The high-flying action had most NBA fans on the edge of their seat this weekend. Though, don’t count Charles Barkley or Shaquille O’Neal in that group. Each got called out for sleeping during various points of watching the Sunday games.
The “Inside The NBA” crew had a tripleheader of games to work on Sunday. Wizards-Sixers, Hawks-Knicks, and Jazz-Grizzlies all played out on TNT’s airwaves. The trusty “Inside The NBA” team was on hand for all three, but Barkley was the first analyst to rest his eyes during the opening half of Wizards-Sixers.
“Well I also thought they did a good job on [Bradley] Beal and [Russell] Westbrook; they played really good defense,” Barkley mused before O’Neal cut him off.
“I’m sorry to interrupt; I know snitches get stitches, but he was not watching the game, and I have proof,” Shaq accused of Barkley before he responded, “Who?”
O’Neal had the evidence ready as the broadcast showed Barkley looking comfortable in the game viewing lounge, resting his eyes for the world to see.
“Well, from what you were able to see in the first half, what did you think?” Ernie Johnson jokingly asked Barkley, who had his excuse ready to fire. “I was a little tired today Ernie. I shot a commercial all day yesterday in the sun. so I’m a little tired,” Barkley said.
O’Neal counted his chickens too early this weekend because just a few hours later, Barkley had the camera crew catch the other big fella on set snoozing during the first half of Knicks-Hawks.
“Is their sleeping gas in that room?!” Kenny Smith joked after seeing the four-time NBA champion passed out during the first playoff game at Madison Square Garden since 2013.
The maintenance team at the TNT studios may want to follow up on Smith’s question before a busy next few days of coverage begins. TNT carries eight playoff games this week before ESPN jumps back into the rotation.
Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set
“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”
Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.
The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.
Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.
“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”
Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.
Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.
Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.
Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock
“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”
Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.
According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.
Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.
The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.
The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.
Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast
“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’
First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.
No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.
Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.
McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.
“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.”
In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.
There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.