Thanks to the promise of two awesome Western Conference matchups and the stirring conclusion to a thrilling episode of "Castle," we were pretty pumped up for the start of TNT's Tuesday night double-header. But when host Ernie Johnson tossed the pregame show's discussion of Game 5 between the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors over to Charles Barkley, things went a bit sideways:
Luckily, Shaquille O'Neal is so cool under pressure that his immediate response is to throw his phone off-camera, a motion that completely messed with everyone on the studio floor and apparently dislodged his lapel microphone, requiring multiple fix-up trips from a sound technician. Even more luckily, Shaq's improv instincts kicked in on the second trip, when he recognized that the best and funniest (basically the same thing) he could do would be to hug said sound guy, turning into the skid and highlighting the gong show.
At least we got to hear that Charles thought George Karl needed to wipe off his dry-erase board a few times, though. A "flying start," indeed.