“You father is an IDIOT” Shaquille O’Neal gives heartfelt advice to son Shareef

“You father is an IDIOT” Shaquille O’Neal gives heartfelt advice to son Shareef

Shaquille O'Neal and Shareef O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal has always kept things related to basketball and league very real. And, that’s exactly what he’s doing right now with his son Shareef who was unfortunate on the draft night as he went undrafted. Shaquille O’Neal also didn’t really want him to be a part of the class as he probably knew the end results and wanted him to complete his education first. Today Big Diesel is a Hall of Famer and he is also known as the most dominant force ever seen in the league. Shareef though has those genetics but honestly, his dad is a unique and unrepeatable talent.

Shaquille O'Neal of Los Angeles Lakers
Shaquille O’Neal of Los Angeles Lakers

The story would have been very different from what it is, as Shareef O’Neal has that spirit and mentality it takes to be on that level. But his college career got ruined due to heart surgery and multiple injuries which limited him on the court. He began his college career at UCLA (2018-2020) but missed the freshman year due to heart issues his return was also not that great as he was on the road to recovery. In February 2020 he announced his transfer to LSU where Shaquille O’Neal has his jersey retired. But he wasn’t able to make that loud of a sound and eventually no one picked him during the draft.

But the Los Angeles Lakers backed him up and played him in the Summer League but again he lost the long race and didn’t get a roster spot. Shaquille O’Neal though has always shared some valuable advice with him and has made it clear that he’ll never be him or like him as he was a monster out there. According to USA Today, the advice Shaquille O’Neal gave Shareef on his way to the pro leagues is to find motivation and start putting the work in.

As Shaquille O’Neal quoted: “I tell him all the time: ‘You are never going to be me. Don’t let people tell you that you’re me because you’re not. Your father is crazy. Your father is an idiot. Your father was a monster on the court. You’re not like that. Develop your game. Develop your style. It’s fortunate and unfortunate that you’ll have to live with that name. But create your own way…’”

Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O’Neal

Further, Shaquille added: “Hopefully, that takes the pressure off because I was crazy. I had to make it. He don’t really have to make it. But I had to make it. So I ran through walls because my motivation was different. I only had one thing: I had to buy my mom a house. Even if I just played for two years, as long as that lady got a new house, I was happy. He has to find his motivation and go for it.” Shaq is just being honest and giving Shareef some very important reality checks as in the end he wants his son to win the race and do what he wants to do.

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Can Shareef carry Shaquille O’Neal’s legacy?

Shareef O'Neal
Shareef O’Neal

Shareef O’Neal has the potential to make it to the league and even dominate the stars. As he ain’t a quitter and right now he is grinding in the G-League with Team Ignite so he still has a door open to get into the league and prove all his haters wrong just like Shaquille O’Neal did. Honestly, his numbers during his time with the Lakers weren’t that great but once he’s all ready to come back and attack again a strong difference would be seen as he’s a hard worker who is putting the work in to make his dream come true. But it is just too early right now to claim on him for carrying Shaq’s legacy ahead.

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