Victim of Shaquille O’Neal’s Mischief, Jamal Crawford Unveils TNT Crew’s True Intentions Behind Viral Debut Incident

Published 12/20/2023, 5:26 AM EST

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A seasoned basketball player or an excellent prankster? The larger-than-life personality, Shaquille O’Neal, always finds a way to play funny pranks on his friends and colleagues. Nobody is safe, especially not the ‘Inside the NBA’ crew. While his special hijinks do make the show better, it also helped one of the hosts. Jamal Crawford previously joined Candace Parker, Adam Lefkoe, and O’Neal for an episode. To greet the newcomer, Big Aristotle had already arranged for a bucket of popcorn

As the 3x Sixth Man of the Year was showered with popcorn, O’Neal could be seen shouting, “Got him! Got him! Welcome! Welcome to the show!” The clip immediately went viral on the Internet. Now, months later, J Crossover has spilled the beans on how he felt about Shaq’s prank.

Jamal Crawford reveals he was nervous about his role on Inside the NBA 


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The former Chicago Bulls guard recently joined Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles for a captivating chat about the current happenings in the league. During the conversation, he mentioned his nervousness about becoming a TNT correspondent. He made his first appearance on the show to try and fill the hefty shoes of Charles Barkley. He added how the crew, including Shaquille O’Neal, helped him calm his nervousness.

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Jamal Crawford admitted, “I was so nervous before the moment with the show. That was the real moment. When that [the prank] happened…everything went away like oh we are just chilling…So, the rest is easy.”

While we may have found it amusing, Jamal Crawford benefited from it. His firsthand experience sheds light on the true significance behind the humorous pranks we frequently witness on the show. Thrilled to contribute alongside the game’s legends, Crawford felt more at ease thanks to O’Neal’s tomfoolery. 

The TNT crew likes to follow the same tradition for the other guests as well. Do you remember their hilarious way to welcome the Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade

The Inside Guys showed no mercy to Dwyane Wade 


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From Magic Johnson to Chris Webber and Grant Hill, Turner News has landed some massive names for their flagship NBA show. Despite the buzz around these legends, the hosts are never too shy to humble their new colleagues.

Back in 2019, the Miami Heat partnered with TNT. As a part of the collaboration, the Flash joined his championship winning teammate, O’Neal and his cast.

As one might expect, the crew had already devised a plan to greet the 3x NBA champion. For the welcome moment, they shared a clip featuring all the ‘Shaqtin’ a Fool’ moments of Dwyane Wade. The video was shared on the company’s Instagram and Twitter accounts.


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From missed dunks to embarrassing moments, the clip had all the entertaining parts stitched together for fans. Have you seen the clip? What are your thoughts on this story? Share with us in the comments section below.


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Pritha Debroy


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Aakash Nair