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TNT is taking its NBA pregame studio show to New York for the opening night of the season, part of a three-day celebration. Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson will broadcast live Oct. 29 from Flatiron Plaza, where there will be a basketball court, NBA 2K14 video game kiosks, and a large videoboard perched 30 feet above Broadway and Fifth Avenue for fans to watch the show, which will include live coverage of the Miami Heat's championship ring ceremony. Oklahoman

October 10, 2013 Updates

Shaquille O’Neal recalled today that his legendary basketball career truly began in a building right across the street from the Newark projects where he grew up: the local Boys & Girls Club. The 15-time NBA all-star said his father held down two jobs and his mother also worked, so they instructed him to go there after school. “That was a place where I was able to cultivate my dreams and create the character known as Shaq,” O’Neal told dozens of children at the Boys & Girls Club in Camden at a news conference with fellow Newark native Gov. Chris Christie this afternoon. “I walked into the gym and I said, ‘I could be better than Dr. J.’” Newark Star-Ledger

October 8, 2013 Updates

Chris Webber on Shaquille O'Neal joining the #SacKings ownership group: The former Kings power forward joined Greg Anthony in a conference call this morning promoting NBA TV's season preview. He had this to say about his former nemesis and current Turner Sports colleague Shaquille O'Neal joining the new ownership group in Sacramento. "Yeah that's something," Webber said. "I've talked to the ownership group and Shaq is my boy. So as a friend, I'm happy he's an owner. As a King, it's disgusting." Sulia

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Despite the purchase by Shaquille O'Neal of a minority stake in the Sacramento Kings, he will continue to serve as an analyst on TNT's Inside The NBA. USA Today reported Monday that the former 19-year NBA veteran had purchased into the Kings' ownership group. The move, though, will not preclude him from working as an NBA analyst, SI has learned. "We have the utmost confidence in Shaquille, as we do with all of our on-air talent, to serve our viewers with objective analysis and opinions when they are on the air," a Turner spokesperson told SI.com Monday night. Shaq's new role with the Sacramento Kings does not change our expectations." SI.com

Anne Gust Brown, the wife of California Governor Jerry Brown, posted a photo to her Twitter account that showed her getting picked up by Shaquille O’Neal While this photo may seem like it captured a fun, spontaneous moment, it’s actually mandated by an obscure law. The law states that once you buy a share of the NBA team that plays in a state’s capital, you have to then go and lift the Governor’s wife above your head. Crazy, I know. But rules are rules. For The Win

September 23, 2013 Updates

O'Neal is the second former player of such stature that Ranadivé has brought in since coming to town. Current Hall of Famer Chris Mullin was the first. In his new role as "Adviser to the Chairman," Ranadivé indicated at Mullin's press conference that he envisions the well-known sharpshooter as a jack of all trades for the organization. Mullin's past experience both as a player and executive is surely to provide the Kings with a boost in many different ways. Ridiculous Upside

Shaquille O'Neal — "Dr. O'Neal," if you ask him — is hoping to help cure the Sacramento Kings. As the Kings continue their image makeover that was sparked by the late May sale of the team to Vivek Ranadive, they have made a big and bold move by adding O'Neal as a minority owner. The TNT analyst once gleaned pleasure in deriding the Kings, whom he owned in a very different way when his Lakers thrice knocked their rival out of the playoffs en route to titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Now his joy will come from seeing one of the league's worst-performing franchises turn things around. USA Today Sports

His involvement will begin in earnest today, as O'Neal — who jokingly referred to himself as "Dr. O'Neal" throughout a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports — plans to meet with Kings players and coaches in Sacramento before having dinner with franchise centerpiece and new protégé DeMarcus Cousins. "What interested me in this deal is the new vision, the new Kings, the new everything," said O'Neal, who so famously deemed the Kings the "Queens" at the start of the 2002-03 season. "I've always wanted to be part of something like this. ... It's going to be great." USA Today Sports

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