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Shaquille O'Neal -- I'm A Pro Commentator Now!

7/14/2011 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Didn't take long for Shaq to find a new gig ... the recently retired NBA superstar just signed a brand new deal to become a full-time analyst on TNT.



Shaq announced he signed a multi-year deal with Turner Sports -- and will sit alongside Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson to cover NBA regular season and playoff games on TNT, NBA TV and NBA.com.

Of course, Shaq released a video statement online -- saying, "I know you heard the big announcement, about to join TNT. Ernie, Kenny, Charles! I'll be seeing you soon! Get ready ... commentatin' and all."

No word on how much $$$ Shaq will rake in from the deal ... but we're guessing he doesn't come cheap.

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Rome    

First

1146 days ago
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Rotten Puppets    

Can't wait for next season.. He's a great addition to the TNT cast and has the personality and career to back it all up.

1146 days ago
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TMZ dont like me    

Him and Sir Charles in the studio together?? Oh crap, they better start showing NBA games on HBO...

1146 days ago
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Abraham lincoln     

Whatever.

1146 days ago
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Damon    

TMZ dont like me
22 minutes ago
Him and Sir Charles in the studio together?? Oh crap, they better start showing NBA games on HBO...
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Totally Agree!
Good thing it's cable! They can still get away with more than network television!

I can only imagine the foolishness that is to come!

1146 days ago
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Jnasty    

Charles and Shaq I can't wait!! Its gunny be funny and edgy entertainment. I'm glade Shaq exits the league with some dignity one more year wouldn't have been a good idea.

1146 days ago
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Bryan    

I'm sorry but will people even understand what he's saying? He mumbles when he talks.

1146 days ago
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duhwinner    

English subtitles will be needed, indeed. I've talked to this guy and had no idea what he was trying to say.

1146 days ago
9.

Superman    

Now, TNT basketball will be even more annoying. Good thing they are not the colorcasters during the game and good thing I don'*****ch much basketball.

1146 days ago
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Hammer    

No one would have heard of him if he wasn't 7 ft tall.

1146 days ago
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Cartman    

Shaq is a mush mouth so I hope they have subtitles like the other guy said.

1146 days ago
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PJ    

Oh No! Charles is great....can't stand Shaq. Guess I will find something else to watch... :(

1146 days ago
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Sloane    

cause he doesn't have enough money....

1146 days ago
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jxtr    

He does not have a good speaking voice to be a commentator.

1146 days ago
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THIN LIZZY    

Can't be that hard up.

1146 days ago
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