Wednesday’s Mashup: Shaquille O’Neal emotionally remembers Kobe Bryant on TNT

Lucy Burdge
January 29, 2020 - 8:50 am

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-- Shaquille O’Neal opened up on the pain of losing Kobe Bryant on Tuesday night during TNT’s hour-long special honoring Bryant. 

O’Neal, who was joined by Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Dwyane Wade, broke down in tears while speaking about Bryant. 

“I haven’t been sleeping, haven’t been doing the things I normally do,” O’Neal said. “Haven’t felt a pain that sharp in a while ... it definitely changes me.”

Barkley, Wade and Jerry West also shared their thoughts on Bryant during the special. 

-- Antonio Brown has been freed from house arrest and it seems he is eyeing an NFL return. 

“I’m going to make them proud, man,” Brown said outside of the Broward County Courthouse on Tuesday, of the kids who look up to him. “I’m planning to come back to the NFL … I think I’ve got a shot.”

“I put myself in a bad predicament,’’ he also said. “I’m out of it now, man. Unfortunate situation, but we don’t make excuses and we’re going to make the best of it.’’

Brown tweeted out an invite to people to come work out with him.

Brown was fitted for an ankle monitor after he was charged with burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief last week. 

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It was a privilege to coach with Dante for so long. I knew that long before his initial retirement and throughout a second act of continued excellence. Dante is among the very best assistant coaches ever." -- Bill Belichick, on Dante Scarnecchia retiring