The just-announced deal between Shaquille O’Neal and TNT includes a development deal with Turner’s entertainment and animation networks, Turner revealed in a press release.
Besides joining the panel on “Inside the NBA” and seeing duty during the NBA All-Star weekend and NBA playoffs, the four-time NBA champion will apparently have an opportunity to expand on his existing credits as an actor and executive producer.
"O’Neal is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, with entertainment credits including a number of roles and executive producer credits in both television and film," the company pointed out in the release.
O’Neal’s production credits include the TV shows “The Love Shaq” and “All Star Comedy Jam,” while his acting credits include feature films “Kazaam” and “Scary Movie 4.” He also has directed an episode of the TV show “Cousin Skeeter.”
David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner Broadcasting Systems, said of Shaq’s teaming with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson for the network’s NBA coverage: "His unique insights, perspective as one of the league’s all-time great players and personality will be the perfect complement to our award-winning studio team of Ernie, Kenny and Charles, as well as to our programming on NBA TV and NBA.com.”