See Shaquille O'Neal heckled for showing up late to TNT pregame show for NBA restart
When "Inside the NBA" started its pregame show Thursday before the NBA resumed games Thursday night, there were three people on the set.
Shaquille O'Neal was absent.
"What kind of dummy is late the first day," Charles Barkley said.
O'Neal arrived about 10 minutes after the show started at 4 p.m. CT. He said he'd been delayed by increased traffic due to a car accident near Atlanta, where "Inside the NBA" was filming.
"Why you got to snitch me out," O'Neal said as he took his seat.
The NBA resumed its 2019-20 season on Thursday. The season had been on hiatus since March 11.
Since 2011, O'Neal has been part of "Inside the NBA" on TNT.
O'Neal played college basketball at LSU from 1989-92. He earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in both 1991 and 1992.
The Orlando Magic selected O'Neal first overall in the 1992 NBA Draft.
He then played 19 seasons in the NBA. O'Neal won NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers (1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02) and the Miami Heat (2005-06). He also played for the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns during his career.
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O'Neal earned the NBA MVP award in 1999-2000. He was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.
Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.