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Google Me, Chuck

This year's NBA playoffs have been good thus far. In some cases, very good (LeBron going from Game 7
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Google Me, Chuck
By M.G. Siegler • Issue #123 • View online
This year’s NBA playoffs have been good thus far. In some cases, very good (LeBron going from Game 7 heroics to stave off elimination to sweeping the number 1 seed – nuts). But no matter the actual gameplay itself, one constant – at least when the game is on TNT – is the greatness of Inside the NBA.
Yes, the pre/half/post-game show. A game can be awful, and I would still tune-in to watch Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal talk about the game. 
Most such shows are bland recaps of what just happened. Some offer some good insight/analysis. But Inside the NBA takes that and adds the right mixture of chemistry and buffoonery. It’s great.
Ever since Barkley joined the show – way back in 2001 – it has been good. But the addition of Shaq in 2011 made it great. Johnson and Smith provide the stable backdrop for Barkley and Shaq to alternate between saying insanely insightful and just insane things.
I continue to be fascinated by these “meta” shows. Because when they work, they augment something good and can make it great. 
Anyway, just watching Warriors/Thunder right now. Tied at 56 at the half. Let’s hope Chuck and Shaq can get along.
Drinking: a Ballast Point Sour Wench 🍻🍇

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