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Shaq Says He Chose Turner Over ESPN Due To "Better Fit"
Published July 15, 2011
WILL DREAM TEAM BE A WINNER? USA TODAY’s Michael McCarthy wonders, “Will one set be big enough … for The Diesel and Sir Charles?” The “funny, charismatic, four-time NBA champion could make a great addition to the popular Barkley-Smith-Johnson team.” Turner President of Sales, Distribution & Sports David Levy also said that Barkley was “one of the biggest proponents of hiring O’Neal.” But McCarthy writes O’Neal “has a tendency to mumble and talk in a low, monotone voice,” and “chemistry’s a funny thing in TV sports.” McCarthy: “What works on paper doesn’t always work in reality” (USA TODAY, 7/15). O’Neal said, “Charles is a funny guy, he’s a guy that says what’s on his mind. We’re going to make it very fun. We’re going to make it very exciting for the fans to watch” (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/15). Meanwhile, in N.Y., Phil Mushnick writes O’Neal is a “sharp, funny guy, but now it’s time to learn to stop mumbling” (N.Y. POST, 7/15). Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan: "It’s a fact that if you’re not standing next to him, almost inside his shirt after a game, you can’t hear a word he says. He is a mountain of man who whispers” ("PTI," ESPN, 7/14).
CRITICAL THINKING: O'Neal said that he was "willing to be critical when necessary.” O’Neal: “I don’t think it will be hard. I have the ability and backing to give fair criticism. The only time I have a problem with people giving criticism is when they haven’t walked that walk. I have walked many walks in my 19-year career” (PALM BEACH POST, 7/15). Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard said O’Neal is “going to be great” as an analyst. Le Batard: “He’s going to be opinionated. He’s going to kill people. ... He’s going to say things that are going to make you gasp. He’s going to be critical, for sure” (“PTI,” ESPN, 7/14).