Shaquille O’Neal leads ‘Inside the NBA’ in ‘Harlem Shake’ dance video
By Ben Golliver
Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and the rest of TNT’s “Inside the NBA” gang unveiled a “Harlem Shake” dance video on Thursday night.
O’Neal set off the funk while wearing a short-sleeved dress shirt and a silver wig. The group scene saw Smith dribbling a basketball on the set’s table while twirling an umbrella and a staff member doing stomach crunches on an exercise ball.
TNT’s version released just a few hours after the Heat released their “Harlem Shake” video, headlined by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris “Birdman” Andersen. That version followed up the Raptors’ take on the “Harlem Shake,” which dropped earlier this week.
Reminder: The “Harlem Shake” concept is simple. Two shots. First shot: a sole costumed figure begins dancing slowly as the beat to Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” picks up while a group carries on about its business, oblivious to the dancer. Second shot, after a brief cut: the whole group, in zany costumes, goes buck wild as the song hits its electronic fever pitch. That’s really all there is to it. Simple, goofy, harmless: everyone from Playboy models to soldiers to college kids to senior citizens has gotten in on the fun in recent weeks. A whole host of mascots and dancers got in on the fun during All-Star Weekend too.