The Big AARP is headed to TNT.
CNBC reporter Darren Rovell reports via Twitter that the recently retired Shaquille O'Neal has agreed in principle to join Turner Broadcasting starting this winter.
O'Neal — who announced at his retirement news conference on June 3 that he wants to be referred to as the "Big AARP" (in his words, "The Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons," not the American Association of Retired Persons) — hinted during his farewell that a career in television would likely be in the works.
"I do plan on entertaining you for the next 19 years," he said. "Whether it's TNT, ESPN, CNN or whoever wants to hire me, my offices open up on Monday. Give me a call."
Turner officials have not yet confirmed the hiring, but if O'Neal were to join the Inside the NBA set, it would mean taking a seat next to Charles Barkley, with whom he fought with during a Lakers-Rockets game on Nov. 10, 1999. The two have since made up.