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Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley in TNT promo

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No chance could you fit Shaquille O’Neal under your Christmas tree. But for basketball fans, the recently retired giant’s transition from the court to the TNT studio will be one of the holidays’ biggest treats when the delayed NBA season tips off on Dec. 25. The fun-loving O’Neal is joining one of the most opinionated and entertaining studio teams in the business, led by Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley. O’Neal won’t have too much trouble carving out space for himself, judging by this exclusive commercial spot. Take a look below:

Barkley and O’Neal may have mellowed from their playing days, but I’m holding out hope that their studio exchanges still have an ounce of this old fire.

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