Shaquille O’Neal (along with Charles Barkley) provide endless laughs on NBA on TNT as their antics are known far and wide, and on Wednesday night, Shaq was caught taking notes on the pronunciation of Indiana Pacers small forward Bojan Bogdanovic’s name.
Shaq needs a little help pronouncing Bojan Bogdanovic's name 😂 pic.twitter.com/JZiCh6MCNN
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 18, 2019
There’s a lot to take in in this clip, including Chuck’s amusing mnemonic device involving him literally yawning to help pronounce Bogdanovic’s first name. One can forgive Shaq for having a tough time remembering how to pronounce his name, as the Sacramento Kings have a player named Bogdan Bogdanovic – which looks fairly similar if you’re not paying much attention.
O’Neal, one of the greatest centers of all time and a first-ballot Hall of Famer, has secured icon status among the NBA’s elite after leading multiple teams (Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat) to the NBA Finals. Beyond that, Shaq was easily one of the best players in the NBA during his prime – putting up ludicrous stat lines on a night-to-night basis. Though his playing days are over, Shaq is still a larger-than-life figure who is plying his trade as a part of the extremely entertaining NBA on TNT broadcast crew that includes Chuck, Kenny “The Jet” Smith and Ernie Johnson Jr.
Of course, Kenny and Ernie play the straight men to Shaq and Chuck’s zany antics with Kenny quipping that Shaq should’ve taken these notes beforehand. Though that might be true, it wouldn’t have been half as entertaining if he had.