Shaquille O'Neal + Adam Sandler = Why?

Holly MacKenzie@stackmackNBA Lead BloggerApril 12, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Shaquille O'Neal, General Manager of Team Shaq, looks on during the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge part of the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend at Amway Center on February 24, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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This has to stop.

Someone somewhere needs to step in and save Shaquille O'Neal from himself. 

One of the greatest characters to ever grace the NBA with his talent has been removed for less than one full season and he's already threatening to make us forget his greatness and ridiculous dominance.

Remember being super amped when TNT announced that O'Neal was joining the Inside the NBA crew? Me, too. And then it happened and it was awful. And two weeks removed from the playoffs, it's still awful.

There's no chemistry. It's awkward. The organic crazy is gone. Things feels forced. Scripted—more scripted. It's not right.

According to the Boston Globe, O'Neal has more scripts to learn than just his TNT ones. Yep, he's going the movie route again. This time, with Adam Sandler. O'Neal will star in the sequel to Sandler's "Grown Ups." I wish I were kidding.

From the Globe

In addition to the 7-foot-1 Shaq, the new movie, which will be shot in Marblehead this summer, will include original cast members Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, Salma Hayek, and Maria Bello. This isn’t O’Neal’s first film. His credits include the screen gems “Scary Movie 4,’’ “Kazaam,’’ and “Blue Chips.’’

My favorite part is the last sentence. When your film credits include gems like that, who needs Inside the NBA? In fact, maybe I've got this all wrong. If O'Neal wants to be a movie star, he should dive in… and give us our Thursday night crew back. 

Yes. On second thought, O'Neal should keep stacking up those movie credits. And posing for photos with his tiny girlfriend.