Exclusive: Shaq expects Miami Heat to become Champions again

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The TNT NBA team spoke to GiveMeSport yesterday and they had a lot to say as you'd expect. 

Charles Barkley kicked off proceedings by saying that he favoured the Indiana Pacers to become the new NBA Champions. Ex-Miami Heat star Shaquille O'Neal was having none of Barkley's comments however and made it known who he thought would go all the way in May. 

"I think Miami has more experience (than Indiana)." Shaq commented ahead of the All-Star Weekend. "Kenny (TNT colleague Kenny Smith) always makes his point that no-one has beaten the Heat yet in a series. 

I understand that Indiana has a better regular season record right now, but just 'cause you have home-court advantage, doesn't guarantee that you're going to go to a Championship or win a Championship.

So right now i'm leaning towards a healthy and experienced Miami."

O'Neal played for the Heat from 2004-2008 - after being traded following a contract dispute with the Lakers - and won a title with Miami in the 2006 season. And he expects this season's side to do exactly the same. 

Barkley had earlier said that he fancied the Pacers to win, citing the wear and tear the Heat are going through, and picked out Lebron James and Dwyane Wade in particular as suffering.

Kenny Smith chimed in with praise for the versatility of Chris Bosh, who is normally a center but has been getting increased minutes at power forward.

"Chris Bosh is the most underrated power forward in basketball," he said, "because of what he does on the offensive end and how he creates so many mismatch problems."

Keeping in character with their show on the Turner Network, all three of the analysts differed on their selections for Champions.

Charles expects the Pacers to take the title, Shaq fancies the defending champs to 'Three-peat' and Smith is backing a Kevin Durant inspired Oklahoma City Thunder to triumph in the post-season. 

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