After the Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, TNT signed off with their NBA coverage for the 2012-2013 season. I have to be honest with you, I fell asleep watching Inside the NBA tonight (must have been the Bieber fatigue) and woke up at this exact moment. The crew in their "Gone Fishin" gear and Shaquille O'Neal nearly falling off the set with a fishing pole yelling "I'VE GOT A CHUCK WHALE ON THE LINE!"
Somehow, in that moment and with zero context all of this – Shaquille O'Neal being helped up by production assistants, Ernie Johnson shaking his head at the absurdity of it, Kenny Smith yelling "GET THAT ON A T-SHIRT, and Charles Barkley smiling and clapping – seemed quite normal and acceptable.
That in a nutshell is the artistic brilliance of Inside the NBA.