Shaquille O’Neal Shares Inspirational Message From Michael Jordan

Published 01/13/2022, 12:15 AM EST
MCDONOUGH, GEORGIA – APRIL 07: Shaquille O’Neal speaks during Pepsi Stronger Together and CTG Foundation Atlanta Law Enforcement Press Conference on April 07, 2021 in McDonough, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Pepsi Stronger Together)

Considering Michael Jordan’s legendary status, fans often turn to him for inspiration. This applies to fans as well as NBA players, who have seen him play in real-time. Shaquille O’Neal, who has played against Jordan for a few seasons, recently chose to share one such inspirational quote from Jordan.


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Over the years, Jordan has chosen to share nuggets of knowledge through his words. Many even live by the words of their idol, believing everything they say.

Let’s take a look at the story O’Neal shared and Jordan’s inspirational message.


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Shaquille O’Neal shared an inspiring quote from Michael Jordan

O’Neal – who is relatively active on Instagram – opted to post a story about Jordan.

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen,” Jordan said. The background of the quote is Jordan in The Last Dance.


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The six-time NBA champion’s ten-part docu-series explored his seasons in the Bulls, while Jordan also gave his own opinion in interviews. Some of Jordan’s best quotes are from The Last Dance, a reflection of all his experiences. O’Neal himself has shared some iconic quotes with fans, always voicing his wise thoughts.

Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 25, 2021 Michael Jordan watches the action by the 11th green during the Four-balls REUTERS/Mike Segar

A look at some iconic quotes by Jordan and O’Neal

“excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. you are what you repeatedly do” – O’Neal.

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” – Jordan

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Jordan.

Shaquille O’Neal praises Michael Jordan

O’Neal has always been all praises for Jordan. While on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the four-time NBA champion admitted to being terrified of Jordan the first time he played against him. He referred to him as the ‘greatest player’, unable to deny Jordan’s prowess. “Once I realized he was human … once I realized I’m not as good as him but I’m close, I kind of calmed down,” O’Neal said.


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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 23: Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal attends the unveiling of the Shaq Courts at the Doolittle Complex donated by Icy Hot and the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation in partnership with the city of Las Vegas on October 23, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Icy Hot)

O’Neal, who started out with the Orlando Magic, moved on to play and win for the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat. He has also played for the Phoenix Suns, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Boston Celtics, retiring in 2011.

On the other hand, Jordan spent most of his years with the Chicago Bulls. He played his last two seasons with the Washington Wizards, retiring in 2003 with three titles.


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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.