At Shaquille O'Neal's retirement press conference, he encouraged television stations far and wide to come court him for his services. It didn't take long for him to settle on one.
O'Neal has officially signed a deal with TNT to be an NBA analyst, according to SI.com. He will replace Chris Webber on the studio show hosted by Ernie Johnson, and featuring other former NBA stars Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith.
The news of O'Neal signing with Turner Sports in principle was first reported by Darren Rovell of CNBC last week.
O'Neal reportedly had an offer from ESPN, but the once-a-week schedule and TNT's Atlanta studios, which are closer to his Orlando home, may have made the Turner job more attractive.
Draymond Green isn’t exactly known as being the most respectful competitor, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he spent the early minutes of last night’s game against the Clippers telling Paul Pierce he isn’t a legend.
Pierce, who will retire at the end of the season, was not in the game at the time, but Green called to him from the court, telling him nobody would give him a farewell tour.
“Chasing that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that,” Green said. “You can’t get that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that.”
Green then said something else that was tough to hear through the broadcast before adding, “You thought you was Kobe?”
After the game, Pierce responded on Twitter, going to the easiest and most obvious insult available. As Chris Rock once said, “If I’m driving, and someone crashes into me with one leg, I’m gonna talk about the leg.”
Danny Ainge talks with Toucher and Rich about being patient and where the future of the Celtics stands after not making a big trade before yesterday's deadline.