridor of Fame induction ceremony about the weekend, you can display up when you want.”

O’Neal attended the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame induction ceremony at Mohegan Solar in Connecticut on Saturday, where his superior buddy and previous Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant was posthumously inducted.

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Shaquille O’Neal showed up late for “Inside the NBA.”
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Later on on in the display, O’Neal continued his typical banter with Barkley. All through a discussion about the Celtics 118-one hundred ten earn about the Wizards on Tuesday night time to clinch the No. seven seed in the east, Barkley cracked a “yo-momma”-design joke, aimed at O’Neal’s grandmother.

“Hey man, let me explain to you something,” O’Neal started as he pulled his eyeglasses off his facial area. “There’s two mommas you do not perform with, my momma and my grandma. I’ll arrive at across this table and knock your facial area off correct now.”

Johnson and Smith couldn’t command their laughter, primarily when TNT producers showed O’Neal ripping off his eyeglasses in gradual movement.