Ernie Johnson sings as Charles Barkley remains silent, but it’s Shaquille O’Neal who steals the scene with his deep voice and his perfect grace. Barkley tried to win the Toronto Raptors at Jurassic Park over by picking the Raptors and ditching his Bucks truck for the night. But when the crowd breaks into “O Canada” — the Canadian National Anthem — Shaq shines brightest. He’s a performer at heart, so no surprise. In fact Shaq is probably on his way to your town soon bringing the bass with his superstar DJ’ing gig.
You half expect Shaq could sing “O Canada” in French too, the way it’s also often sung. But the big fella’s enthusiasm and aplomb defeats even Barkley’s cheap knock on his performance. Barkley says it’s “bad karaoke.” Shaq just smiles — the NBA legend knows he just crushed the tune and honored it properly.