Shaquille O’Neal Nearly Embarrassed Himself After Taking On WNBA Star’s Hilarious Shooting Challenge

Published 12/22/2021, 7:30 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 14: Shaquille O’Neal attends the ESPN Gala: “30 For 30: This Magic Moment” Screening during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)


Shaquille O’Neal was one of the best players of his generation and has been credited with revolutionizing the role of a center in the NBA. He won four NBA championships in his career and is best known for his eight-year stint with the Lakers. Shaq is currently a pundit on ‘NBA on TNT’ and has given some interesting insights during the post-game shows.

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Shaq won a three-peat with the Lakers in the early 2000s. However, despite having a much stronger and more experienced roster than before, the Lakers are struggling this season. The Lakers lost 108-90 at home to Phoenix Suns, their third straight loss. Things aren’t going well for the Lakers as their star Anthony Davis is out for the next few days due to an injury.

Nov 21, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) and forward Anthony Davis (3) react after a play during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Shaquille O’Neal was present during the latest ‘NBA on TNT’ show and gave his verdict on the game. However, during the show, he was challenged by Candace Parker to shoot three. Shaq nearly embarrassed himself as he went 0/7 at the start of the challenge.

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Shaquille O’Neal goes 0/7 after being challenged by Candace Parker on ‘NBA on TNT’ show

Shaquille O’Neal recently appeared on the ‘NBA on TNT’ show along with WNBA star Candace Parker. During the show, Shaq admitted that he would never go 1/13 despite not being a shooter.

“LeBron is gonna be LeBron. He’s kicking out to you. I’m not a shooter, but I’m not going 1 for 13. Guarantee you that,” Shaq said during the show.

To this, Candace Parker challenged him. Shaq accepted the challenge and said: “Give me the ball, right now”. He started shooting from beyond the arc and went 0/7 in the beginning. But he finally managed to break in the deadlock in his eighth attempt.

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It was a fun moment inside the TNT studio. Shaq is one of the greatest centers the NBA has ever seen. However, there’s something that he only achieved once in his whole career. He drained just one from the downtown throughout his career.

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Shaq’s only three-pointer came in 1996 when he used to play for Orlando Magic. The Magic were 37-25 in the first quarter with just 2 secs remaining in the clock. Shaq received a long pass from Joe Wolf and hoisted it towards the basket from beyond the arc. The shot went in as the buzzer sounded. He ended the game with 31 points.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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