“The Sequel We Deserved”: NBA Twitter Reacts to Kenny Smith Shoving 7-Foot Shaquille O’Neal Into a Christmas Tree Yet Again

Arjun Julka
|Published 07/12/2022

With Christmas celebrations kicking off on sets of TNT’s Inside the NBA, panelists Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal recreated the rib-tickling moment of the Big Diesel being pushed into the X’mas tree as the two veterans raced towards the board.

The producers at TNT sure know how to make memorable highlights, creating hilarious antics and sketches. However, this time around, they managed to recreate one of the most memorable scenes from a 2014 Christmas episode. Yes, we are talking about The Jet shoving the Big Diesel into an X’mas tree.

While Shaq may have exaggerated the fall last time, the case seemed different this time, with Smith being much more aggressive in his shove as the two former champions raced toward the board. The former 7-foot center lay in between all the goodies.

“That was bad right there,” said Johnson on Smith pushing Shaq into the X’mas tree.

“This means war Kenny,” warned a glittery Shaq.

Also read: “Shaq threatened to Will Smith Kenny Smith”: When Big Diesel wasn’t amused by The Jet’s humor

The incident had Twitter erupt with hilarious reactions, drawing parallels to the 2014 episode.

NBA Twitter reacts to Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal recreating the iconic shove.

Fortunately, nobody was hurt during the incident. Nevertheless, one will have to wait and see how the Diesel gets his revenge.

Also read: 7-footer Shaquille O’Neal left howling as Kenny Smith embarrassed Guinness record holder at his own game


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Arjun Julka

Arjun Julka

Arjun Julka is a NBA author at The SportsRush. Basketball isn’t just a sport for this 26-year-old, who hails from Mumbai. He began watching the sport after stumbling upon a court in his society, helping him identify an undiscovered passion for the game of hoops. Now an ardent fan, Arjun supports Stephen Curry and the Warriors but also enjoys watching Giannis Antetokounmpo own the paint. When it comes to the GOAT debate, the TSR author feels LeBron James is yet to receive a lot of his due but cannot deny marveling at Michael Jordan’s resume.

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