Former NBA star, legendary forward Charles Barkley will tip off the new 2014-2015 NBA season, the NBA’s official website reported.
Barkley, who is also a TNT studio analyst will be joined by other ex-NBA players Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal who will host live pregame, halftime and postgame shows from the New York landmark Oct. 28 when TNT airs a doubleheader on opening night.
Two days later, TNT will televise a live pregame concert from Cleveland featuring a performance by Kendrick Lamar before LeBron James makes his regular-season home debut in his return to the Cavaliers.
Barkley had previously hinted that he may leave TNT in 2016, and try to land a GM job in the NBA. Barkley had said that he has a couple more years left on his contract, and he believes nearly 20 years on the job is enough to try something new.
“You know, when I took the job, I told them I was gonna do it for four years. I’m in year 15 now. And I think 17 years is long enough to do this job. I love TNT, love working with Ernie, Kenny and Shaq. I don’t have a Plan B, I wanna be a GM, I’ve made that perfectly clear,” Barkley said in May 2014.
Barkley, an 11-time All-Star, was named one of the NBA’s all-time 50 greatest players in 1993, the same year he won the league’s Most Valuable Player award.
Hall of Famer Barkley competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games and won 2 gold medals. He holds career NBA averages of 22.1 ppg and 11.7 rpg in 36.7 minutes on the court. Barkley played in 1073 NBA games, starting in 1012 of them.Follow @exnbadotcom
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