Kenny Smith details Shaq’s rough start on ‘Inside the NBA’

1. The Inside the NBA show we see today with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal is a well-oiled machine that never fails to entertain.

However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some bumps along the road.

On a recent appearance on the All the Smoke podcast, Kenny Smith shared some incredible stories about Shaq joining the cast in 2011 and what those early days were like when the Diesel had to mix in with an already established crew.

“Shaq used to come in and be Shaq,” said Smith. “Shaq is a movie. He’s got 10 people coming in. He created a hookah lounge in the studio and they let him do this. He was like, ‘I have to have my hookah.’ So he has a hookah lounge outside and they put a TV outside the studio. We got a green room. Like, yo, me and Chuck in the green room. We’ve been doing this for 15 years together. This dude’s gonna come in, y’all gonna build a hookah lounge for him? Like, what the f— was going on?”

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