Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley’s Fan Favorite Show Promises Nikola Jokic’s 1.93-Billion Worth Team the Deion Sanders-Colorado Like-Treatment

Published 10/05/2023, 8:30 AM EDT

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The hype in Colorado is going to get reignited on the 24th. Deion Sanders has people’s attention with his involvement with the Buffaloes. With the changes he made after becoming the coach at Colorado State, the college football scene in the state has been enjoying an all-time high. But the party in Colorado does not seem to end as the reigning NBA champions Denver Nuggets return to action. Notably, Shaquille O’Neal has not only supported Coach Prime but also the Nuggets’ main man, Nikola Jokic.

The festivities and celebration are only getting bigger as Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets are going to have their ring ceremony on opening night in Ball Arena. in the presence of Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, the Chainsmokers, and many more.

The opening night celebrations in Denver will feature Shaq and Charles


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On the 13th of June, Nikola Jokic won Denver their first ever NBA title. After 4 months of summer, the champions are back in town. And they have every intention of celebrating. Legendary big men Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley will be in attendance for the celebrations. TNT has promised a celebration that will match the wave made by Deion Sanders in Colorado at the Ball Arena in Denver.

The ‘Roadshow‘ is a one-day celebration, and it will start at 3 p.m on October 24. Fans are invited to attend the event and watch party outside the arena with the crew.


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The entire crew of TNT’s ‘Inside the NBAwill be in attendance for the Denver Nugget’s opening night celebration. They will also be there for the ring ceremony.  The ‘Inside the NBA’ team will be broadcasting the whole time and will also be present before and after the match for some fan interactions.

Apart from this, there will be a post-game concert by Dermot Kennedy and The Chainsmokers. There will also be custom murals and competitions for people to take part in.

The Nuggets will face the Los Angeles Lakers on opening night. With the Denver Nuggets winning the championship in 2023, the only hope for the team now is to run it back.

Shaquille O’Neal hopes for a Buffs-like atmosphere


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Even with all the fame he has, Jokic hilariously pointed out on media day that he does not know who Coach Prime is.

Deion Sanders has elevated the Buffs and the fanfare. His approach to the game and the marketing by the team has made them a favorite now. They struggled in weeks 4 and 5 against powerhouse teams. But the hype he brought is not settling as high-profile celebrities keep showing up for the games.

The atmosphere at Buffs’s games is a sight to witness in itself. The crew and TNT hope to have a similar environment at the Ball Arena for the Denver Nuggets. Their fans will witness a historic moment as the franchise and the players will receive their first rings during the ring ceremony in just under 3 weeks.


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Rijin Varghese


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Rijin is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for over a decade. He likes to learn about the nuances of sports, understand every player's contribution to a team, and also learn the logic behind player signings and team building.
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