There has been a lot of big news about the NBA lately as teams have firmed up their rosters and gotten ready for the new season.
But perhaps no development made fans as happy as the news that Inside The NBA on TNT would be returning for at least ten more years with the main hosting squad of Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, and Charles Barkley coming back.
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— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) October 17, 2022
The NBA on TNT celebrated the news by posting a picture of the show in its early days next to an image of the juggernaut of basketball entertainment it has become.
This series truly has developed into something special that is respected by both players and fans and has become a vital part of each NBA season.
The Inside Institution
Inside The NBA debuted on TNT back in the 1989-90 season when the network first acquired the rights to broadcast NBA games.
The original slate of hosts featured Craig Sager, Hannah Storm, Vince Cellini, Tim Brando, and Fred Hickman.
In its second season, Johnson stepped up from being a sideline reporter to a full-time host.
Johnson is still on the show and is really the centerpiece of the hosting desk, while O’Neal, Smith, and Barkley give great insight, poke fun at each other, and highlight the biggest stories in the league.
Thankfully, each of these stars is returning in the seasons ahead.
It really wouldn’t be Inside The NBA without all of them.
The show has grown into a major part of the league and now has spin-off shows on Tuesdays and on NBA TV.
But Inside The NBA with this group of hosts will always be the original and most beloved by fans.