Ernie Johnson Rumors
The network announced that its hit ‘Inside the NBA on TNT’ lineup of Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith will be on the air for a long time thanks to “multi-year” extensions for the group. “We truly believe Inside the NBA is among the best studio shows of all time and a large part of its success is due to the unrivaled chemistry between Ernie, Charles, Kenny and Shaquille,” said Lenny Daniels, president of Turner Sports in a statement. “We’re looking forward to continuing the creativity and pioneering spirit behind the show for a very long time.”
Charles Barkley won’t be gone fishin’ just yet. After previously suggesting he might leave TNT at the end of his current contract, the Hall of Famer has agreed to a multiyear extension to remain as a studio analyst for “Inside the NBA.” The network announced Wednesday that all of the show’s stars had received new deals, so Barkley will keep trading barbs with fellow commentators Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal and host Ernie Johnson.
Ernie Johnson sure is a class act. On Tuesday night at the Sports Emmys, the TNT host gave his award for ‘Best Studio Host’ to the daughters of late ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who lost his battle with cancer in January. TNT’s Johnson knows a thing or two about fighting cancer. In 2006, he took a leave of absence during his battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He later returned as host of the Emmy-winning show “NBA on TNT” opposite Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith.
On “Inside,” host Ernie Johnson asked his panel: “LaMarcus Aldridge gonna stay with the Blazers?” O’Neal: “I say no. A lot of times when you ask a player a question as if you’re going to return and you really want to return, they’ll say yeah right away. When they say I’m going to think about it, I’m going to look at my options, most of the time they’re leaning to go other places.” Barkley: “He needs to stay in Portland.” O’Neal: “You know what I think? I think he’s going to end up in Dallas.” Smith: “I just think the money today is so different than free agency, meaning staying with your team is a 20 to 25 million dollar difference.”
It takes a lot to freestyle with no beat, and Minaj handled herself well. That’s what you expect from a multi-platinum rapper. Ernie Johnson was the surprise gem of the night. His rap rhymed, seemed spontaneous, and the delivery was on point. Add in the fact that he dropped the mic and he was the star of the night.
Barkley, now an “NBA on TNT” analyst, ripped Drummond’s Pistons during a break in action. “He’s a terrific player who’s playing with those other idiots up in Detroit. And they’re not going to win,” Barkley said. When the rest of the “NBA on TNT” panel, including Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith, questioned that statement, Barkley continued: “They’ve got some idiots on that team. They’ve got some talented players who are not going to ever get it.”