Shaquille O’Neal Scores Multi-Year Deal With Turner Sports

Retired basketball giant will serve as analyst for “Inside the NBA”; also makes development deal for Turner’s animation and entertainment networks

Four-time NBA champion Shaquille O'Neal has signed a multi-year deal with Turner Sports to serve as an analyst — and made a deal with Turner's entertainment and animation networks, the company announced on Thursday.

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Beginning with the 2011-12 basketball season, O'Neal — who announced his retirement from the game in June — will become a full-time analyst on TNT's post-game show "Inside the NBA," alongside Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley. O'Neal will also partake in TNT's NBA All-Star Weekend and playoffs coverage, and serve as a contributor to NBA TV and

“I can't wait to begin my new career with Turner," O'Neal said of the deal. "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."

The development with Turner's entertainment and animation networks means we can all keep our fingers crossed for "Kazaam: The Cartoon."