Shaquille O'Neal Joining Turner Sports as NBA Analyst
Posted on Thu Jul 14, 2011 09:50 AM PDT

shaquilleoneal071411.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Shaquille O'Neal is taking his big personality from the NBA court to the NBA desk - the retired champ just signed a deal with Time Warner's Turner Sports to be an analyst across their portfolio of NBA programming.

The multi-year deal will begin with the 2011-2012 season, including a full-time gig with TNT's studio show.

O'Neal will also cover the network's All-Star Weekend and NBA Playoffs, as well as contribute to both NBA TV and In addition to covering the sports side of things, the Screen Actor's Guild member signed a development deal with Turner's entertainment and animation networks as well.

"I can't wait to begin my new career with Turner," O'Neal said in a statement. "Over the past several years the team at Turner has taken the NBA and entertainment, in general, to a whole new level. I'm grateful for the opportunity to join the amazing team at Inside the NBA and I hope I can further the fans experience on a regular basis."

O'Neal started with the Orlando Magic in 1992 and later played with the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers before ending his 19-year NBA career with the Boston Celtics in 2011. He won the Rookie of the Year award in 1993 and is ranked fifth all-time in NBA scoring history. The former center is also a 15-time All-Star and a three time All-Star Game MVP and Finals MVP.